Physics Colloquium

All are welcome at the Physics Department Colloquium talks. They occur nearly every Wednesday at 4:00 during the semester. The schedule for Spring 2021 has concluded.  Please watch this space for future events.  Regular Physics colloquiums will resume in the Fall semester.  For details please contact Assist. Prof. Sriram Ganeshan at

Here are the Spring 2021 talks.

February 3, 2021
Timothy Gay
Willa Cather Professor of Physics
AMOP Physics and Astronomy
University of Nebraska Lincoln

The Physics of Football

February 10, 2021
Aashish Clerk
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
University of Chicago 

One-way quantum interactions for fun and profit


February 17, 2021
Zia Mian
Senior Research Scholar and Co-Director
Program in Science and Global Security
Princeton School of public and International Affairs 
Princeton University

Dismantling the Doomsday Machine: Science, Technology and Policy Challenges


February 24, 2021
Tom Lubensky
Emeritus Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy 
University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences 
Philadelphia, PA

Topological Mechanics of Critically Coordinated Lattices

March 3, 2021

Bryce Gadway
Associate Professor
AMO/Quantum Physics 
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 
Synthetic lattices for quantum and classical simulators


March 24, 2021
Justin Wilson
Postdoctoral Researher
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers University

Moiré materials and incommensurability-driven phases in two-dimensions

April 7, 2021
Tarun Grover
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics 
University of California San Diego 
La Jolla, CA 
Title to be announced. 

April 14, 2021

Ludvig Berthier
Director of Research
Le Centre National de la Recherch Scientifique (CNRS)
Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C)
Universite de Montpellier, France

The Quest for the Ideal Glass


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Johannes Hofmann
Senior Lecture
Department of Physics
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Exact results for interacting dipolar quantum gases


April 28, 2021

Niranjan Shivaram
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Ultrafast Quantum Dynamics in Molecules on Femtosecond and Attosecond Time Scales.


May 5, 2021
Srividya Iyer-Biswas
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

How Life Shapes Time


May 12, 2021
Kartiek Agarwal
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dynamical decoupling and majorana zero modes


September 2, 2020
Jonathan Simon

Neubauer Family Associate Professor
Department of Physics
James Franck Institute, and the College
University of Chicago

Making quantum matter from light

September 9, 2020

Michael Fogler
Professor, Department of Physics
University of California San Diego

Collective modes of twisted van der Waals materials


September 16, 2020
Tankut Can
Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Theoretical Sciences
Graduate Center, CUNY

Dynamics of Gated Recurrent Neural Networks

September 23, 2020
Jay Deep Sau

Associate Professor
Department of Physics, Joint Quantum Institute and Condensed Matter Theory Center,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD USA

Search for Non-Abelian Majorana particles as a route to topological quantum computation


September 30, 2020
Lukasz Fidkowski

Associate Professor
Department of Physics
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

How dynamical quantum systems forget


October 7, 2020
Onur Erten
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Arizona State University

Superconductivity in nickelates: similarities to and differences from cuprates and heavy fermions 


October 14, 2020
Smitha Vishveshwara
Professor, Department of Physiccs
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Non-equilibrium quantum dynamics from atomic to cosmic scales 

October 21, 2020
Vincent G. J. Rogers
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Iowa

The History of Science, a Physicist's Perspective

October 28, 2020
Shanhui Fan

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Stanford Photonics Research Center

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 

Synthetic dimension in photonics

November 4, 2020
Rosalba Perna
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University, NY

Binary compact object mergers in the gravitational wave era

November 11, 2020
Ronald Koder
Associate Professor of Physics
The City College of the City University of New York

Utilizing disorder in natural and designed proteins and enzymes

November 18, 2020
Herman Z. Cummins Lecture VI
Vahid Sandoghdar
Alexander von Humboldt Professor, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Max Planck Institute
Chair in nano-optics, plasmonics and biophotonics in the Department of Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Efficiency in the interaction of light and matter: from nano-quantum optics to nanobiophotonics

November 25, 2020
No Colloquium

December 2, 2020
Tony Liss
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
The City College of New York

What have we learned from the LHC?

December 9, 2020

Michael Levin
Associate Professor
Dept. of Physics, James Franck Institute, and the College
University of Chicago

A new world of topology in driven quantum systems