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2022 Archive

Clock for quantum and fundamental physics
November 28, 2022, Jun Ye, University of Colorado, Boulder

Narrowing the search for axion dark matter
November 14, 2022, Ben Safdi, University of California, Berkeley

Segre Lecture: 14 billion years on, what can we learn about original imperfection?
November 7, 2022, Eric Cornell, University of Colorado, Boulder

Stars and star clusters in the distant Universe seen through Einstein’s Lens
October 31, 2022, Liang Dai, University of California, Berkeley

Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) as scientific supercomputers
October 24, 2022, Guifre Vidal, Google Quantum AI

Neurophysics: revealing the emergence of cognition from the collective dynamics of interacting neurons
October 17, 2022, Surya Ganguli, Stanford University

Understanding the Nature of Matter with Polarized Targets
October 10, 2022, Elena Long, University of New Hampshire

Cosmology:  What we know, what we don’t know and what we don’t know we don’t know
September 19, 2022, Michael Turner, University of Chicago

Orbital magnetism in graphene heterostructures
September 12, 2022, Andrea Young, University of California, Santa Barbara

Oppenheimer Lecture: The Quantum Origins of Gravity
April 25, 2022, Leonard Susskind, Stanford University

Evolving Networks in Matter and Mind
April 18, 2022, Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania

Mining the transient sky in the new era of Time Domain Multi-Messenger investigations
April 11, 2022, Raffaella Margutti, University of California, Berkeley

Making Quantum Matter from Light: Laughlin Puddles, Mott Insulators, and Strongly Interacting Fluids
April 4, 2022, Jon Simon, Stanford University

Folds, cuts and isometries: art and science 
March 14, 2022, L Mahadevan, Harvard University

Examining Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry with DUNE 
March, 7, 2022, Brooke Russell, LBNL

Cultivating Equity-Focused Change in University Physics Departments
February 28, Gina Quan, San Jose State University

Recreational Biology: from animals in flatland to topological traps
February 7, 2022, Manu Prakash, Stanford University

From Dinosaurs to Nuclear Waste—an adventure in physics
January 31, 2022, Richard Muller, University of California, Berkeley

Breaking the Standard Model (of Embryonic Development)
January 24, 2022, Hernan Garcia, University of California, Berkeley


The Black Hole Information Paradox in the Age of Holographic Entanglement Entropy
November 29, 2021, Netta Englehardt, MIT

Electrically charged skyrmions and superconductivity
November 22, 2021, Michael Zaletel, University of California, Berkeley

What must change for things not to stay the same?
November 15, 2021, Colette Patt, University of California, Berkeley

Exploring the Unexplored: Searching for Dark Matter in the mass range from 10meV-1GeV
November 8, 2021, Matt Pyle, University of California, Berkeley

Random Close Packing as a Dynamical Phase Transition: Jamming, Hyperuniformity and Photonics
November 1, 2021, Paul Chaikin, NYU

Many-body physics with arrays of individual atoms and optical dipoles
October 25, 2021, Antoine Browaeys, Institut d’Optique

Can a solid-state quantum simulator help us understand materials?
October 18, 2021, David Golghaber-Gordon, Stanford University

The Art of the Impossible: Probing Challenging Higgs Channels at the LHC
October 11, 2021, Heather Gray, University of California, Berkeley

Node-Pore Sensing: How a (Humble) Four-Terminal Measurement Can Measure the Mechanical Properties of Single Cells
October 4, 2021, Lydia Sohn, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Characterizing mesoscopic antiferromagnetic domains in the dilute limit with coherent x-ray diffraction
September 27, 2021, Alex Frano, University of California, San Diego

Cosmic alchemy in the era of gravitational wave astronomy
September 20, 2021, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, University of California, Santa Cruz

2021 Department Welcome and First Tea
September 13, 2021, Presented by Chair James Analytis

Atoms Interlinked by Light: Programmable Interactions and Emergent Geometry
April 26, 2021, Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University

Measuring your ingredients: topological phases for quantum computing
April 19, 2021, Sydney Schreppler, Microsoft

Neutrino Surprises
April 12, 2021, Wick Haxton, University of California, Berkeley

Reproducibility and contingency in the evolution and ecology of microbial communities
April 5, 2021, Alvaro Sanchez, Yale University

Biological tissues as mechanical metamaterials
March 29, 2021, Lisa Manning, Syracuse University

The New Nuclear Arms Race, Its Dangers, and How to Turn it Around
March 15, 2021, Rob Goldston, Princeton University

Making dark matter out of light
March 8, 2021, Katelin Schutz, Pappalardo Fellow & NASA Einstein Fellow in the MIT Department of Physics

How neural circuits are wired up during development to perform computations
March 1, 2021, Marla Feller, University of California, Berkeley

Nematic Fluctuations in Iron-based Mott Insulators
February 22, 2021, Byron Freelon, University of Houston

Moiré Magic
February 8, 2021, Allan Macdonald, The University of Texas at Austin

Making metal halide perovskite photovoltaics a reality: an update on state-of-the-art
February 1, 2021, Joseph Berry, NREL

From the Black Hole Conundrum to the Structure of Quantum Gravity
January 25, 2021 Yasunori Nomura, University of California, Berkeley


