Previous Departmental Colloquia

Winter 2013


Speaker Title

January 22

* will start at 1:30pm in PSE 317


Dr. Sogee Spinner
International School for Advanced Studies and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

Putting the Superworld Under a Microscope: Outlook for the Large Hadron Collider

February 19


Dr. Andrew Frey
University of Winnipeg

Not-So-Dark Matter

February 26


Dr. Mohaddesseh Azimlu
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Massive stars' feedback on star formation in their surrounding molecular clouds

March 5


Dr. Francois Corriveau
McGill University

The Higgs Particle ... And So What?

March 19


Dr. Ue-Li Pen
Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

The CHIME experiment and 21cm cosmology

March 26


Dr. Alan A. Madej
York University and National Research Council of Canada

The Optical Atomic Clock Revolution: Single Ion Atomic References Outperforming the SI Second and Probing the Limits of Time

April 2


Dr. Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo
York University

(Extremely!) High Velocity Outflows in Active Galaxies

Fall 2012

Date Speaker Title
September 25 Dr. Nicholas M. Law
University of Toronto
 Exoplanets from the Arctic: The First Surveys at 80 Degrees North 
 October 2  Dr. Christine Kraus
Laurentian University
 SNO+ from Construction to Data Taking 
October 9 Dr. Duncan O'Dell
McMaster University
Using cavity QED for sensitive measurements of gravity
October 23 Dr. Wendy Taylor
York University
Unlocking the Mystery of Mass: The Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle 
November 27 Dr. Joanne O'Meara
University of Guelph
The importance of science education at all levels: improving public understanding and public attitudes 
December 4 Drs. Michael Bietenholz and Michael De Robertis
York University
Canada's Involvement in the World’s Largest Telescopes 


Winter 2012


Speaker Title

January 31


Dr. Andre Staudte
National Research Council of Canada

Imaging Electron Orbitals Using Laser Tunneling Photoelectron Spectroscopy – A Laser STM 
February 15 Dr. Makoto C. Fujiwara
Casting Light on Antimatter: Fundamental Physics with Bottled Antihydrogen Atoms 
February 28 Dr. Niayesh Afshordi
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Reviving Gravity's Aether in Einstein's Universe
March 14 Dr. Albrecht Karle
University of Wisconsin-Madison
High Energy Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole 
March 28 Dr. David Côté
A paradigm shift in physics until 2025 because of the LHC? 
April 17 Dr. Holger Kracke
Helmholtz Institut Mainz
First Observation of Spin Flips with a Single Trapped Proton 

Fall 2011


Speaker Title
September 13 Dr. Eberhard Engel
J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Density Functional Theory with Exact Exchange
September 20 Dr. Paul Padley
Rice University
Cosmology at the Microscopic Scale
October 4 Dr. Patrick Hall
York University
Gas Falling Into Black Holes: A Surprising Discovery
October 18 Dr. Matthew Lightman
Washington University in St. Louis
Light Quark Physics, Lattice Gauge Theory, and the CKM Matrix
November 8 Dr. Mark Hartz
York University
Results from T2K: A New Probe of Neutrino Mixing
November 11 Dr. Itay Yavin
McMaster University and Perimeter Institute
Faster than light?
November 15 Dr. Paul Wiegert
University of Western Ontario
Asteroids that Share a Planet's Orbit
November 22 Dr. Colin Morningstar
Carnegie Mellon University
Exploring Excited-States of the Strong Nuclear Force
November 29 Undergraduate Students
York University
Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) Presentations

Winter 2011

Date Speaker Title
January 11 Undergraduate Students
York University
Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) Presentations
January 18 Dr. Michael Peskin
Perimeter Institute
The Search for New Elementary Particles at the CERN Large Hadron Collider 
January 25 Dr. Jason Harlow
University of Toronto
Teaching Big First Year Physics: Combining Labs and Tutorials
February 8 Dr. Yiannis Haranas
York University
Yukawa-Type Potential Effects in the Anomalistic Period of Celestial Bodies
February 14
*Public Lecture will be held at 10:30am in PSE 317
Dr. Marcis Auzinsh
University of Latvia
Coherent magneto-optical effects in alkali atom vapors
March 29 Dr. Philippe Di Stefano
Queen's University
Cryogenic Detectors and the Search for WIMPs 
May 20
*Public Lecture will be held at 2:00pm in PSE 422
Dr. Gregory A. Shields
University of Texas at Austin
Recoiling Black Holes in Quasars

