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Late Announcements: JAPC and SPECIAL SEMINAR

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
1:00 PM

Special Atomic and Molecular Physics talk

Pratt Conference Room, 1:00 - 2:00 pm,
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. Cambridge MA

*Recollections of Oppenheimer and Schwinger*

Prof. Edward Gerjuoy - University of Pittsburgh

* * The career of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was born on April 22, 1904, was celebrated in a June, 2004 Los Alamos Symposium, wherein I recalled my experiences as a Ph.D. student of Oppenheimer's in Berkeley, California during the period August 1938 to January 1942. I shall recount some of these recollections, concentrating on conveying a portrait of Oppenheimer as creator and inspiration of probably the most important pre-war United States school of theoretical physics. During a portion of this period (the 1940 academic year) Julian Schwinger, who shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for the development of the modern formulation of quantum electrodynamics and deservedly has been termed a genius, was employed as what today would be termed Oppenheimer's post doc. Therefore, especially because Schwinger now seems almost forgotten, although he died only fifteen years ago (on July 16, 1994), I also will recall some of Schwinger's interactions with Oppenheimer and Oppenheimer's students including myself, in an attempt to convey some comprehension of Schwinger's astonishing theoretical physics talents.


Wednesday, 11/4, 2009,
4:30 PM

Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics and Harvard University Physics Department Joint Atomic Physics Colloquium

Jefferson Laboratory * Room 356

"Disorder in cold atomic gases"

Prof. Thierry Giamarchi
DPMC-MaNEP, University of Geneva Affiliation

Sponsored by Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical
Physics ITAMP (http://itamp.harvard.edu) and Harvard Physics Department

? Lisa Bastille
? ITAMP Coordinator
? Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
? Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
? 60 Garden Street, MS 14
? Cambridge, MA 02138-1516
? phone: (617) 495-9524
? fax: (617) 495-5970
? email: lbastill cfa harvard edu