Studying Hot QCD with Jets
November 30, 2020, Sevil Salur, Rutgers University

Broken symmetries in living matter
November 23, 2020, Nikta Fakhri, MIT

How do hierarchical materials form, transform, and transport energy at the nanoscale?
November 16, 2020, Naomi Ginsberg, University of California, Berkeley

Covid-19: Pandemics, History and Science
November 9, 2020, Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard University

Cosmology in the era of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves
November 2, 2020, Marcelle Soares-Santos, University of Michigan

Proton and nuclear structure from the Standard Model
October 26, 2020, Phiala Shanahan, MIT

Exploring Symmetry Violations with Free Neutrons
October 19, 2020, Bradley Filippone, Caltech

Overcoming Barriers to Engagement of Underrepresented Students in STEM PhD Programs
October 12, 2020, Alexander Rudolph, California State Polytechnic University

Future Directions for Nuclear Energy
September 28, 2020, Per F. Peterson, University of California, Berkeley- Department of Nuclear Engineering

2020 Physics Department Welcome & First Tea
September 14, 2020, Chair James Analytis, UC Berkeley

Collective Dynamics of Coexisting Spin Textures: The Antiferromagnetic Switching of FexNbS2
September 21, 2020, Eran Maniv, University of California, Berkeley

Microscopic Evidence for a Chiral Superconducting Order Parameter in the Heavy Fermion Superconductor UTe2
September 14, 2020, Vidya Madhavan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2020 Commencement Acknowledgement
May 26, 2020 to Wednesday, May 27, 2020

COVID-19: Tracking, Data Privacy & Getting the Numbers Right
May 13, 2020 to May 14, 2020, Saul Perlmutter and UC Berkeley Faculty, University of California, Berkeley

Physics-Based Approaches to Understanding the Spread of COVID-19
May 4, 2020, Uros Seljak and Vir Bulchandani, University of California, Berkeley

Nanomaterials and Light for Sustainability and Societal Impact
February 25, 2020, Naomi J. Halas, Rice University

Controlling Interfacial Reactivity with 2D Atomic Heterostructures: Electrointercalation of Li Ions
March 9, 2020, Kwabena Bediako, UC Berkeley, Dept. of Chemistry

Fundamental Particle Physics with Trapped Molecular Ions
February 24, 2020, Yuval Shagam, JILA

Lightning in a Canteen: The Promise of Plasma-Treated Refreshment for Survival
March 3, 2020, John Foster, University of Michigan

Cooking, Fishing and Jogging Through Phase Space: A Practical Guide to Discovering and Understanding New Materials
February 11, 2020, Paul C. Canfield, Iowa State University / Ames Laboratory

Optical Detection of Mott and Generalized Wigner Crystal States in WSe2/WS2 Moiré Superlattices
January 27, 2020, Emma Regan, University of California, Berkeley

Scanning the Sky for Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter
February 4, 2020, Kerstin Perez, MIT

Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor
January 28, 2020, John Martinis, UC Santa Barbara and Google

Microscopic Robots
February 10, 2020, Paul McEuen, Cornell University


Constraints on Quantum Gravity
November 26, 2019, Hirosi Ooguri, Caltech and Kavli IPMU

Strain Modulated Superlattices in Graphene
November 25, 2019, Eric Hudson, Penn State University, Department of Physics

To the Corona and Back with a NASA Spacecraft: The First Perhelia of Parker Solar Probe
November 19, 2019, Stuart Bale, UC Berkeley & Space Sciences Laboratory

The Josephson Effect as a Tool for Creating Topological Superconductivity
November 18, 2019, Ady Stern, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Driving Quantum Science and Technology with Semiconductors
November 5, 2019, David Awschalom, University of Chicago

Ultrafast Enhancement of Exchange Interaction and Short Range Spin Correlations Probed by Magnetoelastic Coupling in CrSiTe3
November 4, 2019, Alon Ron, Caltech

2019 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Jocelyn Bell Burnell
November 2, 2019, Jocelyn Bell Burnell

How Do Emergin Light Harvesting Materials Form, Transform, and Transport Energy at the Nanoscale?
October 28, 2019, Naomi Ginsberg, University of California-Berkeley, Departments of Chemistry and Physics

Catching and Reversing a Quantum Jump Mid-Flight
October 21, 2019, Michel Devoret, Yale University

Intermediate Energy Spin Dynamics
October 21, 2019, Roderich Moessner, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

The Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program: From Revolutionizing the Way We Detect and Visualize (Nuclear) Radiation to Enhancing Community Resilience
October 14, 2019, Kai Vetter, University of California, Berkeley

An Atomic Scale Look at Point Defects in 2D Semiconductors
October 14, 2019, Bruno Schuler, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA

"Diagnosing Quantum Chaos in Many-Body Systems Using Entanglement as a Resource"
October 7, 2019, Marcel Franz, University of British Columbia, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

Searching for Axion Dark Matter Below 1 Micro-eV: The Dark Matter Radio
October 7, 2019, Kent Irwin, Stanford University

Static and Dynamic Control of Topological Matter
September 30, 2019, Sinead Griffin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New States in Complex Systems
September 30, 2019, Adilson E. Motter, Northwestern University

