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BAPC - Calendar for the Week of March 9

Mar 9 – 13, 2015


The Boston Area Physics Calendar is published weekly during the academic year by the Department of Physics at MIT.  Entries should be sent no later than 2:00 pm on the Wednesday proceeding the week of the actual event.

NOTE: Entries that are past the deadline will have to be sent by you to the BAPC late entry email address listed below.

ON-TIME submissions:  Send to
bapc-events cosmos phy tufts edu

LATE submissions:  Send to bapc-late cosmos phy tufts edu

SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE to/from the BAPC calendar:  http://cosmos.phy.tufts.edu/bapc.html




1:00 PM

Monday, March 9, 2015

Brandeis University

Physics Department Colloquium

Gerstenzang 122

"Vortex Knots in Fluids and Superfluids"

Dustin Kleckner

University of Chicago




Monday, March 9
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center of Theoretical Physics Cosman Seminar Room 6c-442

"Collider portals to dark matter"

Tongyan Lin, Univeristy of Chicago
Refreshment will be served


4:00 p.m.

Monday March 9, 2015

Brown University
Department of Physics Colloquium 

Barus & Holley room 168

"The Physics of the Cosmos: from the Big Bang to the Cosmic Web"

Benjamin Wandelt

IAP, Lagrange Institute, UPMC, Sorbonne University

Refreshments begin at 3:30 




4:15 p.m.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Harvard University, Physics Department Colloquium
Jefferson 250
"The Dark Side of the Universe."

Katherine Freese

Director of Nordita, and Professor of Physics at University of Michigan
tea will be served in Jefferson 450 at 3:30 pm




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Boston College

Physics Seminar Series

Higgins Hall, Room 235

Tailoring optical darkness for light focusing, signal processing and emission shaping

Svetlana V. Boriskina

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10

Harvard University

Mathematical Physics Seminar

Science Center 530

"Lattice models for 2+1D topological orders with gapped boundaries"

Liang Kong

University of New Hampshire and Tsinghua University, China



4:00 PM

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brandeis University

Physics Department Colloquium

Abelson 131

"Measuring Elastic Membrane Properties in Computer Simulations"

Markus Deserno

Carnegie Mellon




11:00 AM

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Boston University

Condensed Matter Theory Seminar

Metcalf Science Center, Room 328

590 Commonwealth Ave.

"Transient Orthogonality Catastrophe in a Time Dependent Nonequilibrium Environment"

Dr. Marco Shiro'

Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT), Saclay France.



12:00 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brandeis University

IGERT Seminar

Goldsmith 226

"The Quantum and Fluid Mechanics of Climate Change"

Brad Marston

Brown University



2:30 pm

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Theoretical Seminar:  B&H  555 

Physics Department

Brown Universisty
"Searching for Supersymmetry, Natural or Not"

Matthew Reece



Wednesday, March 11
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center of Theoretical Physics Cosman Seminar Room 6c-442
String Theory Seminar

Refreshment will be served

``Generalized indices for N=1 theories in four-dimensions"

Itamar Yaakov, Princeton

Joyce Berggren

MIT-CTP 6-304

77 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139



4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Physics Dept. U. Mass Lowell
Olsen 102

Making the Mid- and Far-IR Nano with Designer Plasmonic and Phononic Materials

Professor Dan Wasserman
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Refreshments at 3:30




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Boston College

Physics Colloquium Series

Higgins Hall, Room 310

Large-Area Graphene Synthesis and Transfer for

High-Performance Devices and Biological Applications

Byung Hee Hong

Seoul National University



4:30 pm
Wednesday, March 11 , 2015

Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and

Optical Physics (ITAMP) & Harvard Quantum Optics Center (HQOC) 
Harvard University
Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar
Jefferson 250, Harvard University, Department of Physics
"Observation of self-amplifying Hawking radiation in an analogue black-hole laser"
Jeff Steinhauer
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology 

Tea served at 4:00 after short student talk by Ashok Ajoy.



1:00 pm

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

University of Massachusetts Boston

Physics colloquium series

Science building, room 3-126

Panayotis Kevrekidis

UMass Amherst

"The Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation as an approximation for

water waves and normal forms for partial differential equations"

Refreshments served at 12:45

Questions: Maxim Olshanii (Olchanyi) <Maxim Olchanyi umb edu>



4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series

Building 10, Room 250

“The statistical physics of deep learning: on the beneficial roles of dynamic criticality, random landscapes, and the reversal of time"

Surya Ganguli

Stanford University

Refreshments @ 3:30 PM in 4-349





Friday, March 13, 2015

Tufts University

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Robinson Hall, Room 253

“Data-driven models of stars”

David W. Hogg


Refreshments will be served at 2:30 pm.



3:00 pm

Friday, March 13, 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Plasma Science and Fusion Center Seminar

Building NW17-218 

"Plasma Synthesis of Nanomaterials: A joint challenge of plasma and materials sciences"

Yevgeny Raitses

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory



3:00 pm

Friday, Mar 13, 2015

University of Massachusetts Boston

Physics colloquium series

Science building, room 3-126

Jan-Åke Larsson

Linköping University

"Introduction to contextuality and what it can teach us about quantum-mechanical systems"

Refreshments served at 2:45

Questions: Maxim Olshanii (Olchanyi) <Maxim Olchanyi umb edu>