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Issue 4, Volume 3
March 2010


Testing Gravity on a Very Large (i.e. Cosmological) Scale

Professor Uros Seljak, along with current and former students, puts Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to the test at a distance of about 7 billion light years.


Grappling with the Multiverse

Professor Raphael Bousso, of the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, is one step closer to a Unified Theory. Read here:

Putting Einstein to the Test

UC Berkeley Professor Holger Mueller, along with Energy Secretary Steve Chu, confirm the theory of relativity with 10,000 times more accuracy than ever before!

Upcoming Events

The Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics presents a lecture by:
Savas Dimopoulos,
The Hamamoto Family Professor of Physics, Stanford University
“Particle Physics in the 21st Century”

April 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Sibley Auditorium in the Bechtel Engineering Building

Elementary particle physics is entering a spectacular new era in which experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and at astrophysical observatories will soon start probing some of the most profound questions in physics, such as: Why is gravity so weak? What is the origin of mass? What is the Dark Matter of the Universe? Are there new dimensions of space? Can we produce black holes and strings in the lab? Are there other parallel universes, each with different laws of Nature? LHC is expected to shed light on such questions and lead to a new deeper theory of particle physics. Surprisingly, recent developments suggest that the principle of minimalism which has been driving scientific thinking for centuries, is losing ground to the old principle of plenitude, as the complexity of the extra dimensions in string theory suggests the existence of a plethora of ultra-light particles with exciting observational signatures in Cosmology, Astrophysics and at the LHC.

Tsinghua Week
Monday, April 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm
In Pauley Ballroom (West),
MLK Student Union Center

As part of Tsinghua Week at the University of California, Berkeley the following physicists from both the University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University will speak:

1. Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor and Professor of Physics, UCB
“High Temperature Superconductors: a Surprising Development”

2. Chen-Ning Yang
Professor of Physics, TU
“Some Recent Research in Cold Atoms”

3. Charles H. Townes
Professor of Physics, UCB
"Measurements of Sizes and Shapes of Old Stars and Surrounding Material"

4. Tipei Li
Professor of Physics, TU
“A Cold and Rigid Universe after the Hot Big Bang”

5. George Smoot III
Professor of Physics, UCB

6. Shoushan Fan
Professor of Physics, TU
“Carbon Nanotube: from Materials to Applications”

7. Marjorie Shapiro
Professor of Physics, UCB
"Searching for New Phenomena at the Large Hadron Collider."

8. Qikun Xue
Professor of Physics, TU
“Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth and Novel Properties of Topological Insulator Thin Films”

Recent Lectures Now Available On-Line

The Oppenheimer Lecture with Frank Wilczek

LaserFest Lecture with Charlie Townes, Roger Falcone, Bob Byer and Ed Moses


Cal Day 2010

Saturday, April 17
Bring family and friends to this great event! Here’s just a few of the things that will be happening in the Physics Department that day:

Fun with Physics
The Truth About Antimatter
Combining Physics and Engineering to Find a Cure for Cancer

Hands-On Physics
The Universe Adventure

LabTours and More!!


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