Physics/SQB Presents: Dimensionless Numbers in Brain Science
September 23, 2019, Markus Meister, Caltech

Atom Defined Fabrication Comes of Age: Binary Logic and an Ising Simulator
September 23, 2019, Robert Wolkow, University Alberta

Symposium for Mary K. Gaillard
September 21, 2019 to September 23, 2019

Quantum Sensing at High Pressures
September 16, 2019, Chong Zu, UC Berkeley

Optoelectronic Properties of Hybrid Halide Perovskites From First Principles
September 9, 2019, Marina Filip, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Department of Physics, University of California Berkeley

2019 Department Welcome & First Tea
August 26, 2019 to August 27, 2019, Chair Wick Haxton, UC Berkeley

Tuning Energy Levels, Energy Flow and Disorder in Nanomaterials Through the External Environment
August 26, 2019, Dr. Archana Raja, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Quantum Computing with Superconducting Qubits
May 24, 2019 to May 25, 2019, Barbara Jones, IBM Theoretical and Computational Physics Group

2019 Physics/Astronomy Commencement
May 21, 2019 to May 22, 2019

When Quantum Materials Get Hot: Anomolous Thermal Conduction and Radiation
May 1, 2019 to May 2, 2019, Junqiao Wu, UC Berkeley

Topological Hydrodynamics in Insulators
April 29, 2019, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UCLA

Realizing the Promise of Quantum Computation
April 24, 2019 to April 25, 2019, Birgitta Whaley, UC Berkeley

Engineering the Topology of Graphene Nanoribbons
April 22, 2019, Daniel Rizzo, U.C Berkeley

Physics Archaeology: Unearthing a 45 Year Old Quantum Liquid
April 15, 2019, Patrick Lee, MIT

Ultracold Molecules as Quantum Tools: From Particle Physics to Chemical Reaction Dynamics
April 10, 2019 to April 11, 2019, Dave DeMille, Yale University

Tunable Mott Insulator and Superconductivity in Trilayer Graphenee on Boron Nitride Moiré Superlattice
April 8, 2019, Guorui Chen, UCB & LBNL

Towards Higher-Tc Cuprate Superconductors
April 1, 2019, Yu He, Stanford University

Following Spin Currents Through Multilayered Structures
March 25, 2019, Elke Arenholz, Lawrence Berkeley Nathal Laboratory, Advanced Light Source

Sandeep Jauhar: Physicist, Doctor, Writer
March 21, 2019 to March 22, 2019, Sandeep Jauhar

Entanglement in Quantum Solids and the Second Quantum Revolution
March 20, 2019 to March 21, 2019, Ashvin Vishwanath, Harvard University

Electrical Transport and Spectroscopy Studies of the Delafossite Layerd Metals
March 18, 2019, Andy Mackenzie, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics, Dresden

2019 Oppenheimer Lecture: Teaching for Learning
March 14, 2019, Helen R. Quinn, Stanford University, SLAC

Challenges at the Entanglement Frontier
March 14, 2019 to March 15, 2019, John Preskill, Caltech

Advances in Precisoin Measurement with Electron Microscopy
March 11, 2019, Mary Scott, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Quantum Science and Technology Seminar
March 6, 2019 to May 9, 2019

Quantum Computing Algorithms
March 6, 2019 to March 7, 2019, Umesh Vazirani, UC Berkeley

Suppression of the Exciton Bose Condensate in TiSe2Cux by Metallic Screening
February 4, 2019, Peter Abbamonte, Illinois

Quantum Physics and Quantum Engineering in Atomically Thin Crystals
February 25, 2019, Dr. Qiong Ma, MIT

New Tools for Probing Classical and Quantum Nanomaterials
February 11, 2019, Dr. Arthur Barnard, Stanford University

Quantum Materials: Insights From Near Field Nano-Optics
January 28, 2019, Dmitri Basov, Columbia University

Tracking Workshop for HEP
January 14, 2019 to January 20, 2019


Perovskite Chalcogenides: New Semiconductors for Visible to Infrared Optoelectronics
December 3, 2018, Jayakanth Ravichandran, University of Southern California

Electronic Thermal Conduction in Solids
November 26, 2018, Professor Junqiao Wu, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley

Hydrodynamics of Topological Fields in Insulators
November 19, 2018, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UCLA

2018 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Xiaowei Zhuang
November 8, 2018, Xiaowei Zhuang, Haward Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University

Revolutionary Materials Path for Computing Beyond CMOS Transistors
November 5, 2018, Sasikanth Manipatruni, Intel: Quantum Materials for BML

A Fermi Liquid with Spin-Orbit Coupling
Monday, October 29, 2018, Dmitrii Maslov, University of Florida

The Non-Hermitian Chern Insulator
October 22, 2018, Matthew J. Gilbert, Stanford University/University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

Topology and Entanglement Detected by Partial Transpose
October 15, 2018, Shinsei Ryu, University of Chicago

Semimetals Unlimited: Unbounded Electrical and Thermal Transport Properties in Three-Dimensional Nodal Semimetals
October 8, 2018, Brian Skinner, MIT

GW170817: A Neutron Star Merger Observed in Gravitational and Electromagnetic Waves
October 4, 2018 to October 5, 2018, Duncan Brown, Syracuse University

