SPACS Colloquium: “Topological Quantum Computation”

May 2, 2013, 3pm Art and Design Building, Room 2003

Paul Fendley
University of Virginia

Abstract: The quest to build a computer taking advantage of the laws of quantum mechanics has occupied many physicists in recent years. One central obstacle is that such systems are extremely prone to errors. I will describe how certain many-body systems exhibit striking behavior, interesting in its own right, …

SPACS Colloquium: “High precision measurement of magnetic fields and field gradients using an atom interferometer”

April 25, 2013, 3pm. Art and Design Building, Room 2003
Frank A. Narducci
Naval Air Systems Command

Abstract: We are currently developing atom interferometric techniques to measure magnetic fields and magnetic field gradients to high precision and, more importantly, in operationally hostile environments. In this talk, I will review the selection rules associated with driving the eleven Raman resonances in 85Rb atoms in …

SPACS Colloquium: “The Search for Supermassive Black Hole Pairs (And Their Progeny)”

March 28, 2013 3pm
Art and Design Building Room 2003

Laura Blecha
University of Maryland

Abstract: Recent advances in both theory and observations have transformed the search for supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in merging galaxies into an active field of study.

SPACS Colloquium: Robert Ehrlich “Tales from the dark side: New evidence for tachyonic neutrinos”

March 21,2013 3pm
Art and Design Building Room 2003

Abstract: In several recent papers it was claimed that SN 1987A supports the claim of 4.0 eV and 21.4 eV neutrino mass eigenstates, and it was shown that such large masses could be made consistent with existing constraints including neutrino oscillation data and upper limits on the neutrino masses, provided that there also …

SPACS Colloquium: “Rethinking Physics for Biologists: Adapting to a major new service course constituency”

Physicists around the country have begun collaborating with biologists to create an “Introductory Physics for Life Sciences” (IPLS) class. This talk will describe one such effort at the University of Maryland.

SPACS Colloquium: “The Circumgalactic Medium: The Hidden Gaseous Envelope Surrounding Galaxies”

April 11, 2013 3pm
Art and Design Building Room 2003

Sanch Borthakur
University of Maryland

Galaxies are continually evolving. Their evolution depends on various factors such as how and when they accrete gas to produce stars, and expel metals and energy as a result of star formation. Most of these processes occur in the gaseous medium, also known as the circumgalactic medium (CGM), connecting …

Shina Tan, “Quantum Behaviors of Extremely Cold Atoms”

SPACS Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Mar. 7, 2013
will be held at  3:00pm, Art and Design Building, Room 2003

Shina Tan of Georgia Institute of Technology will discuss

Quantum Behaviors of Extremely Cold Atoms

SPACS Colloquium: “Emerging Nanomaterials for logic and memory device applications”

April 4, 2013 3pm

Art and Design Building Room 2003

Qiliang Li

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University

Abstract: Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) has been and continues to be the basic building block for modern VLSI circuits and systems since the early eighties, by relentless shrinking of its dimensions. This scaling is now approaching fundamental, physics imposed limits, and there …

Claudia Holland- SPACS Colloquium February 28, 2013 3pm

You’re Publishing Where? Open Access Journals and Mason’s OA Publishing Fund

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Art and Design Building, Room 2003


Come find out more about what makes a journal open access (OA), the differences between the three main OA publishing models, and tips on evaluating open access venues. A comparison between publishing in an open access physics journal and a traditional subscription …

Gerald Feldman, “Collaborative group learning using SCALE-UP pedagogy.”

SPACS Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Februrary 21, 2013
will be held at  3:30pm, Research Hall 163

Gerald Feldman of George Washington University will discuss

“Collaborative group learning using the SCALE-UP pedagogy.”

Enjoy the colloquium in conjunction with coffee, tea, chocolate cookies, and fruits.

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The time-honored conventional lecture (“teaching by telling”) has been shown …