Fall 2014: Due to low turnout and difficulty scheduling faculty hosts, we are going to do Physics Fridays in an “on demand” fashion.
Have a topic or a faculty member you would like to chat with? Put together a group of interested students and ask the faculty member to host a Physics Friday! Let me know and I will make the announcement widely.
Continuing since the spring of 2013, Physics Friday is a totally informal chance for students and faculty to interact outside of the classroom.
Every Friday, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
at Einstein Bagels on campus, in the upstairs smaller room.
Here is the plan: Each Friday we will meet at Einstein Bagels on campus (906 Curtis Street in the Mercantile Bldg). There will always be at least one physics faculty member there (see below) and students are invited to come as often as they like for any part of it. The faculty member leading that particular meetup will post some kind of material for discussion prior to their meetup (check here). The idea is that the material can act as a touch-point for discussion. That said, the conversation is intended to be unstructured and if the topic from the reading never comes up, so be it!
Have suggestions for a topic of discussion? Please drop me an email! If you can provide an article or source for reading, that is even better!
Short link to this page: bit.ly/physicsfriday
Schedule for Spring 2014:
|1/24||Dr. Loats||The Bead Trick|
|1/31||Dr. Carlson||Hawking: “There Are No Black Holes”|
|2/7||Dr. Loats||Chinese collider expands particle zoo|
|2/14||Dr. Krantz||Magnetic Monopoles – Real or Synthetic?
Ref2, Ref3, Ref4, Ref5
|2/21||Dr. Dove||The Proton Radius Problem|
|2/28||Dr. Denn||Using distant quasars to test Bell’s theorem|
|3/7||Dr. Dove||Supernovas Slosh Before Exploding (summary, full paper)|
|3/14||Dr. Krantz||Graphene & graphene-like materials (link TBD)|
|3/21||None! Enjoy Spring Break!|
|4/4||Dr. Loats||NASA’s Van Allen Probes Discover Particle
Accelerator in the Heart of Earth’s Radiation Belts
|4/11||Cancelled… no faculty sponsor|
|4/18||Dr. Krantz||24 bit, 192 kHz Music Downloads …and why they make no sense|
|4/25||Cancelled… no faculty sponsor|
|5/2||Cancelled… no faculty sponsor|
|5/9||Dr. Loats||Forget the Higgs, neutrinos may be the key to breaking the Standard Model|
Schedule for Fall 2013:
|8/23||Dr. Grant Denn||Asteroids mapped with radar|
|8/30||James Lass with Dr. Loats||Entanglement and the EPR Paradox|
|9/6||Dr. Jim Dove||Neutron Star Mergers, Gamma Ray Bursts,
and the Production of Gold!
|9/13||Eric & Eric|
|9/20||Dr. Carlson||A discussion of the “Amplituhedron”|
|9/27||None||No host or topic this week (last-minute emergencies)|
|10/4||Dr. Loats||The rise and fall of the pentaquark|
|10/11||Dr. Denn||Radiation Belts (In Space!)|
|10/18||Dr. Loats||The 2012 Nobel Physics Prize
(or The Twists and Turns of Hi(gg)story)
|10/25||Dr. Krantz||25 Years of Physics – 5 People|
|11/1||Dr. Loats||25 Years of Physics – 5 Pics|
|11/8||Dr. Krantz||25 Years of Physics – 5 Questions|
|11/15||Dr. Loats||Puzzles & Bagels (Prizes! Fun! Food!)|
|11/22||None||No Physics Friday… enjoy your Fall Break|
|12/6||Dr. Loats||Quantum Cheshire Cats|
Schedule from Spring 2013:
|1/25||Dr. Loats||Telekinesis and Quantum Field Theory|
|2/1||Dr. Krantz||Higgs Boson, Who Cares!|
|2/8||Dr. Loats||Superluminal Neutrinos? For real?|
|2/15||Dr. Loats||The Cult of Nicola Tesla (Loats @ home with a sick kid)|
|2/22||Dr. Krantz||What Do Physicists Do?|
|3/1||Dr. Sahami||Communicating the science of climate change
(IPCC Exec. Summary, Cyclones, Synthesis Report)
|3/8||Dr. Carlson||Social physics engineering (like the gravity powered lamp)|
|3/15||Dr. Loats||Thorium-based nuclear reactors
(Am. Phys. Soc.. NY Times, Talk of The Nation [listen/read])
|3/22||Dr. Carlson||Quantum Entanglement & Teleportation|
|4/5||Dr. Sahami||Graphene – 17 Sci. Am. 298, 90-97 (2008)|
|4/12||Dr. Dove||Dark Energy|
|4/19||Dr. Sahami||Other universes, or Max Tegmark’s greatest hits|
|4/26||Dr. Denn||The comet of the century!|
|5/3||NONE||Cancelled: Please attend the MSU Denver Undergrad. Research Conf!|
|Snippets from an Independent Study on Particle Physics|