Colloquium Schedule

Past colloquia

Spring 2018

02/23/2018:: Ivan Sadovskyy, Computation Institute, University of Chicago,

5735 S. Ellis Av., Chicago, IL 60637, USA, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Av., Argonne, IL 60637, USA, : Targeted Evolution for Designing better Superconductors

03/02/2018:: Ben Freemire, Northern Illinois University, Department of Physics: Space Charge Compensation Using an Electron Column at Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator

03/23/2018:: Umeshkumar Patel, X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439.: Superconducting Circuits for Quantum Information and X-ray Detection Technology

04/06/2018:: Alexey Snezhko, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Av., Argonne, IL 60637, USA: Active Spinner Materials

04/13/2018:: Tammy Walton, Fermilab: Measuring the Beam Dynamics for the Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab

04/20/2018:: Michael Eads, Northern Illinois University, Department of Physics: Using Concept Inventories to Enable General Physics Course Reform at NIU

04/27/2018:: Physics Department Presents, Northern Illinois University: Senior Seminar  and Awards ceremony

Fall 2017

09/01/2017:: Bharat Ratra, Department of Physics, Kansas State University:  The "Standard" Model of Cosmology ... and Open Questions

09/22/2017:: Pushpa Bhat, Senior Scientist, Particle Physics Division, Deputy Head, Program Planning, Office of the Director, Fermilab: Fifty Years of Particle Physics and Discoveries at Fermilab

09/29/2017:: Maria Baldini, Geophysical Lab., Carnegie Institution of Washington: Emerging materials under pressure

10/13/2017:: Laurence Lurio, NIU: How to measure molecular motion with x-rays

10/27/2017:: Matthias Benjamin Jungfleisch, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory: New Twists for Magnons

11/03/2017:: Vishnu Zutshi, Northern Illinois University: Detecting Photons for Discovery

11/10/2017:: Mike Syphers, Northern Illinois University: Rings Around Fermilab -- An interplay of HEP and beam physics

12/01/2017:: Melina Avila, Argonne National Laboratory: Stellar explosions: The importance of nuclear reaction rates

12/08/2017:: Physics Undergraduate Capstones, Northern Illinois University: 3-4:30 pm Poster Presentations of the Senior Capstone Projects

Spring 2017

01/20/2017:: H. Ulrich Wienands, Argonne National Laboratory: Channeling experiments with Electrons and Positrons at SLAC

01/27/2017:: Hyunjung Kim, Department of Physics, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea : X-Ray Free Electron Laser Studies of In situ Structural Dynamics: Applications and Perspective on Coherent properties

02/03/2017:: Sheldon Stone, Syracuse University: Physics at LHCb

02/24/2017:: Tony Leggett, Dept.of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana,IL : Prospects for Topological Quantum Computing

03/10/2017:: Tao Xu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL60115: Cold Thoughts on Perovskite Fever

03/24/2017:: Robert Leheny, Department of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: Anisotropic Particles in Anisotropic Fluids

03/31/2017:: Andreas Glatz, Northern Illinois University & Argonne National

Laboratory: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016: Theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter

04/07/2017:: Jianguo Wen, Electron & X-ray Microscopy Group, Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Building 212-A235, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439: Stabilizing a Highly Polar Phase Through Interface Engineering

04/14/2017:: Debora Katz, United States Naval Academy: How Selecting a Textbook Can Improve Your Class.

04/21/2017:: Jahred Adelman, NIU: The ATLAS Fast TracKer and trigger: A problem at 40 MHz

04/28/2017:: NIU Physics Students Seniors, Department of Physics NIU: 

Physics Undergraduate Senior Symposium and Department Awards Ceremony

Fall 2016

09/02/2016:: Alexey Burov, MS 221, Fermilab, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL: Genesis of a Pythagorean Universe

09/09/2016:: Michael Dine, Physics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz: Challenges for Theoretical Particle Physics in the LHC Era

09/23/2016:: Carol Thompson, Northern Illinois University: In Situ X-Ray Studies of Vapor Phase Crystal Growth

09/30/2016:: JIGANG WANG, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory US-DOE, , Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, Office: A311 Zaffarano,,, Phone: 515-294-5630 : How Fast is Ultrafast: Quantum Science and Technology at One Trillionth of a Second and Less

10/07/2016:: Ben Farr, Enrico Fermi Institute and Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics,, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637: LIGO: From Detector to Observatory

