Physics 528, Autumn 2018


Marcel den Nijs
Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
Friday 12:30 am - 14:20 pm, Room PAA A110

This course provides first-year Physics Graduate Students with an overview of research performed in our department
to assist them selecting a research group. Each week three different Faculty speak about their research for 30 minutes each
with two 10 minute long breaks for discussion and cookies&drinks in-between.

For CREDIT in this course, a student must:
(1) attend ALL lectures and SIGN the attendance sheet at the start of each class;
(2) need to visit one specific research group at the end of the quarter, and return
the Visit a Research Group Form to Marcel den Nijs
before the end of final exam week.

The detailed Schedule below includes links to research pages provided by the speakers.
The Physics Department WEB site contains many more detailed links to specific research groups WEB sites.


Friday September 28:
  • 12:30-12:35 pm: Introductory remarks.
  • 12:35-12:40 pm: Applying for NSF Fellowships.
  • 12:40-13:00 pm: Marcel den Nijs, Topological Invariants in Condensed Matter Physics and the 2016 Nobel Prize
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: Gerald Seidler, X-ray Zapping for Science, Profit, and Social Impact
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: Jiun-Haw Chu, Probing and controlling quantum materials with elastic strain fields
Friday October 5:
  • 12:30-13:00 pm: David Hertzog, Precision Muon Physics
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: David Masiello, Plasmonics and Nanophotonics Theory at UW
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: David Cobden, Physics in two-dimensional materials
Friday October 12:
Friday October 19:
Friday October 26:
Friday November 2:
  • 12:30-13:00 pm: Suzanne Brahmia, Mathematization in physics from an educational research perspective
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: Boris Blinov, Trapped ion quantum technologies
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: Blayne Heckel, Search for an electric dipole moment of Mercury Atoms
Friday November 09:
  • 12:30-13:00 pm: Martin Savage, Grand Challenge problems in nuclear physics
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: Arka Majumdar, Nanophotonics
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: Samu Taulu, Magnetoencephalography: Theory and applications in brain imaging
Friday November 16:
  • 12:30-13:00 pm: Anton Andreev, electron transport in topological conductors
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: Mo Li, Optomechanics
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: Sarah Keller, How I went from high energy and atomic physics to experiments with fake and real cell membranes
Friday November 23:
  • Thanksgiving break
Friday November 30:
  • 12:30-13:00 pm: Sanjay Reddy, Gravitational waves from binary neutron star mergers
  • 13:10-13:40 pm: Charlie Hagendorn, Precision experimental tests of gravity and improved gravitational-wave detectors
  • 13:50-14:20 pm: Miguel Morales, Epoch of reionization observations
Friday December 7:
  • "Finding a Research Group" Panel.

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