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.

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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


Spintronics as an application of quantum mechanics

Venkatesh Veeraraghavan

The University of Alabama


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


10/4 Atom-by-Atom Engineering of Oxide Thin Films and Nanocomposites via Molecular Beam Epitaxy Ryan Comes
10/11* Gone with the Wind? Galactic winds and star formation quenching Christy Tremonti
University of Wisconsin-Madison
10/18* X-ray absorption lines from the Warm-Hot intergalactic medium (WHIM) and the missing baryons in the low-redshift universe Max Bonamente

University of Alabama, Huntsville

6:30p.m. in NL1000
Public Talk: The Darkening Universe Nicholas Suntzeff
Texas A&M
10/25 Supernova Cosmology: Thirty Two Years of Watching Stars Blow Up Nicholas Suntzeff
Texas A&M
11/1* New perspectives on quantum field theory from string theory Christoph Uhlemann

University of California, Los Angeles

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 A New Kind of Magnetism – The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction Vincent Sokalski

Carnegie Mellon University

12/6 TBA Berndt Mueller

Brookhaven National Lab / Duke University

Spring 2018

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/10  No colloquium.
1/24 The Small Scale Structure of Spacetime Steven Carlip

University of California, Davis

2/7  TBA Steve Elliott

Los Alamos National Laboratory

2/21 Searching for neutrinoless double beta decay with CUORE Brian Fujikawa

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2/28 TBA Sean Couch

Michigan State

4/11 Phil Arras

University of Virginia

4/18 TBA Robert D. Shull



4/25  TBA Ion Garate

University of Sherbrooke

Previous Years’ Colloquia