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The MIT DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS presents
The 13th Annual Pappalardo Fellowships
in Physics Symposium
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 PM
MIT Department of Physics
Pappalardo Community Room
Building 4, Room 349
Five members of the Department's premier postdoctoral fellowship program, the Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics, will present highlights from their independent research projects. All talks are designed for the enjoyment of the general MIT community.
- Guy Bunin (Soft Condensed Matter Theory)
- Jeongwan Haah (Quantum Information Theory)
- Robert Penna (Theoretical Astrophysics)
- Joshua Spitz (Experimental Neutrino Physics)
- Inna Vishik (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)
Refreshments available in the foyer of 4-349 beginning at 1:45 pm.
- Schedule of Speakers
- A. Neil Pappalardo (EE '64): Pappalardo Fellowships Program Founder
- Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics Program Home Page
|TIME||SPEAKER||TITLE & ABSTRACT|
|1:45 pm|| Refreshments served in foyer outside the Pappalardo Community Room
Prof. Peter Fisher, Head
"Spinning Black Holes"
A black hole is completely characterized by two numbers: mass and
|2:30 pm||Question & Answer|
"Protecting Quantum Information"
A large-scale quantum computer can be used as a virtual quantum laboratory,
as classical computers are used as a virtual laboratory for classical
An important component of a quantum computer will be a robust quantum
which stores highly entangled quantum states during the computation.
|3:00 pm||Question & Answer|
|3:15 pm||Inna Vishik,
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
"Adventures in Unconventional Superconductivity"
Condensed matter physics examines the science of many: when one-billion-quadrillion atoms are assembled in a solid material, the behavior of the composite is often different from individual constituents. This is especially true in correlated electron systems, where the interactions between electrons are so strong that reductionist methods for understanding the aggregate electronic structure fail.
|3:30 pm||Question & Answer|
|3:45 pm||I N T E R M I S S I O N|
"From Symmetries to Probabilities"
The microscopic world is constantly in complex motion, involving many separate, interacting pieces. This large complexity necessitates the study of event probabilities, rather than detailed deterministic evolution.
|4:15 pm||Question & Answer|
|4:30 pm||Joshua Spitz,
Experimental Neutrino Physics
"Testing Einstein with Neutrinos"
Einstein's theory of special relativity is based on the assumption of
Lorentz invariance—that physical laws are independent of the orientation and
propagation speed of a system. Despite many careful studies, there is
at present no compelling experimental evidence for the breakdown of
Lorentz symmetry. Such a breakdown is predicted to occur at the Planck
scale, however, and there are several unique physical processes
that provide sensitivity at this level.
|4:45 pm||Question & Answer|
|5:00 pm||F I N I S|