10/14/2016:: Mark Thomson, University of Cambridge: DUNE: The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

10/21/2016:: Jon Miller, University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy,

1085 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109: Measuring Black Hole Spin in X-ray Light

10/28/2016:: Matt Wiesner, Benedictine University, : One Survey to Rule Them All:  Preparing to do Astrophysics in the Age of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

11/04/2016:: Jordan Webster, Argonne National Lab: Recent ttH Results from ATLAS

11/11/2016:: Lei Xia, Argonne National Laboratory, 362 HEP, 9700 S Cass Ave., Lemont, IL 60439: Development of Fast Photo Detector Using Micro Channel Plate

11/18/2016:: Swapan Chattopadhyay, Northern Illinois University: Quantum Sensors for Fundamental and Quantum Information Science

12/02/2016:: Carol Thompson, NIU Physics: Physics Department Senior Seminar and Capstone Project Symposium

Spring 2016

01/29/2016:: Wanjun Jiang, Materials Science Division, Argonne National

Laboratory: Magnetic skyrmions at room temperature: materials, physics, and device

02/05/2016:: Lauren Hsu, Fermilab Center For Particle Astrophysics, MS 209, P.O. Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510, : Dark matter: Perhaps the next great discovery of particle physics?

02/12/2016:: Giulio Stancari, Fermilab: Electron lenses in beam physics

02/19/2016:: Robert J. Joynt, Physics Department, University of

Wisconsin-Madison: Casimir and the Qubit: Decoherence from Evanescent-wave Johnson Noise

02/26/2016:: Chris Stoughton, Fermilab MS 127, Kirk and Wilson Roads, Batavia IL  60510: The Fermilab Holometer: Search for Space-Time Correlations from the Planck Scale

03/04/2016:: Young-Min Shin, NIU Physics Department: Ultrafast electron beam R&D - high field acceleration dynamics in structured warm dense matters

03/11/2016:: Corrado Gatto, INFN - Napoli: An new experiment to discover fundamental asymmetries of the  nature

03/25/2016:: Mike Syphers, Northern Illinois University: Toward a Future

100 TeV-scale Hadron Collider

04/01/2016:: Gaston Gutierrez, Fermilab, PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510: 

DESI: mapping the Universe with BAO

04/15/2016:: Joseph Zennamo, University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute : Discovering the Undetectable: (Sterile) Neutrino Oscillations

04/22/2016:: Robert Johnson, Univ. of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Institute of Particle Physics, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064, : The Loma Linda - Santa Cruz Proton Computed Tomography Detector for Medical Imaging

04/29/2016:: TBA, Department of Physics, NIU: Physics Senior Symposium

Fall 2015

09/04/2015:: Alexander Dunn, Stanford University: Force Sensing at Cell-Cell and Cell-Matrix Adhesions

09/11/2015:: Nenad Miljkovic, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2136 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, 105 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, : Nanoengineered Surfaces for Enhanced Condensation in Energy Applications

09/18/2015:: Oscar W Greenberg, Dept. of Physics, Physical Science Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742: Color in Particle Physics

09/25/2015:: Pavel Snopok, Department of Phyiscs, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3101 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60616: Advanced Simulation Tools for Muon-Based Accelerators

10/02/2015:: Symposium Speakers, Northern Illinois University: A symposium honoring the legacy of Clyde Kimball

10/16/2015:: Gerald Blazey, NIU: Since Policy in the White House

10/23/2015:: Rui Li, Jefferson Lab, 12050 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA23606: CSR and LSC induced Microbunching Instability in a Recirculating Ring

10/30/2015:: Keith Taddei, Physics Department, Northern Illinois University: At the Crossroads of Superconductivity and Magnetism: The Complex Phase Behavior of the Iron Based Superconductors

11/06/2015:: Emily Thompson, Insight Data Science, 260 Sheridan Ave, Ste 310, Palo Alto, CA 94306: Data Science: Making the Transition from Academia to Industry

11/13/2015:: Vishnu Zutshi, Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University: The Mu2e Experiment at Fermilab

11/20/2015:: Robert Calkins, Department of Physics, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750175, Dallas, TX 75275-0175: "Recent results from the SuperCDMS experiment and the status of SuperCDMS SNOLAB"

Spring 2015

01/23/2015:: Swapan Chattopadhyay, NIU / Fermilab / CERN: Frontiers of BeamPhysics: from High Energy Particle Colliders to Quantum Coherence

01/30/2015:: Bela Erdelyi, Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University: The Simple, the Clever, the Flexible, and the Fast: How to Solve the N-Body Problem Numerically

02/06/2015:: Jeremy Love, Argonne National Lab, 9700 S Cass Ave, Bldg 360, Argonne, IL 60439-4854: Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model in the 3rd Generation

02/13/2015:David Adey, Fermilab, Kirk Road and Pinte Street, Batvia,IL, 60510: nuSTORM and the searc for sterile neutrinos.

