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
Dec. 4, 2018 Colter Downing, Qianti Min, Sophie Ehlen, Harvey Mudd College
Senior Theses Talks #3

HMC Physics Colloquium – Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 4:30 – Refreshments at 4:15.

 Shanahan B460

“Senior Talks”

Colter Downing, Qianti Min, Sophie Ehlen

Please join us!

Nov. 27, 2018 Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal, California State University, Long Beach
Thin film C60: a new available block to build van der Waals heterostructures

C60, the organic molecule made of sixty carbon atoms arranged in soccer-ball looking structure, has brought a lot of excitement to condensed matter physicists, chemists and material scientists since it appearance in 1985. The combination of the buckyball structure made of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons (a volume known since the time of Leonardo DaVinci) together with important electron-electron and …

Nov. 13, 2018 Flip Tanedo, University of California at Riverside
The WIMP is Dead, Long Live the WIMP

Laboratory searches for dark matter now exclude many of the "weakly interacting massive particle" models that were favored by particle physicists for decades. We discuss what this means for the theoretical and experimental frontier of particle physics and address what we really mean when we say "WIMP."

Nov. 6, 2018 Jatin Abacousnac '18, Quentin Barth '18, and Nathan Pope '18, Harvey Mudd College
Senior Theses Talks #3

Three senior Physics majors talk about their senior projects.

Oct. 30, 2018 Wylie Ahmed, California State University, Fullerton
Active mechanics and the forces that keep our cells alive

Living cells actively generate forces at the molecular scale that change their overall structure and mechanical properties. This nonequilibrium activity is essential for cellular function, and drives processes such as division, migration, and organization. In the first part of this talk, I will introduce how cells throughout the body (e.g. muscle, heart, tissue, and brain) must act as active mechanical systems to …

Oct. 16, 2018 Nina Brown, Eli Weissler, Haoxing Du, Harvey Mudd College
Senior Research Projects - Session 2

Seniors discuss their theses/research.

Shanahan B460 Tuesday 4:15 10/16/18

Hope to see you there!

Oct. 9, 2018 Nora Hu, Colin Adams, Guy Geva, Tommy Schneider, Harvey Mudd College
Senior Research Projects

Join us as four incredible physics seniors discuss their capstone projects.

Shanahan B460 @4:15 Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sept. 25, 2018 Duane Loh '04, National University of Singapore
Computational lenses with x-rays and electrons

Computational lenses replace the role of physical lenses in an imaging instrument with their computational equivalent. An example of this is three-dimensional single particle imaging. Here, the computational lenses classify an unsorted ensemble of measurements to form the most compatible three-dimensional structure from lower-dimensional projections. Specifically, many random and noisy two-dimensional diffraction patterns of individual biomolecules are recorded at high speed. Thereafter, a Bayesian classification algorithm infers the most …

Sept. 18, 2018 Kathleen Kohl '17, Marisol Beck '17, Casey (Bryce) Cannon '16, Harvey Mudd College
Alumni Career Session

Alumni Kathleen Kohl, Marisol Beck, and Casey (Bryce) Cannon will be coming to campus and discussing their career paths after Mudd Physics.

Shanahan B460 at 4:30 pm. with refreshments at 4:15.

Sept. 10, 2018 Brian Shuve, Harvey Mudd College
Prepare and Deliver Effective Talks

Like a well-written paper, an effective talk should begin with a shared context, state the problem to be addressed and the main points to be made, and use visuals for clarity and redundancy. Unlike a paper a talk proceeds synchronously and demands that the speaker provide more explicit reminders of the underlying structure of the presentation to keep the audience. …

Sept. 4, 2018 Various HMC Physics Faculty, Harvey Mudd College
Graduate Programs 101

Various HMC physics faculty will talk about graduate programs and options. The application process is also discussed.

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 …

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 …