Atomically Thin Integrated Circuits for Technology in the 21st Century
October 1, 2018, Jiwoong Park, University of Chicago

Hunting For Topological Phases Amidst Hofstadter Butterflies and Disordered Landscapes
September 24, 2018, Smitha Vishveshwara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Correlated Multi-Particle Excitations in Reduced-Dimensionality Systems
September 17, 2018, Felipe H. da Jornada, UC Berkeley and LBL

Negative Capacitance in a Ferroelectic Material and its Potential Use For Beyond Boltzmann Limit Transistors
September 10, 2018, Sayeef Salahuddin, EECS, UC Berkeley

2018 Department Welcome & First Tea
August 27, 2018 to August 28, 2018, Chair Wick Haxton

Launch Day For New Freshman and Transfers
August 21, 2018 to August 22, 2018

2017-18 Physics/Astronomy Commencement
May 15, 2018 to May 16, 2018, Rainer Weiss, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, 2017 Nobel Laureate

Magnetoelectricity in 2D Materials
April 23, 2018, Kin Fai Mak, Departments of physics and applied & engineering physics Cornell University

Cal Day 2018
April 21, 2018 to April 22, 2018

Nanoscale Excitations in Space and Time
April 16, 2018, Wilson Ho, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

Charge Order Fluctuations in the Cuprate Superconductor Nd2-xCexCu04 Measured by Ultra-High-Resolution RIXS
April 9, 2018, Eduardo H. da Silva Neto, University of California, Davis

2018 Undergraduate Poster Session
April 6, 2018 to April 7, 2018

2D Magnets and Heterstructures
April 2, 2018, Xiaodong Xu, Department of Physics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Washington, Seattle WA

Correlative Microscopy: A Guide to Effective Materials Exploration
March 19, 2018, Shaul Aloni, Molecular Foundry LBNL

Emergent Space-Time Supersymmetry at the Boundary of Topological Phases
March 12, 2018, Hong Yao, Institute for Advanced Study Tsinghua University

Topology of the Fermi Surface Wavefunctions and Magnetic Oscillations in Metals
February 5, 2018, Leonid Glazman, Yale University

Emergent Chiral Textures in Nanoscale Magnetic & Electric Domain Walls
February 12, 2018, Padraic Shafer, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Topological Phases and Topological Materials from Elementary Band Representations
February 26, 2018, Maia G. Vergniory, Donostia International Physics Center, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian,Spain University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain

2018 Oppenheimer Lecture with Michael S. Turner
February 27, 2018, Michael S. Turner, Bruce V. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Searching For New Physics with Small Scale Experiments and LIGO
January 30, 2018, Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University

Iron-Based High-Tc Superconductors: Brief Review and New Results in Superconducting Ladders BaFe2S3 AND BaFe2Se3
January 29, 2018, Elbio Dagotto, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Ubiquitous SQUID: From Cosmology to Medicine
January 23, 2018, John Clarke, UC Berkeley

Mapping the Cosmos with the Dark Energy Survey
January 23, 2018, Chihway Chang, KICP Fellow at Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago

Spring 2018 Colloquia Schedule
January 23, 2018 to April 23, 2018

Nonlinear THz Optics as Probe of Quantum Solids
January 22, 2018, Andrea Cavalleri, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg GERMANY Department of Physics, University of Oxford

290K Seminars Spring 2018
January 22, 2018


Machine Learning For Jet Physics
December 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017

Spectroscopy for the Masses - of 2D Carbon Atoms
November 27, 2017, Eric Heller, Harvard University

Real-Time Optical Imaging of Flux Dynamics in Superconductors
November 18, 2017, Tom H. Johansen, University of Oslo, Norway

Switchng of 2D Topological Materials Via Single Terahertz Light Pulses
November 13, 2017, Aaron M. Lindenberg, Stanford University

Resilience in Science and Industry
November 10, 2017, Dr. Sam Eletr, Andrew Alliance

Dark Matter as Art
November 7, 2017 to November 8, 2017

Modulating Electron Beams in Space and Time to Probe for Genuine Structures and Fuction at the Atomic Scale
November 6, 2017, Christian Kisielowski, LBNL

2017 Emilio Segre Lecture Featuring Takaaki Kajita
October 31, 2017, Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo

Tunable Psuedospin Physics and Excitons in Bilayer Graphene
October 30, 2017, Long Ju, Cornell University

Orbital Selective Pairing in Fe-Based Superconductors
October 23, 2017, Peter Hirschfeld, University of Florida

Understanding the Superconducting Enhancement of FeSe Thin Films
October 16, 2017, Rob Moore, SLAC

Fundamental Physics with (Weird) Magnetic Resonance
October 16, 2017, Dmitry Budker, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Topological Aspects of Nonlinear Optical Effects
October 9, 2017, Takahiro Morimoto, University of California, Berkeley

Cleaning Up Teller's Mess: Radiation Studies in the Northern Marshall Islands
October 2, 2017, Emlyn Willard Hughes, Columbia University

Electronic Nemacity in a Cuprate Superconductor and Beyond
October 2, 2017, Jie Wu, Brookhaven Nat. Lab.

