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Fall 2020

Sep 3, 2020

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Watch Video Toward Quantum Technologies with Diamonds and Cold Atoms

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Hawking AuditoriumStreaming Live

Speaker: Alexey Akimov (Texas A&M University)Host: Alexei Sokolov

My group is developing several experimental directions, common motivation of which is quantum technologies – attempt to use unique properties of the quantum world do create some useful devices. There are few major streams in my research – color centers in atoms, quantum dots and cold atoms. In my talk I will only touch two of those, our work with co... read more  »

Sep 10, 2020

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Watch Video The Future of Massively Multiplexed Spectroscopy: The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Hawking AuditoriumStreaming Live

Speaker: Jennifer Marshall (Texas A&M University)Host: Casey Papovich

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) is a planned next generation massively multiplexed spectroscopic facility that is completely dedicated to optical and near-Infrared spectroscopy of samples of thousands to millions of astrophysical objects at spectral resolutions from R~3,000 to R~40,000. With science goals spanning all of astronomy, from detail... read more  »

Sep 17, 2020

Watch Video Synthesizing Light

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Streaming Live

Speaker: Scott Diddams (University of Colorado, Boulder and NIST)Host: Alexey Belyanin

Frequency synthesis is ubiquitous in all aspects of our modern technological society, with examples being found in wide ranging applications from computing, communications and navigation systems to sensors and scientific instrumentation. Historically, the generation and precise control of electromagnetic radiation has been confined to the radio frequenc... read more  »

Oct 1, 2020

Watch Video Some Recent Results in Gravitational-Wave Science

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)

Speaker: Daniel Holz (University of Chicago)Host: Jennifer Marshall

The past five years have witnessed the birth of the entirely new fields of gravitational-wave physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. We’ll provide some background on this new way to probe the universe. We’ll also discuss some recent results, focusing on constraints that come from a population of gravitational-wave events. Topics will include ... read more  »

Oct 22, 2020

Shining New Light on the Physics of Neutron Star Mergers

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Streaming Live

Speaker: Brian Metzger (Columbia University)Host: Jeremy Holt

In August 2017, the LIGO/Virgo observatory detected gravitational waves for the first time from the merger of two neutron stars. This cataclysmic event was followed (within seconds) by a burst of gamma-rays and (within 11 hours) by a bright but rapidly-fading optical wavelength transient. The properties of the optical/IR emission matched remarkably well... read more  »

Oct 29, 2020


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (CDT)Streaming Live

Speaker: Vinod Menon (City University of New York)Host: Alexey Belyanin