02/20/2015:: Jose Repond, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439: CALICE: Calorimetry Reinvented

02/27/2015:: Leonard Feldman, Leonard C. Feldman, Inst. for Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology, , Rutgers University , 607 Taylor Road; Rm. CCR 208 , Piscataway, NJ 08854-8065: The On-going Electronic Materials Revolution

03/06/2015:: Mel Sabella, Chicago State University, Department of Chemistry and Physics, 9501 S. King Drive - SCI 309, Chicago State University: Using Physics Education Research to identify student resources and guide course and programmatic instructional innovations

03/20/2015:: Lin Wang, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, , Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, China, , Jilin University, China: Order from Disorder: Crystalline Materials Consist of Amorphous Building Blocks

03/27/2015:: Michael Eads, Northern Illinois University: Discovering New Physics with a Precision Measurement of the Muon Anomalous Magnetic Gyromagnetic Ratio

04/03/2015:: Vladimir Shiltsev, Accelerator Physics Center (APC), Fermilab: Quo Vadis? (Future Directions of Accelerator-based High Energy Physics)

04/17/2015:: Sol M. Gruner, Department of Physics & Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Cornell University, 162 Clark Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2501: Putting the Squeeze on Biology: Biomolecules Under Pressure

04/24/2015:: Physics Senior Symposium, Professor C Thompson, Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115: Physics Department Senior Symposium

Fall 2014

September 12: Michael Papka, Argonne National Laboratory, Delivering Science at the Petascale: High-Performance Computing at Argonne National Laboratory.

September 19: Dmitri Denisov, Fermilab, Towards the Next Energy-Frontier Machine: A 100 TeV Proton-Proton Collider

September 26: Joseph Grange, Argonne Nationbal Laboratory, The Magnetic Field Measurement for the New Muon g-2 Experiment.

October 3: Jeanie Lau, University of California, Riverside, Quantum Transport and Correlated Phenomena in Bilayer and Trilayer Graphene Membranes.

October 10: Roland Winkler, Department of Physics, NIU, Spins and Pseudospins in Graphene.

October 24: Jahred Adelman, Department of Physics, NIU, Searches, measurements and the future: A new era of Higgs boson physics at ATLAS.

October 31: Jayakjar Charles Tobin Thangaraj, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, When billion electrons huddle: Collective effects on high-brightness electron beams.

November 7: Michael Lubell, The City College of New York, Department of Physics, American Physical Society, Director of Public Affairs, Science in a Populist Era: Challenges and Opportunities.

November 14: Panagiotis Spentzouris, Fermilab, Advanced Computation for High-Intensity Beam Physics.

November 21: Juan A, Colon Santana, Department of Physics, NIU, Rare Earth Based Heterostructure Diodes for Spintronics Applications.

November 28: No Colloquium, Thanksgiving break

December 5: Senior Symposium, Graduating Seniors, Department of Physics, NIU

Spring 2014

(* = Graduate collouium speakers)

January 17: No Colloquium

January 24: Dr. Trevor Vickey, U. Witwatersrand, South Africa, "Evidence for Higgs Boson Decays to Tau Lepton Pairs from the ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider''.

January 31: Dr. Lidija Zivkovic, Institute of Physics, Belgrade, "Higgs boson - from the discovery to the measurement of its properties".

February 7: Dr. Sanjay Padhi, UC. San Diego,

February 14: Dr. Micael Eads, NIU, "Muon g-2 experiment".

February 21: Dr. Jahred Adelman, Yale University,

February 28: Dr. Young-Min Shin, NIU, "Advanced Accelerater R&D" (TBD).

March 7: APS March meeting

March 14: Spring break

March 21: Dr. Igor Aronson, ANL

March 28: Dr. Sowjanya Gollapinni, Fermi Lab, "MicroBooNE experiment" (TBD).

April 4: Dr. Adina Luican-Mayer, ANL Center for Nanoscale Materials, "Graphene research" (TBD)

*April 11: Dr. Elsa Garmire,

April 18: Dr. Scott Willenbrock, UIUC,

April 25: Senior Seminar, Awards, & pizza! Starts at 3:00 pm.

