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Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 Emilio Segré Lecture: Beginning the Exploration of the Universe with Gravitational Waves: Rainer Weiss on LIGO

Lecture | October 3 | 6-7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus, MIT

 Department of Physics

The recent observation of gravitational waves from the merger of binary black holes opens a new way to learn about the universe as well as to test General Relativity in the limit of strong gravitational interactions – the dynamics of massive bodies traveling at relativistic speeds in a highly curved space-time.

Monday, October 10, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] Emergent Locality and Gravity From Quantum Error Correction

Seminar | October 10 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Daniel Harlow, PhD, Princeton

 Department of Physics

The Anti-de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence has given us a precise description of quantum gravity in asymptotically Anti-de Sitter space, as a quantum field theory (without gravity) with one fewer spacetime dimension. This proposal has passed many tests, but the emergence of the extra dimension on the gravitational side remains rather mysterious. I will present recent work explaining...   More >

Monday, October 17, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] EXPLORING NANOSCALE PHYSICS: From Leapfrogging Atoms to Relativistic Quantum Craters

Seminar | October 17 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Alex Zettl, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Physics

In the past decade there have been tremendous advances in our ability to manipulate and rapidly image matter at the atomic scale. I will discuss novel mechanisms for transporting solid matter through seemingly impermeable constrictions, creating operational molecular-scale systems such as radio receivers, weighing single atoms with a mechanical balance, watching chemical reactions in...   More >

Monday, October 31, 2016

[Physics Colloquium] Supermassive Black Holes in Nearby Galaxies

Seminar | October 31 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Chung-Pei Ma, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Physics

For over three decades, the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87 in the Virgo Cluster has hosted the most massive known black hole in the local universe. New observational data and improved stellar orbit models in the past several years have substantially expanded and revised dynamical measurements of black hole masses at the centers of nearby galaxies. I will describe recent progress in...   More >