Reminder: Second essay due at 5pm on Monday May 6. The essay should be the same format is the first essay. Please send it as a pdf file; NOT as a MS word file. The essay should be about some new physics that you've learned in the last six talks.
Reminder: First essay due in class on Thursday March 7. The essay should be of 2-3 pages in length in 10-point font and single spacing. The essay should be about some new physics that you've learned in the first seven talks.
January 17, Professor Sid Redner, Fate of the Kinetic
Ising Model Lecture
January 24, Professor H. Eugene Stanley, Physics of
Complex Systems with Applications to Liquid State Physics, Econophysics, and
Failure Cascades in Interdependent
Networks Abstract Lecture
January 31, Professor Karl Ludwig, Making Functional
Surfaces and Thin Films - Where are the
Atoms? Abstract Lecture
February 7, Professor Pankaj Mehta, Thermodynamics of
computation Abstract Lecture
February 14, Professor David Campbell, Nonlinearity
Mechanics Abstract Lecture
Here is some background reading for this talk---an article from Physics Today, from Physical Review, and the seminal article by R. M. May that popularized non-linear dynamics. I also heartily recommend the popular book by James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science.
February 21, Professor Bennett Goldberg, Graphene pulled
across a surface violates Amonton's force law that states increasing the load
increases friction Lecture
February 28, Professor Kevin Smith, Studying Metal to
Insulator Transitions in Solids using Synchrotron Radiation-based
Here is some background reading for this talk---a review article by Kevin Smith.
March 7, Professor Michael El-Batanouny, Surface
Physics of Topological Insulators: Massless Electrons and Massive
Ions Abstract Lecture
March 21, Professor William Klein, A Physicist's View of
Earthquakes; What Can We Learn from Simple Models? Abstract Lecture
March 28, Professor Anders Sandvik, Quantum
magnetism Abstract Lecture
Slides Class Lecture Cancelled for Chertok Colloquium
April 4, Professor Claudio Chamon, Fractionalization of
Electron Abstract Lecture
April 11, Professor Rama Bansil, Gels, Bacteria and
Ulcers Abstract Lecture
Here are two articles that provide useful background reading for this talk an article about mucin and one about the bacterium H pylori.
April 25, Professor Rick Averitt, Introduction to
Metamaterials Abstract Lecture
May 2, Professor Shyam Erramilli, The God
Quasiparticle: the Plasmon and Infrared Spectroscopy of
Proteins Abstract Lecture