Fall 2010

September 21 Dr. Wendy Taylor
York University
Evidence of an Asymmetry in B Meson Matter-Antimatter Oscillations
October 1 Dr. Randolf Pohl
Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics
The Size of the Proton
November 23 Dr. Gregory Scholes
University of Toronto
Quantum-mechanical optimization of light-harvesting in photosynthesis
November 30 Dr. Anna Matvienko
University of Toronto
Photothermal methods for non-destructive evaluation of materials


Winter 2010

January 12 Dr. Thad Harroun
Brock University
Neutron Scattering for Biology
January 19 Dr. Michael Schulz
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Kinematically Complete Experiments on Atomic Fragmentation Processes
February 23 Dr. William Trischuk
University of Toronto
Particle Accelerators: Mega-Science for the Ultra-Small
March 9 Dr. Michael Moore
Michigan State University
Turning Electrons into Atoms, and Vapors into Crystals 
March 30 Dr. Stephen Godfrey
Carleton University
The TeraScale Frontier: The Hunt for New Physics at the LHC 


Fall 2009

September 15 Dr. Randy Lewis
York University
Bottom Quarks Make Strange Particles 
September 22 Dr. Peter Fierlinger
Technische Universität München
The Search for Electric Dipole Moments
October 6 Dr. Chitra Rangan
University of Windsor
Quantum Control of Rydberg Atoms with Picosecond Half-cycle Pulses
October 20 Dr. Fredrik Fatemi
Naval Research Laboratory
Imaging Magnetometry and Raman Spectrography Using Atomic Velocity Selection
November 3 Dr. Georg von Hippel
DESY Zeuthen
Heavy Quark Flavours on the Lattice
November 17 Dr. Lia Merminga
Accelerator Science and Technology in Canada
November 24 Dr. William van Wijngaarden
York University
Fun with Ultracold Atoms
December 1 Dr. Michael Trott
Perimeter Institute
Physics Opportunities in the Early LHC era



Winter 2009

January 26
*Public Lecture will be held at 5:30pm in CB 115
Dr. Niel Brandt
The Pennsylvania State University
Public Lecture - X-raying Active Galaxies: Exploring the Environments of Supermassive Black Holes
January 27 Dr. Niel Brandt
The Pennsylvania State University
Recent Results from the Deepest X-ray Surveys: Adventuring Through the Distant X-ray Universe
February 10 Dr. Roberto Abraham
University of Toronto
A Plan for Finding First Light Before JWST
March 3 Dr. William Frisken
York University
Design and Construction of Calorimeters for the ZEUS electron-proton  collider experiment
March 10 Dr. Chris Monroe
University of Maryland
Quantum Networks of Atoms
March 17 Dr. Erich Poppitz
University of Toronto
The Wonders of Supersymmetry: from Quantum Mechanics, Topology, and Noise, to (maybe) the LHC
March 24 Dr. Eric Hessels
York University
Precision Measurements and the Fine-structure Constant
March 31 Dr. A. Kumarakrishnan
York University
Light-Matter Interactions and Precision Measurements Using Laser-Cooled Atoms
May 27 Dr. Alexander Lvovsky
University of Calgary
Constructing Light: Photon by Photon

Fall 2008

September 16 Dr. Anupama Atre
Search for Heavy Quarks Above the Top at Hadron Colliders 
September 23 Dr. Steven Robertson
McGill University
The Flavour of Things to Come: Prospects for the SuperB Project 
October 14 Dr. Hugh Wilson
York University
Perceptual Oscillations, Traveling Waves & Hysteresis in Vision 
October 21 Dr. Duncan O'Dell
McMaster University
Atomic Rainbow Caustics: The Application of Catastrophe Theory to Atom Optics 
October 28 Dr. Jim Whiteway
York University
A Laser View of the Atmosphere on Mars
November 18 Dr. Thomas Killian
Rice University
Watching Ions Dance Near Absolute Zero
November 25 Dr. Ralph Shiell
Trent University
Heavy Rydberg Systems: An Increased Understanding of Their Properties, Their Formation, and Their Control
December 9 Dr. Walter Oelert Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Introduction to the COSY Accelerator at Jülich/Germany and Examples of Typical Experiments



