Colloquium

Junior and senior physics majors attend our biweekly colloquium series, held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 pm in Shanahan B460. The talks are open to all students and to the public, and are frequently attended by scientists from the other Claremont Colleges, Cal Poly Pomona, and others. The series features speakers from a broad range of institutions and fields of physics.
HMC Physics Colloquium shot
April 13, 2018 Marja Seidel, Carnegie Observatories
Extragalactic Archeology and Aspects of Dark Matter
April 10, 2018 Nick Hutzler, Caltech
SEARCHING FOR NEW PARTICLES AND FORCES WITH POLYATOMIC MOLECULES

The fact that the universe is made entirely out of matter, and contains no free anti-matter, has no
physical explanation. While we cannot currently say what process created the matter in the universe,
we know that it must violate a number of fundamental symmetries, including those that
forbid the existence of certain electromagnetic moments of fundamental particles. We can search
for signatures of these ...

April 3, 2018 Christine Corbett Moran, Caltech
Supermassive Black Hole Formation

Supermassive black holes are in place by the first billion years of the universe's existence. Several promising channels have be proposed for their formation, but forming supermassive black holes in the requisite time-frame remains a theoretical puzzle. One promising channel is that of direct collapse, in which a cloud of gas collapses to a massive seed black hole that then ...

March 27, 2018 Marina Brozovic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pinging space rocks – a radar story of asteroids and comets

Short of sending a spacecraft, radar observations have proven to be the most effective technique to study Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) and occasionally comets. The two most powerful radars in the world are the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Goldstone Solar System Radar in the Mojave Desert in California. To date, these radars have observed more than 700 NEAs ...

March 20, 2018 Jorge S. Moreno Soto, Pomona College
Galaxy Mergers on FIRE: A Cosmic Rendezvous

In this talk I will describe recent results on the modelling of interacting galaxies using the novel Feedback In Realistic Environment (FIRE) model. FIRE is capable of resolving the multi-phase structure of the interstellar medium (ISM). In this model, feedback from stars and supernovae regulate star formation. Studying mergers is particularly interesting because these extreme environment lead to intense burst ...

Feb. 20, 2018 Jo Piteski, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cassini's Grand Finale - Going Out in a Blaze of Glory!

AT POMONA COLLEGE'S MILLKAN 1051

Dec. 5, 2017 Claremont Locally Grown Power and City of Hope Raman Clinic teams, Harvey Mudd College
Clinic talks

Quentin Barth (CLPG) and Jenny Smith (City of Hope) will discuss their Clinic projects.

Nov. 28, 2017 Brian Cheng, Sarah Hale, and Cynthia Yan, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Nov. 14, 2017 Sophie Graf, Mackenzie Vignoul, and Daipeng Yang, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Nov. 7, 2017 Caitlin Cash, Kemper Ludlow, and Jacob Roth, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Oct. 31, 2017 LLNL and Sandia Clinic Teams, Harvey Mudd College
Clinic talks

The physicists on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Clinic team (Emily Lane and Arch Robison) will describe their project, and the physicists on the Sandia National Laboratory Clinic team (Ále Baptista, Andrew Bishop, and Lupe MacIntosh) will describe theirs.

Oct. 24, 2017 Connor Colombe, Philip Digiacomo, and Hana Schiff, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Oct. 10, 2017 Carla Becker, Evan Atchison, and CJ Xin, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Sept. 26, 2017 Gabriel Phun, Kate Reed, and Adam Shaw, Harvey Mudd College
Senior research talks

Three senior physics majors describe their capstone projects.

Sept. 19, 2017 Wylie Rosenthal (’12), Chris Cotner (’13), and Chris Gage (’13), Harvey Mudd College
Three Recent HMC Physics Alums Discuss Looking for Physics-Related Jobs

We are excited to welcome back to campus three recent HMC physics graduates to provide their insights into the job market for physics graduates and tips on landing your first job. Wylie Rosenthal (’12) took an optical engineering job with Zygo after graduating and worked there for three years before moving in 2015 to the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization. Chris ...