May 2: Reading Day

Fall 2013

(* = Graduate collouium speakers)

*September 6: Dr Oleg Shpyrko, University of California, San Diego, "X-ray Nanovision".

*September 13: Dr. Erick Blomberg, Iowa State University, "Structural and electronic anisotropy in iron-based superconductors".

September 20: Dr. Deepak Kar, University of Glasgow, UK, "Not a jet all the way: discovery prospects using substructure".

*September 27: Dr. Marge Bardeen, Fermi Lab, "Run Like a Proton and Other Ways to Engage Young People with Science".

*October 4: *Dr. Elena Semouchkina, Michigan Technological University, "Metamaterials and Invisibility Cloaks Made of Dielectrics".

October 11: Dr. Zhili Xiao, NIU, "Size matters: nanoscale superconductors and beyond".

October 18: Dr. Mary Anne Cummings, Fermilab, Muonsinc, "New Paths Toward a Muon Collider".

October 25: Dr. Peter Littlewood, ANL, "Polariton Condensation".

November 1: Dr. Omar Chmaissem, NIU, "Nematic Order in Fe based superconductors".

November 8: HEP (TBD)

November 15: Dr. George Coutrakon, NIU, "The NIU Proton CT Project".

November 22, Dr. Robert Kephart, Fermi Lab, "Applications of Accelerators and the Illinois Accelerator Research Center". Presentation is available HERE!

November 30, No colloquium. Thanksgiving break

December 6, Senior Seminar

Spring 2013

January 18: Dr. Carol Johnstone, Fermilab, "Future Accelerators, from Green Energy to Cancer Therapy"

February 1: Dr. Igor Beloborodov, California State University Northridge, "New Frontiers in Materials Science: Superconductive Mesosolids"

February 8: Dr. Charles Reichhardt, Los Alamos National Lab, "Jamming and Clogging Transitions for Systems with Quenched Disorder"

February 22: Dr. Mandy Rominsky, Fermilab, "New Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab"

March 8: Dr. Eva Andrei, Rutgers University, "Fractional quantum Hall effect and insulating phase of Dirac electrons in graphene"

March 22: Dr. Johann Rafelski, University of Arizona, "Laser-electron Scattering at the Critical Force Limit"

March 29: Dr. Tatyana Baturina, Novosibirsk, Russia, "Coexistence and interplay of superconductivity and localization in two dimensions"

April 5: Dr. Valerii Vinokour, Argonne National Lab, "Transport in nano-structured materials"

April 12: Dr. David Rasmussen, Oak Ridge National Lab, "The ITER International Partnership: Demonstrating the Scientific and Technological Feasibility of Fusion Energy"

April 19:  Dr. George Coutrakon, NIU, Quantum Reality and Schrodinger's Cat

April 26: Awards Ceremony and Student Presentations. Presentation of awards by Chair Laurence Lurio; Harsha Panuganti "Generation of Electron Bunches using Photo- and Field Emission"; James A. Maloney, "Muon Collider Physics and Muon Cooling".

Fall 2012 

Spring 2012

Friday, February 10: Dr. Steve Martin, NIU. The Acceleration of the Expansion of the Universe: Physics Nobel Prize 2011.

Friday, February 17: Dr. Young-Min Shin, NIU. Advanced Microwave and THz Vacuum Electron Beam Devices.

Friday, February 24: Dr. George Coutrakon, NIU. Quantum Reality and Schrodinger's Cat: An Historical Perspective.

Friday, March 2: Dr. Sean Mattingly, Bank of America. Business for Poets: Physics Careers Outside of Physics.

Friday, March 23: Dr. Uwe Bergmann, SLAC. Archimedes' Oldest Writings under X-ray Vision.

Friday, April 6: Dr. Jianguo Wen, Argonne. Sub-Angstrom Transmission Electron Microscopy with Aberration Correction.

Friday, April 13: Dr. Bogdan Dabrowski, NIU. Search and Discovery of Strongly Coupled Multi-Ferroic Perovskites Sr1-xBaxMnO3.

Friday, April 20: Dr. Mark Pankuch, Director of Medical Physics and Dosimetry, CDH ProCure Proton Therapy Facility. The Clinical Use of Accelerated Protons: Proton Radiotherapy.

