Colloquia are normally held on Fridays from 4:10 - 5 PM in Barnard Hall/EPS 103. A Reception for the Speaker with refreshments served begins at 3:45pm in the Barnard second floor atrium. All Departments and off-campus guests are welcome to attend. Come and join us for coffee or tea and cookies and interesting speakers!

For further information contact the MSU Physics Department at 994-3614

Fall Semester 2017
Date Speaker Title and Link to Abstract pdf Host
September 1 Physics Undergraduate Student Welcome Barbeque

In front of Barnard Hall (EPS) at

4:10 PM in place of Colloquium

Hannah Gilroy

September 8

Professor John J. Neumeier

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/neumeier-john.html

High-Resolution Thermal Expansion of Single-Crystalline H2O Ice

Rufus Cone
September 15

Professor Dana Longcope

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/longcope-dana.html

http://solar.physics.montana.edu/dana/

http://solar.physics.montana.edu/sol_phys/

The still-unsolved Physics puzzle revealed by the Great American eclipse

Rufus Cone
September 22

Professor Yves Idzerda

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/idzerda-yves.html

http://www.physics.montana.edu/magnetism/research/index.html

Using the Electron Spin Rufus Cone
September 29

Professor Kevin Repasky

MSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

http://www.ece.montana.edu/directory/faculty/1524511/kevin-repasky

http://www.montana.edu/krepasky/research.html

Diode-laser-Based Remote Sensing of the Lower Troposphere

Rufus Cone
October 6

Dr. David Nidever

MSU Department of Physics

Using Big Data to Understand Galaxies in our Neighborhood Nico Yunes
October 13

Professor Nico Yunes

MSU Department of Physics and Extreme Gravity Institute (XGI)

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/yunes-nicolas.html

http://www.physics.montana.edu/gravity/index.html

http://www.montana.edu/xgi/

http://www.physics.montana.edu/research/astrophysics/astro-msu.html

The Problems with Einstein's Gravity

Rufus Cone
October 20

Professor Randy Babbitt

MSU Department of Physics and MSU Spectrum Lab

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/babbitt-randall.html

http://www.spectrum.montana.edu/
 Applied Rare Earth Spectroscopy Rufus Cone
October 27

Professor Neil Cornish

MSU Department of Physics and Extreme Gravity Institute (XGI)

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/cornish-neil.html

http://www.physics.montana.edu/gravity/index.html

http://www.montana.edu/xgi/

http://www.physics.montana.edu/research/astrophysics/astro-msu.html
The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy Rufus Cone
November 3

Dr. Richard Epstein

University of New Mexico

ThermoDynamic Films, LLC

https://optics.unm.edu/people/faculty/richard-i.-epstein.html

Optical cryocoolers: from physical principles to functional prototypes Bennett Link
November 10 VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY - OFFICES CLOSED  NO COLLOQUIUM NO COLLOQUIUM
November 17

Professor Anton Vorontsov

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/avorontsov/index.html

http://www.physics.montana.edu/avorontsov/research.html
Superfluid Helium-3 in tight spaces  Rufus Cone
November 24 THANKSGIVING- OFFICES CLOSED NO COLLOQUIUM NO COLLOQUIUM
December 1

Special Stibitz Award American Computer Museum Presentations

http://compustory.com/

by

Dr. Michelle Simmons, Scientia Professor of Physics, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, The University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia

http://www.cqc2t.org/biography/98

and

Dr. Mark B. Ritter, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY

NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION - Procrastinator Theater

Quantum Computing

Silicon Quantum Computation by Dr. Michelle Simmons

Why Quantum Computers Promise Computational Advantage by Dr. Mark B. Ritter

George Keremedjiev and Rufus Cone
December 8      
December 15 FINAL EXAMINATION WEEK NO COLLOQUIUM NO COLLOQUIUM

 

Spring Semester 2018
Date Speaker Title and Link to Abstract pdf Host
January 12

Professor Shannon Willoughby and Keith Johnson

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/willoughby-shannon.html

Improving the epistemological beliefs of non-STEM majors towards science

 

