MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

IAP 2017 Physics Lecture Series

Professor Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Physics Lecture Series IAP 2017

Sponsor(s): Physics
Contact: Denise Wahkor, 4-315, 617 253-4855, DENISEW@MIT.EDU

Everything You Always Wanted to Know Abo

Jan/09 Mon 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Title: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Gravitational Waves"

In this talk I will introduce some of the most exciting areas of research advanced LIGO will allow us to explore in the coming years, focusing on characterization of compact objects such as neutron stars and black holes.

Salvatore Vitale - Professor of Physics

Calculate or simulate: Quantum simulatio

Jan/13 Fri 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Title: "Calculate or simulate: Quantum simulations with ultracold gases".

Since the landmark achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation at MIT and JILA in 1995, ultracold quantum gases have emerged as paradigmatic versatile experimental arenas, realising Feynman's vision of a 'universal quantum simulator'.

Dr. Richard Fletcher - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics

Physics Career Options, Education Resear

Jan/19 Thu 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Title: "Physics Career Options, Education Research, and Epidemiology of the Zombie Apocalypse".

What can physicists do outdise of "standard" research-track career paths? I will discuss examples from my workin education and research in dynamical modeling. 

Dr. Sean Robinson - Lecturer/Jr Lab Mgr, Department of Physics

Engineering Quantum Systems

Jan/20 Fri 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Superconducting qubits are quantum logic elements assembled from electrical circuit components and the building blocks of a quantum information processor. Spectacular improvement in their manufacturing and performance over the past decade has moved this technology from the realm of scientific curiosity to the threshold of technical reality.

William Oliver - LL Senior Staff & Physics Prof of the Practice

Neutrinos from fission: From basic scien

Jan/23 Mon 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Title: " Neutrinos from fission: From basic science to "practical things".

Neutrinos are an extraordinary byproduct of nuclear fission reactions: extremely plentiful, nearly impossible to contain, almost as challenging to detect, and imprinted with profound information about basic physics and, potentially, valuable details of the manmde systems that produce them. 

Dr. Rachel Carr - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics

Resonant scattering studies of electroni

Jan/25 Wed 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

"Resonant scattering studies of electronic orders in quantum materials".

Quantum materials provide an unmatched platform for emergent electronic phases in a nutshell. We probe these exotic phenomena using X-rays. How? Come and find out.



Ricardo Comin - Professor of Physics

Experience and Perspective as a Physics

Jan/27 Fri 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Title: "My Experience and Perspective as a Physicist-Entrepreneur".

Dr. Udi Meirav, MIT Alum - PhD '90

Medical Physics?: A Talk on Simultaneous

Jan/30 Mon 01:30PM-02:30PM 6-120

Medical physics is the subfield of physics concerned with improving healthcare. From radiation therapy to novel device development, this interdisciplinary field is only growing. This talk addresses some of those challenges, their solutions, and the application of the technology to clinical questions.

Daniel B Chonde - Graduate Student, School Of Engineering