Friday, April 27: Senior Seminar. (1) Michael Wesley (Faculty Mentor: Professor Yasuo Ito). Observation of Fe doped SrRuO3 Thin-Films. (2) Zachary Johnson (Faculty Mentor: Professor Carol Thompson). Magnetic Force Microscopy of Materials. (3) Anthony M. Schroeder (Faculty Mentor: Professor Zhili Xiao). A Guided Inquiry into Nano-Scale Hydrogen Sensors.

Fall 2011

Friday, August 19: Safety Orientation.

Friday, August 26: LAS State of the College address.

Friday, September 16: Welcome picnic for new graduate students, 12-2 pm.

Friday, September 16: Prof. Lobat Tayebi, University of Oklahoma. Biomaterial Multilayer Assemblies.

Friday, September 23: All-day symposium in honor of Prof. Clyde Kimball.

Friday, September 30: Dr. Jeffrey Lynn, NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Magnetic Moments in Superconductors:  From Assassin to Facilitator.

Friday, October 14: Dr. Andreas Glatz, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. Thermoelectric and Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Mesoscopic Meta-materials.

Friday, October 21: Dr. Rajendran Raja, Fermilab. Nuclear Energy Using Accelerator Driven Sub-critical Systems - The Thorium Option.

Friday, October 28: Dr. Michael Turner, University of Chicago. Quarks and the Cosmos.

Friday, November 4: Dr. Jyotsana Lal, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. Slow Dynamics in Complex Systems Measured by High Energy Resolution Neutron Scattering Techniques.

Friday, November 11: Dr. D. N. Kafle, Argonne National Laboratory. Aerosol Optical Depth Derived from Micropulse Lidar Data at Various ARM Sites World-wide.

Friday, November 18th. Dr. Linda Young, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. Exploring the frontier of ultrafast/ultraintense x-ray interactions with matter.

Friday, December 2nd. Dr. Jian-rong Gao, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. Phase relations in La-Fe-Si alloys for magnetic refrigeration applications.

Spring 2011

Friday, January 28: Dr. Roland Winkler, NIU. Graphene: The Ultimate Flatland. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010.

Friday, February 4: Probing Itinerant Ferromagnetism with Spin Waves. Dr. Vincent Vlamnick, Argonne.

Friday, February 18: Ultrananocrystalline Diamond for MEMS and NEMS: Opportunities and Challenges. Dr. Anirudha V. Sumant, Argonne.

Friday, March 4: Size Matters: Palladium Nanostructures for Fast and Sensitive Hydrogen Detection. Prof. Zhili Xiao, NIU.

Friday, March 11: New Experiments with Antiprotons. Dr. Daniel Kaplan, IIT.

Friday, March 18: Spring Break.

Friday, April 1: Dr. Joel Moore, University of California, Berkeley. New Topologically Ordered Phases of Condensed Matter.

Friday, April 8: Dr. Rocky Kolb, University of Chicago. Taking Sides on Dark Energy.

Friday, April 15: Dr. Wayne Newhauser, Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. High Performance Computing for Proton Radiation Therapy. 

Friday, April 22: Dr. Christophe Royon, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay. First Results from the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC and the ATLAS Forward Physics Project.

Friday, April 29: Senior Seminar. Talks will be followed by awards ceremony and reception.

Friday, May 6: Dr. Heinlich Jaeger, University of Chicago. Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Monolayers.

Fall 2010

Friday, September 3: Dr. Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, University of Chicago. Sparse Density of States in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Tuning Energy Relaxation and Transport.

Friday, September 17: Dr. David Hedin, NIU. Understanding our Asymmetric Universe: Evidence for an Anomalous Like-Sign Dimuon Asymmetry.

Friday, September 24: Dr. G. P. Yeh, Fermilab. The Energy Transformation.

Friday, October 1: Dr. Sidney Nagel, University of Chicago. The Life and Death of a Drop: Topological Transitions and Singularities in Fluids

Friday October 15: Dr. James Rabchuk, Western Illinois University. A Mechanical Demonstration Illustrating Parametric Resonance.

Friday October 22: Dr. Matt Bellis, Stanford University: Searching for Baryon Number Violation in the BaBar Dataset.

Friday October 29: Dr. Alexander Yarin, University of Ilinois at Chicago. Thorny Devil Nanofibers: The Way to Cooling Rates of the Order of 1 kW/cm2.

Friday November 12: Dr. Robert Hirosky, University of Virginia. The CMS Detector: Peformance and First Physics.