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Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Fall 2019 – Colloquium Schedule

Colloquia are held on Thursdays at 4:10 pm in Webster 17 on the Pullman campus of Washington State University, unless otherwise noted.
Come meet the speaker over coffee & cookies at 3:45 pm in the foyer on the Ground floor above the lecture hall.

*Distinguished Colloquium Series, a reception will be held following these events.

You can help support these events by giving to the Physics Excellence Fund or the S Town Stephenson Lectureship


Date Speaker and Talk Title Host
January 10 Qingze Guan, University of Oklahoma
Title: “Watching ultracold two-body collisions one at a time.”
Peter Engels
*January 17 Michael Landry, LIGO Hanford Observatory
Title: “Gravitational Waves in 2019 and Beyond”
Sukanta Bose
January 24 Guy Worthey, Washington State University
Title: “Galaxy Assembly”
January 31 Cigdem Capan, Washington State University
Title: “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Actinide Tetrafluoride Compounds”
February 7 Felipe da Jornada, University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “Interacting electrons: understanding multiparticle excitations in reduced-dimensional materials”
Brian Saam
February 12
Li Ge, City University of New York
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “Non-Hermitian photonics based on quantum-inspired symmetries”
Brian Saam
February 14 Carolyn Kuranz, University of Michigan
Title: “Shock-driven hydrodynamic instability experiments at the Omega Laser and National Ignition Facility”
Brian Saam
February 21 Hamidreza Ramezani, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “Exploiting wave transport in classical and quantum open systems”
Brian Saam
February 26
Yang Peng, California Institute of Technology
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “Space-time engineering of topological systems”
Brian Saam
February 28 Feng Zhao, Washington State University – Vancouver
Title: “Wide bandgap semiconductors based power electronic devices and MEMS/NEMS”
Yi Gu
March 7 Ashley Cook, University of California Berkeley
Candidate for Open Faculty Position
Title: “Magnetic Weyl and Dirac Kondo semimetal phases in heterostructures”
Brian Saam
March 14 No Colloquium – Spring Break
March 21 No Colloquium
March 28 Ruobing Dong, University of Victoria
Title: “Observational Planet Formation”
Guy Worthey
April 4 Stanley Whitcomb, LIGO
Title: “LIGO and the “Fundamental” Limits to Physical Measurements”
*April 11 Michael Campbell, University of Rochester
Title:“Laser Direct Drive Status and Future Plans”
 Christopher Keane
April 18 Philip Stahl, NASA
Title: “James Webb Space Telescope: The First Light Machine”
May 7
Sergey Filippov, Harvard University
Brian Collins