Bad Metals and Bad Insulators: A View from the Large-N Limit
September 25, 2017, Erez Berg, University of Chicago

Bacterial Motility: Swim or Glide
September 18, 2017, Howard C. Berg, Harvard University

Design and Construction of Oxide Heterostructures with Emergent Properties
September 18, 2017, Julia Mundy, UCB

Temperature Evolution of the Kondo Lattice CeCoIn5
September 11, 2017, Jonathan Denlinger, Advanced Light Source, LBNL

290K Seminars Fall 2017
September 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Colloquia Schedule
September 11, 2017 to November 28, 2017

Testing General Relativity with Infrared Interferomtery of the Massive Black Hole in the Galactic Center: An Homage to Charles Hard Townes
September 11, 2017, Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Garching, FRG & Departments of Physics & Astronomy, UC Berkeley

2017 Department Welcome & First Tea
August 28, 2017 to August 29, 2017, Chair Wick Haxton

2016-17 Physics/Astronomy Commencement
May 16, 2017 to May 17, 2017

Quantum Friction Effects in Superfluids
April 24, 2017, Victor Galitski, Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland

2017 Cal Day in Physics
April 22, 2017 to April 23, 2017

Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev Model as a Liouville Quantum Mechanics
April 17, 2017, Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota

Precise Numerical Simulations of Materials - From Semiconductors to High-Temperature Superconductors
April 10, 2017, Garnet Chan, Caltech

New Physics Gets a Boost: Jet Substructure at the Large Hadron Collider
April 10, 2017, Dr. Jesse Thaler, MIT

Discrete Time Crystals: Rigidity, Criticality and Realizations
April 3, 2017, Norman Yao, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Field Induced Multi-Q Magnetic Order in Heavy-Fermion Ce-Au-Sb2
March 27, 2017, Guy Marcus, The Johns Hopkins University

Control and Charaterization of Two-Dimensional Heterostructure Interfaces
March 20, 2017, Mark Hersam, Northwestern University

nu Windows to the Early Universe
March 20, 2017, Dr. Daniel Green, University of Toronto & UC Berkeley

Astrophysical Neutrinos: What Do They Tell Us About the Cosmis Accelerators?
March 13, 2017, Dr. Spencer Klein, LBNL / UC Berkeley

New Topological States of Matter: Platform for Emergent Dirac, Majorana and Weyl Fermions
March 7, 2017, Dr. Zahid Hasan, Princeton & LBL

2017 Oppenheimer Lecture
February 28, 2017, John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology

Particle Physics Beyond Colliders
February 14, 2017, Asimina Arvanitaki, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Building a Theory of Transport for Strange Metals
February 13, 2017, Dr. Andrew Lucas, Stanford University

Adventures in Urban Informatics
February 7, 2017, Dr. Steven Koonin, NYU

The Signature of Inhomogeneous Superconductivity
February 6, 2017, Charles C. Agosta, Clark University

Solving Big Problesm with Small Accelerators: From Colliders to Medical Devices Based on Laser Plasma Accelerators
January 31, 2017, Dr. Wim Leemans, LBNL

Quantum Criticality and Emergent Phases in Correlated Systems
January 30, 2017, Qimiao Si, Rice University

Spring 2017 Colloqia Schedule
January 24, 2017 to April 24, 2017

The Tiniest Perfect-Liquid Droplets
January 24, 2017, Julia Velkovska, Professor, Vanderbilt University

Deciphering the Rosetta Stone in the High Temperature Superconductivity Problem
January 23, 2017, Chandra Varma, UC Riverside

Frontiers in Quantum Coherent Science
January 9, 2017 to January 13, 2017


Sub-eV 2016
December 7, 2016 to December 10, 2016

"Science as Usual" in Unusual Times?
December 6, 2016, Community Forum

3rd Berkeley Workshop on Direct Detection of Dark Matter
December 5, 2016 to December 8, 2016

Ultrasensitive Searches for the Axion
November 29, 2016, Karl van Bibber, Chair & Professor, UC Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering

Pairing in Luttinger Liquids and Quantum Hall States
November 28, 2016, Ady Stern, Weizmann Institute

Beat Generation: Ciliary and Flagellar Motion Driven by Cooperative Molecular Motors
November 22, 2016, Jonathon Howard, Professor, Yale University

Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter
November 15, 2016, David Pines, Santa Fe Institute and UC Davis

The Raggedy Edge: Mapping Electronic States at Organic Interfaces
November 14, 2016, Sarah A. Burke, Department of Physics & Astronomy and Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C.

Our Quantum Society: Living with Entanglement
November 8, 2016

New Topological Phases in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides
November 7, 2016, Shuyun Zhou, Tsinghua University

Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies
October 31, 2016, Chung-Pei Ma, Professor, UC Berkeley

Electron-Lattice and Electron-Phonon Coupling in Topological Crystalline Insulators
October 31, 2016, Vidya Madhavan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

New Insight into the Phase Diagram of the Cuprates
October 24, 2016, Martin Greven, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

What Prevents Negative Energy From Violating Causality?
October 24, 2016, Aron Wall, Princeton IAS

Ultrafast Light-Induced Structural Reorganizations in Hybrid Perokvskites
October 17, 2016, Aaron M. Lindenberg, Stanford University

