About

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a colloquium every Wednesday afternoon in 227 Gallalee Hall during the fall and spring semesters (excluding holidays and exam week). Speakers include UA faculty and graduate students as well as researchers from other universities, research institutes, and government agencies. The subject matter ranges from information about the University and department to topics of recent interest in physics and astronomy. Talks are typically 45 – 50 minutes in length followed by ~10 minutes of questions.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Physics and astronomy graduate students are required to attend colloquia regularly, as determined by their advisors; more information about this requirement may be found in the department’s Graduate Handbook.

Visitor information, including directions and parking details, can be found on our Directions and Parking page.

Schedule

This semester’s colloquia are listed below.  Upcoming colloquia are listed in the left sidebar of this page and under the colloquium category in the department events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, colloquia are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m, with refreshments, including tea, coffee, and cookies, served at 3:30 p.m., in 227 Gallalee Hall.

Fall 2017

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
8/30 Review of Timeline and Requirements for Physics and Astronomy Graduate Students Dean Townsley
The University of Alabama
9/6* Faculty Mini Colloquia

Messengers from the extreme universe

Marcos Santander
The University of Alabama
9/13* Postdoc Mini Colloquia

Recent neutrinoless double beta decay results from EXO-200 experiment

and

Spintronics as an application of quantum mechanics

Venkatesh Veeraraghavan

The University of Alabama

and

Kei Yamamoto

The University of Alabama

9/20 3 Minute Thesis Presentations Physics & Astronomy graduate students
University of Alabama
9/27*  Primary Frequency References at NIST Steven Jefferts

NIST

10/4 Atom-by-Atom Engineering of Oxide Thin Films and Nanocomposites via Molecular Beam Epitaxy Ryan Comes
Auburn
10/11*  Gone with the Wind? Galactic winds and star formation quenching Christy Tremonti
University of Wisconsin-Madison
10/18*
10/24 Public Talk: Thirty Years of Watching Stars Explode Nicholas Suntzeff
Texas A&M
10/25 Thirty Years of Watching Stars Explode Nicholas Suntzeff
Texas A&M
11/1*
11/8 Modern String Theory Confronts Particle Physics and Black Holes  Mirjam Cvetic

University of Pennsylvania
11/15*  An Extragalactic Journey with Active Galactic Nuclei, Gravitational Lenses, Galaxy Clusters, and Cosmic Voids Xinyu Dai

University of Oklahoma

11/29 TBA Vincent Sokalski

Carnegie Mellon University

12/6 TBA Berndt Mueller

Brookhaven National Lab / Duke University


Spring 2018

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/10
1/17
1/24
1/31
2/7
2/14
2/21
2/28
3/7
3/21
3/28
4/4
4/11
4/18
4/25

Previous Years’ Colloquia