Please note our return to Barnard/EPS 103

Rufus Cone
January 19

Prof. Thomas Sotiriou

Professor of Gravitational Physics

School of Mathematical Sciences & School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

http://thomassotiriou.wixsite.com/challenginggr

http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&ln=en&p=find+a+sotiriou%2C+t&of=hb&action_search=Search&sf=earliestdate&so=d&rm=&rg=25&sc=0

Strong gravity and fundamental physics Nico Yunes
January 26

Professor Prasanta Bandyopadhyay

MSU Department of History & Philosophy

http://www.prasantasbandyopadhyay.com/default.html

http://www.prasantasbandyopadhyay.com/Publications/publications.htm

Hawking's Premature Obituary for Philosophy Yves Idzerda & Rufus Cone
February 2

Professor Sachiko Tsuruta

MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/tsuruta-sachiko.html
The Temperature of Neutron Stars – Past, Current and Future Rufus Cone
February 9

Dr. Knut Olsen,National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ

https://www.noao.edu/noao/staff/kolsen/

https://www.noao.edu/staffdir/knut-olsen.php
A Tale of Two Galaxies David Nidever 
February 15

Dr. Davide Gerosa, NASA Einstein Fellow

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

http://www.tapir.caltech.edu/~dgerosa/

Testing relativity with past and future supernova explosions

SPECIAL DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION

Thursday, February 15, 3:10 PM

Roberts Hall 310

Nico Yunes
February 16

Patric Holmvall

Chalmers University of Technology

Gothenburg, Sweden
Mesoscopic superconductivity: A bridge between topology and symmetry breaking Anton Vorontsov
February 23

Professor Amy Reines, Professor Loren Acton, Professor Anton Vorontsov, and Professor Brian D’Urso, MSU Department of Physics

http://www.physics.montana.edu/people/faculty/index.html

Research Frontiers within Physics at MSU Yves Idzerda
March 2 Canceled by speaker Canceled by speaker  Canceled by speaker
March 9

Professor Kent Yagi

Theoretical Astrophysics, Gravity and Cosmology, Department of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

http://www.phys.virginia.edu/People/personal.asp?UID=ky5t

Probing Fundamental Physics with Compact Binaries: Current and Future Nico Yunes
March 16 SPRING BREAK STUDENT HOLIDAY STUDENT HOLIDAY
March 23

Professor Gail Zasowski

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

http://www.physics.utah.edu/~zasowski/

http://www.physics.utah.edu/~zasowski/research.html

New Tools for Galactic Archaeology from the Milky Way David Nidever
March 30 UNIVERSITY DAY STUDENT HOLIDAY STUDENT HOLIDAY
Thursday, April 5, 4:30
Special Date & Time

Nobel Laureate - Professor W. E. Moerner

Harry S. Mosher Professor, Department of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics

Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA 94305

Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Biophysics, Nanophotonics

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2014/moerner-facts.html

http://web.stanford.edu/group/moerner/WEM.html

http://web.stanford.edu/group/moerner/research.html

https://chemistry.stanford.edu/people/w-e-moerner

The Story of Photonics and Single Molecules, from Early FM Spectroscopy in Solids, to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells and Beyond

Special Date & Time

Rufus Cone
April 6

Professor Patrik Callis

MSU Department of Chemistry

http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/people/callis-patrik.html

http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/callis/index.html

Friday Lecture in Gaines Hall 101, 4:10 PM

This is the initial lecture in the Callis Symposium, which continues on Saturday in the Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University

Mary Cloninger, Head, MSU Department of Chemistry
April 13

Professor Laura Blecha

Department of Physics.University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~lblecha/

Modeling the gravitational-wave and electromagnetic signatures of massive black hole binaries

Amy Reines
April 20

Robert Walker

MSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Leader of Montana Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Materials Science

http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/people/walker-rob.html

http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/rawalker/index.html

http://www.chemistry.montana.edu/rawalker/people/rwalker.html

http://www.mtmatsci.org/

Looking at Molecules in Hard to See Places:  Optical Studies of Membrane Partitioning and High Temp Energy Conversion Chemistry

Rufus Cone
April 27

Vivienne F. Baldassare

Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

New Haven, CT

http://www.viviennebaldassare.com/

http://www.viviennebaldassare.com/research/

Finding and characterizing active massive black holes in dwarf galaxies Amy Reines
May 4 FINAL EXAMINATION WEEK NO COLLOQUIUM NO COLLOQUIUM