Exploring Nanoscale Physics: From Leapfroggin Atoms to Relativistic Quantum Craters
October 17, 2016, Alex Zettl, Professor, UC Berkeley

Nano-Optics of 2D Materials
October 10, 2016, Michael Fogler, UC San Diego

Emergent Locality and Gravity From Quantum Error Correction
October 10, 2016, Daniel Harlow, PhD, Princeton

Collective Phenomena in Cold Indirect Excitons
Monday, October 3, 2016, Leonid Butov, UC San Diego

2016 Segrè Lecture Featuring Rainer Weiss
October 4, 2016 to October 5, 2016, Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Physics at MIT

Today's Fresh Sheet: Latest Results on Demixing of Lipids and Proteins in Membranes
September 26, 2016, Sarah Keller, Professor, University of Washington

The Blessing and Curse of Defects in Novel Semiconductors
September 26, 2016, Alexander Weber-Bargioni, LBNL

Low-Energy Electrodynamics of 3D Topological Insulators
September 19, 2016, Liang Wu, UC Berkeley Physics

The Role of Chance in the Survival of the Fittest
September 19, 2016, Oskar Hallatschek, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Shining Light on Magnetism: Controlled Magnetic Switching with Optical Laser Pulses
September 12, 2016, Eric Fullerton, Center for Memory and Recording Research, UC San Diego

PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES: Recommitting to Lincoln's Vision
September 12, 2016, Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus & Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley

Two Sigma Info Session
September 8, 2016, Two Sigma

Fall 2016 290K Condensed Matter Seminars
August 29, 2016 to November 28, 2016

Fall 2016 Colloquia Schedule
August 29, 2016 to November 29, 2016

Emergent Periodic Modulations of D-Wavefunctions Probed by Resonant X-Ray Scattering
August 29, 2016, Alex Frano, UC Berkeley Physics

2016 Department Welcome & First Tea
August 29, 2016 to August 30, 2016, Steve Boggs, Chair, UC Berkeley Physics Department

Theoretical Spectroscopy Using Density Functional Theory
May 2, 2016, Leeor Kronik, Weizmann Institute of Science

Graduation Photo Event
April 30, 2016 to May 1, 2016

Radiation Effects in CMOS Technologies for Particle Detectors
April 26, 2016 to April 28, 2016, Federico Faccio, CERN

Protein Mechanics
April 25, 2016, Rama Ranganathan, UT Southwestern

Probing Electronic Nematicity Via Elastoresistance Measurements
April 25, 2016, Ian Fisher, Stanford University

The ATLAS Experimenbt @ 13 TeV: Dispatches From the Energy Frontier
April 18, 2016, Lauren Tompkins, Stanford

The Power of Soft X-Rays for the Study of Matter: Accomplishments and Future Challenges
April 18, 2016, Joachim Stöhr, SLAC & Stanford University

Don't Miss CalDay in Physics!
April 17, 2016 to April 18, 2016

Probing Dirac Electron Physics in Graphitic Materials
April 11, 2016, Feng Wang, UC Berkeley

What Does the Clock Speed of my Computer Have to do with the Fundamental Constants of Nature, ℏ, c, q, m?
April 11, 2016, Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley EECS

The Event Horizon Telescope: Imaging and Time-Resolving a Black Hole
April 4, 2016, Shep Doeleman (Haystack/MIT)

Imaging and Tailoring Chiral Magnetism
April 4, 2016, Andreas K. Schmid, LBNL

2015-16 Undergraduate Poster Session
April 1, 2016 to April 2, 2016

Entering the Academic Profession of Physics: A Two Part Workshop
March 30, 2016 to April 1, 2016, Anne MacLachlan, UC Berkeley

Making an Effort to Listen: Mechanical Amplification by Myosin Molecules and Ion Channels in Hair Cells of the Inner Ear
March 28, 2016, Jim Hudspeth, Rockefeller

Superconductivity at Very Low Densities: Exploring Some Old Ideas on an Old Problem
March 28, 2016, Patrick Lee, MIT

Decoding Spacetime
March 14, 2016, Patrick Hayden, Stanford

New Insights into Cosmis Reionization
March 8, 2016, Steven Furlanetto

Quantum Oscillations in Kondo Insulators SmB6
March 7, 2016, Lu Li, University of Michigan Physics

The Physics and Engineering of Advanced Microscopes for Biological Discovery
March 1, 2016, Eric Betzig, HHMI

Enigma of Emergent Quantum Criticality in a First Order Transition with Disorder
February 29, 2016, Sudip Chakravarty, UCLA

The LIGO Discovery of Gravitational Waves
February 24, 2016 to February 25, 2016, Physics-Astronomy Faculty Members, UC Berkeley

Designing Superconductivity: Manipulating Interactions in Arrays of Superconducting Islands
February 23, 2016, Nadya Mason, UIUC

Electron Pairing Without Superconductivity
February 22, 2016, Jeremy Levy, Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Science@Cal Lecture: Holger Müller
February 20, 2016 to February 21, 2016, Holger Müller, UC Berkeley

Symmetry, Topology & Electronic Phases of Matter
February 9, 2016, Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania

Non-Hermitian Light Matter Interactions: Exploiting the Optical Loss
February 8, 2016, Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering & LBNL MSD

Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap
February 2, 2016, David Poland, Yale