Winter 2008

January 15 Dr. Phillip Gould
University of Connecticut
Controlling Ultracold Atomic Collisions with Frequency-Chirped Light
February 5 Dr. Tommy Eriksson
Particle Accelerators at CERN - Past, Present and Future
February 26 Dr. Paul Haljan
Simon Fraser University
Quantum Simulations with Trapped Ions
March 4 Dr. Paul Oxley
College of the Holy Cross
Coherent Elliptical State Atoms For Collision Studies
March 11 Dr. Ghazal Geshnizjani
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Cosmic Inflation Through Time


Fall 2007

September 18 Dr. Alain Hache
University of Moncton
The Physics of Hockey
October 2 Dr. Ulrich Baur
University at Buffalo
Physics at the Large Hadron Collider: The Road to Discoveries
October 9 Dr. Kurt Gibble
Penn State University
Physics with Atomic Clocks: Beyond What Time is it?
October 16 Dr. John E. Thomas
Duke University
Is a Strongly Interacting Fermi Gas a Perfect Fluid?
October 30 Dr. Marko Horbatsch
York University
Supercritical Dirac Resonances: New Calculations
November 6 Dr. Itay Yavin
Princeton University
Z’ Mediation of Supersymmetry Breaking
November 13 Dr. Ravi Bhardwaj
University of Ottawa
Extreme Nonlinear Optics: Manipulation of Matter with Intense Light Pulses
November 15 Dr. Andrew Gould
Ohio State University
Recent Developments in Gravitational Microlensing
November 20 Dr. Thomas J. Duck
Dalhousie University
Arctic Climate and the Radiative Transfer Problem
November 27 Dr. Niayesh Afshordi
Perimeter Institute
Our Tumultuous Journey into the Dark Side
December 11 Dr. Charles Sackett
University of Virginia
Atom Interferometry using Bose-Einstein Condensates



Winter 2007

January 16 Dr. Gerald Gabrielse
Department of Physics,
Harvard University
New Measurement of the Electron Magnetic Moment and the Fine Structure Constant
January 23 Aaron Maxwell
Undergraduate, Physics and Astronomy, York University
Data Reduction of the Variable Star XXCygnus
February 6 Dr. Vera Pawlowsky-Glahn
Department of Compluter Science and Applied Mathematics, University of Girona
The Aitchison Geometry of the Simplex and the Statistical Analysis of Compositional Data
February 6 Dr. J.J. Egozcue
Department Applied Mathematics III, Technical University of Catalonia
Bayesian Estimation of Extremal Hazard Parameters Using the Generalized Pareto Distribution
February 20 Dr. Heather Logan
Department of Physics,
Carleton University
Higgs Physics at Future Colliders
February 27 Dr. Peter Mascher
Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University
Positron Annihilation: Using Anti-particles for Materials Characterization
March 1 Dr. Sean Carroll
Department of Physics, California Institute of Technology
Dark Energy, or Worse?
March 13 Dr. Tom Mullin
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
The Enigma of the Transition to Turbulence in a Pipe
March 20 Dr. Daniel F.V. James
Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Quantum Computing, Cryptography and Teleportation
March 27 Dr. Bertalan Juhasz
Stefan Meyer Institute for Subatomic Physics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
ASACUSA: Testing the CPT symmetry with antiprotons


Fall 2006

October 10 Prof. Roger Lew
Department of Biology,
York University
Function Variabilum: The Diverse Roles of Ion Transport in Walled Cell Morphogenesis
October 24 Prof. Cody Storry
Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University
Antihydrogen Research at CERN-Results and New Installation
November 7 Prof. George Z.H. Zhu
Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University
Interdisciplinary Computational Mechanics in Engineering Design
November 21 Dr. Kipp Cannon
Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Gravitational Wave Astronomy with LIGO
December 5 Dr. Itay Yavin
Department of Physics,
Princeton University
Probing the Origin of Matter at the LHC


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