Department Colloquia

Upcoming Department Colloquia



Primakoff Lecture: Deciphering the Higgs boson: insights and revelations a decade after the discovery

Andreas Hoecker (CERN)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marks a breakthrough in particle physics, and it stands with the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.…



Colloquium: Dark Matter Searches with the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Experiment

Carmen Carmona (Pennsylvania State University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

The existence of dark matter is strongly supported by an abundance of astrophysical and cosmological evidence, but has yet to be directly detected. Liquid Xe detectors have been a game changer in the field of dark…

Past Department Colloquia



Colloquium: Change Physics Culture Now

Jessica Esquivel (Fermilab)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

This presentation will overview initiatives created to overcome inequity in physics. We will discuss grassroots efforts like Black in Physics, institution-adjacent efforts like Change-Now at Fermilab, and APS-funded…



Colloquium: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at Light-year Wavelengths

Stephen Taylor (Vanderbilt University)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

For more than 15 years, NANOGrav and other pulsar-timing array collaborations have been carefully monitoring networks of…



Rittenhouse Lecture: An imperfect view of the Universe

Alan Heavens (Imperial College London)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Our most expensive telescopes make exquisite images of the distant Universe, but however good the telescope, the images are flawed.  The light has been on a long journey, navigating through the rich array…



Colloquium: Quantum Hall physics in a quantum Foucault pendulum

Richard Fletcher (MIT)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

When charged particles are placed in a magnetic field, the single-particle energy states form discrete, highly-degenerate Landau levels. Since all states within a Landau level have the same energy,…



Colloquium: Nonlinear topological photonics

Bo Zhen (University of Pennsylvania)
- David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

Topological photonics is a rapidly developing field, often drawing inspirations from the recent successes in electronic systems. Yet there are a few major differences between photons and electrons, leading to…