Control of Emergent Properties in 1D and 2D Materials by Ionic Gating
February 1, 2016, Wu Shi, UC Berkeley Physics

Tackling Neutrino Oscillations with Nuclear Reactors
January 26, 2016, Kam-Biu Luk, UC Berkeley / LBNL

Spring 2016 290K Condensed Matter Seminar Schedule
January 25, 2016 to May 2, 2016

Imaging Relativistic Fermions in Simple 2D Potentials
January 25, 2016, Dillon Wong, UC Berkeley

Frank Wilczek: The Intersection of Art and Science
January 8, 2016 to January 9, 2016, Frank Wilczek, MIT


How to be Really Good at Not Finding Dark Matter
December 20, 2015 to December 21, 2015, Bob Jacobsen, Professor of Physics and Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, UC Berkeley

What Does the Golden Ratio Have to do With Friction? An Answer Atom by Atom
December 1, 2015, Vladan Vuletic, MIT

Strong Correlation Effects in Iron Chalcogenide Superconductors
November 30, 2015, Ming Yi, UC Berkeley Physics

Explorations in the Physics and Mathematics of Moonshine
November 24, 2015, Shamit Kachru, Stanford

What's Cooking?
November 23, 2015, John Mitchell, Argonne National Laboratory

Probing the Heart of Neutrinos in the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe
November 17, 2015, Yury Kolomensky, UC Berkeley

Observation of Cuprate Fermiology in Electron Doped Iridates
November 16, 2015, Yeong Kwan Kim, Center for Correlated Electron Systems, Institute for Basic Science, South Korea & Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wavefront Shaping For in Vivo Brain Imaging
November 10, 2015, Na Ji, HHMI

What Do Electron-Doped Cuprates Tell Us About Cooper Pairing in High-Tc Superconductors?
November 9, 2015, Richard Greene, Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (CNAM), Department of Physics, University of Maryland

LHC Run 2: Why It Matters
November 6, 2015, Beate Heinemann, Hitoshi Murayama

Strongly Coupled QCD Matter: Very Hot and Very Cool
November 3, 2015, Barbara Jacak, LBL/UC berkeley

Shining (Low Frequency) Light on Quantum Magnets: Ising Spin Chains, Quantum Spin Ice, and Spin-Orbital Liquids
November 2, 2015, Peter Armitage, Department of Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University

A Special Lecture for Students: Big Science
October 30, 2015 to October 31, 2015, Michael Hiltzik, Author, journalist

Transcending Global Conflict: How Basic Science Unifies the World
October 27, 2015

The Origin of Mass of the Visible Universe
October 26, 2015, Zoltan Fodor, University of Wuppertal

A Mapping of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect (FQHE) into a Noninteracting Form
October 26, 2015, Wick Haxton, UC Berkeley Physics

Solar Neutrinos
October 19, 2015, Frank Calaprice, Princeton

New Realizations of Weyl and Dirac Fermioins in Solids
October 19, 2015, Ashvin Vishwanath, UC Berkeley Physics Department

2015 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Steven Chu
October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015, Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and Berkeley Physics Alum

Radiative Heat Transfer at the Nanoscale
October 12, 2015, Pramod Reddy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Superconducting Hybrid Structures Based on Quantum Spin Hall Systems
October 5, 2015, Björn Trauzettel, University of Würzburg, Germany

The Statistical Physics of Deep Learning: On the Beneficial Roles of Dynamic Criticality, Random Landscapes, and the Reversal of Time
October 5, 2015, Surya Ganguli, Stanford

Quantum Quenches: A Probe of Many-Body Quantum Dynamics
September 28, 2015, John Cardy, Oxford

Skyrmions in Chiral Magnets
September 28, 2015, Mohit Randeria, The Ohio State University

The Physics of Atmospheric Instability, Lightning, and Global Warming
September 21, 2015, David Romps, University of California, Berkeley

Join Us on Wednesday: Mary K. Gaillard Book Signing
September 16, 2015

Observation of Floquet-Bloch States on the Surface of a Topological Insulator
September 21, 2015, Nuh Gedik, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

290K Seminars
September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Colloquia Schedule
September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015

Emergent Magnetic Phenomena at Complex Oxide Interfaces
September 14, 2015 to September 15, 2015, Yuri Suzuki, Stanford University

Where Are We With Dark Matter?
September 14, 2015, Peter Fisher, MIT

Fall 2015 Physics Department Welcome and First Tea
August 31, 2015 to September 1, 2015

Fall 2015: First Day of Classes, August 26
August 26, 2015 to August 27, 2015

Lasers, Light and Legacy: Thank You to All Attendees!
August 1, 2015 to August 3, 2015

CalDay 2015 Events, Lectures and Tours
April 18, 2015 to April 19, 2015

Berkeley Math-Physics Meeting
April 8, 2015 to April 10, 2015

Berkeley Physics Prospective Grad Student Open House
March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015

2015 Oppenheimer Lecture: Universe or Multiverse
February 24, 2015, Andrei Linde, Stanford University


2014 Physics Holiday Party
December 13, 2014 to Sunday, December 14, 2014

Berkeley Connect Hosts Panel Discussion on Ethical Choice in Science
November 26, 2014, Panel

