Physics 528, Autumn 2022


Marcel den Nijs
Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle
Friday 1:30 pm - 15:20 pm

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.

This year the course will be back in-person, in PAA A114, with only occasionally a remote speaker using Zoom.
An advantage of Zoom is that speakers might walk us through their (virtual) labs.

For CREDIT in this course, a student must:
(1) attend ALL lectures
(2) visit one specific research group at the end of the quarter by Zoom, 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 30:
  • 13:30-13:35 pm: Introductory remarks.
  • 13:35-13:40 pm: Applying for NSF Graduate Fellowships
  • 13:40-14:00 pm: The Master's Review Process
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Miguel Morales, 21 cm Cosmology
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Lukasz Fidkowski, Topological states of matter and the relationships between them
Friday October 7:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Jens Gundlach, Single-Molecule biophysics with nanopores
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Arthur Barnard, Probing classical and quantum nanosystems
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Arka Majumbar, Integrated nanophotonics and quantum optics
Friday October 14:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Jerry Seidler, Enabling and executing concrete applications of physics
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Quentin Buat, Beyond the standard model with tau leptons at ATLAS
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Elise Novitski, Measuring neutrino mass with Project 8
Friday October 21:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Mo Li, Electromechanical modulation of light-matter interaction
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Gray Rybka, The Search for Axion Dark Matter
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Mark Rudner, Quantum dynamics in condensed matter, cold atoms, and quantum devices
Friday October 28:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Alvaro Chavarria, Searching for Dark Matter with CCDs
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Dorota Grabowska, Particle and nuclear physics on a quantum computer
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Aurel Bulgac, What nuclei neutron stars cold items have in common
Friday November 4:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Matt Yankowitz, Strong correlations and topology in 2D materials
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Kai-Mei Fu, Quantum point defects
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Vincenzo Cirigliano, Hadronic and nuclear probes of physics beyond the Standard Model
Friday November 11:
  • Veterans Day
Friday November 18:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Samu Taulu, Magnetoencephalography: Theory and applications in brain imaging
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Subhadeep Gupta, Ultracold Atoms and Quantum Gases
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: David Masiello, Simulation of Quantum Many-Body Physics Using Light
Friday November 25:
  • Thanksgiving break
Friday December 02:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Armita Nourmohammad, Statistical Physics of Evolving Systems
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Rahul Trivedi, Impact of errors on near-term quantum hardware
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Henry Lubatti, Searching for long-lived particles - messengers from hidden sectors beyond the Standard Model
Friday December 09:
  • 13:30-14:00 pm: Sarah Keller, Experimental biophysics with phase-separating and bending sheets and membranes
  • 14:10-14:40 pm: Alejandro Garcia, From radiowave astronomy to nuclear beta decay to high energy physics
  • 14:50-15:20 pm: Marcel den Nijs, Topological invariants in condensed matter physics


UW guidelines strongly recommend everybody to wear masks at all times inside UW facilities.

Students who require SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS or encounter special (un)expected circumstances during the quarter should contact me as early as possible, so we can address these in a timely fashion (before the next short test).
See also: Disability Resources for Students.

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