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
Nov. 2, 2004 Eric Fullerton (’84), San Jose Research Center of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
Bits of the Future: Magnetic Recording Beyond the Superparamagnetic Limit
Storage densities of magnetic recording systems are currently doubling every year in both laboratory demonstrations and hard disk drive products. Increasing the storage density has mainly been achieved by scaling the head and media parameters to smaller dimensions. However, as many of the critical dimensions approach the nanometer scale, a variety of physical phenomena are predicted to limit the capacity …
Oct. 12, 2004 Carlton M. Caves, University of New Mexico
Quantum Computation: Why, What, and How
The traditional view of quantum mechanics as restricting what can be done classically has been turned upside down by quantum information science, which explores how coherent quantum-mechanical information processing can be used to accomplish tasks that would be impossible in a classical world. Implementing quantum information processing protocols promises to be one of the enduring scientific and technological challenges of …
Sept. 21, 2004 Gregory Lyzenga, Harvey Mudd College
Earthquake Prediction: Physics or Phantasy?
Sept. 7, 2004 12 Senior and Junior Physics Majors, Harvey Mudd College
What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Off-campus summer research experiences
Reports from Los Alamos, UCLA, SLAC, Caltech, Chicago, Oregon, Syracuse, Maine and Harvard Smithsonian CFA
April 20, 2004 Shamit Kachru, Stanford University
Cosmology on the String Theory Landscape
March 23, 2004 Patricia Burchat, Stanford University
Physics at the B Factories: Progress and Prospects
March 2, 2004 Everett Lipman, University of California at Santa Barbara
How an Experimental Physicist Can Observe Individual Biological Molecules
Feb. 17, 2004 James Larkin, University of California at Los Angeles
Observing Galaxy Evolution at the Keck Telescope
Feb. 3, 2004 Peter Collings, Swarthmore College
Ferroelectricity in Liquid Crystals and the Next Generation of Liquid Crystal Displays
Jan. 20, 2004 Peter Saulson, Syracuse University
Searching for Gravitational Waves: Fulfilling Einstein’s Vision
Dec. 2, 2003 Clare Yu, University of California at Irvine
Vortex Lattice Melting in the High Temperature Superconductors
Nov. 11, 2003 Steve Barwick, University of California at Irvine
The Search for Astrophysical Neutrinos at the Energy Frontier
Oct. 28, 2003 E. Dan Dahlberg, University of Minnesota
Magnetism at the Nanoscale
Oct. 7, 2003 Mark Trodden, Syracuse University
Castling Light on the Dark Side of the Universe
Sept. 23, 2003 Stephen Quake, Caltech
Biological Large Scale Integration