Chancellor Emeritus Robert J. Birgeneau Symposium
October 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014

2014 Segrè Lecture
October 18, 2014, Chancellor Emeritus Robert J. Birgeneau, UC Berkeley

Physics Department Showing of PARTICLE FEVER
September 13, 2014 to September 14, 2014, Director Mark Levinson; theoretical physicists from UC Berkeley

2014 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Sylvester Gates
March 18, 2014, Sylvester Gates, University of Maryland

2013 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring David Wineland
October 5, 2013, David Wineland, NIST Physicist, 2012 Nobel Laureate, University of Colorado

2013 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Marvin L. Cohen
March 12, 2013, Marvin L. Cohen, University of California Berkeley

2012 Emilio Segrè Lecture
November 6, 2012 to November 7, 2012, Peter Jenni, CERN Scientist and former ATLAS Spokesperson

2012 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Gerardus 'T Hooft
April 10, 2012, Gerardus 't Hooft, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2011 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Blas Cabrera
October 25, 2011, Blas Cabrera, Stanford University

2011 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Lisa Randall
March 15, 2011, Lisa Randall, Harvard University

2010 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Arthur B. McDonald
October 18, 2010, Arthur B. McDonald, Queens University

2010 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Frank Wilczek
March 2, 2010 to March 3, 2010, Frank Wilczek, M.I.T.


2009 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Andrew E. Lange
November 10, 2009, Andrew E. Lange, Caltech

2009 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
March 10, 2009, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure

2008 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Mildred Dresselhaus
September 23, 2008, Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT

2008 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring N. David Mermin
March 17, 2008, N. David Mermin, Cornell

2007 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Burt Richter
December 10, 2007, Burt Richter, Nobel Laureate, SLAC

2007 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Steven Hawking
March 11, 2007 to March 12, 2007, Steven Hawking, Cambridge

2006 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Peter L. Galison
October 23, 2006, Peter L. Galison, Harvard University

2006 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Michael E. Fisher
March 11, 2006 to March 12, 2006, Michael E. Fisher, University of Maryland

2005 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Clifford Will
October 15, 2005, Clifford Will, Professor of Physics and member of the McDonnel Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University

2005 Oppenheimer Lecture
March 11, 2005 to March 12, 2005, Martin Rees, Cambridge

2004 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Robert H. Socolow
November 24, 2003, Robert H. Socolow, Princeton University

2004 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Edward Witten
March 11, 2004 to March 12, 2004, Edward Witten, Institute of Advanced Study

2003 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Bruno Zumino
March 11, 2003 to March 12, 2003, Bruno Zumino, UC Berkeley

2002 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Robert Laughlin
March 11, 2002 to March 12, 2002, Robert Laughlin, Stanford

2001 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Chen-Ning Yang
March 11, 2001 to March 12, 2001, Chen-Ning Yang, Princeton

2001 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Carlo Rubbia
March 11, 2001 to March 12, 2001, Carlo Rubbia, CERN

2000 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring John C. Mather
March 11, 2000 to March 12, 2000, John C. Mather, NASA, University of Maryland

2000 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Freeman Dyson
March 11, 2000 to March 12, 2000, Freeman Dyson, Princeton

2000 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Lincoln Wolfenstein
November 13, 2000

2000 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring John J. Hopfield
October 15, 2000


1999 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Don J. Anderson
November 1, 1999

1999 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Carl Wieman
March 11, 1999 to March 12, 1999, Carl Wieman, Stanford

1999 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Kip Thorne
March 11, 1999 to March 12, 1999, Kip Thorne, LIGO/VIRGO, Caltech

1998 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Jim Peebles
October 26, 1998

1998 Oppenheimer Lecture Featuring Murry Gell-Mann
March 11, 1998 to March 12, 1998, Murray Gell-Mann, University of Chicago

1998 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Masatoshi Koshiba
March 11, 1998 to March 12, 1998, Masatoshi Koshiba, University of Tokyo

1997 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Wolfgang Ketterle
October 6, 1997, Wolfgang Ketterle, M.I.T.

1996 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Wolfgang Panofsky
October 28, 1996, Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky, California institute of Technology, Princeton University

1996 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring James Cronin
March 11, 1996 to March 12, 1996, James Cronin, University of Chicago

1995 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Bertrand Halperin
October 9, 1995, Bertrand I. Halperin, Harvard University

1994 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Theodor Hänsch
November 28, 1994, Theodor Hänsch, Heidelberg University

1993 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Joseph Taylor
November 17, 1993

1993 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Hans Bethe
February 10, 1993, Hanz Bethe, University of St Andrews

1992 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Martin Reese
March 11, 1992 to March 12, 1992, Martin Reese, Trinity College, Cambridge, Member of Parliament, UK

1990 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Michael Berry
November 26, 1990, Michael Berry, University of Bristol

1990 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Jack Steinberger
October 3, 1990, Jack Steinberger, Columbia University


1989 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Herbert York
November 15, 1989, Herbert York, UC Berkeley

1988 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Chien-Shiung Wu
September 28, 1988, Chien-Shiung Wu, Columbia University

1987 Emilio Segrè Lecture Featuring Eduardo Amaldi
November 11, 1987, Edoardo Amaldi, University of Rome