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 2019

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
08/21 No colloquium
08/28 Graduate student orientation Dean Townsley (University of Alabama)
09/04 Faculty Mini Colloquiua Marcos Santander (University of Alabama)

Nobuchika Okada (University of Alabama)

09/11 Planet Mercury’s Weird Magnetic Field Alain Plattner (University of Alabama)
09/18 Faculty/Postdoc Mini Colloquiua Claudia Mewes (University of Alabama)

Venkatesh Veeraraghavan (University of Alabama)

09/25 Comets and the origins of water in our solar system


(CANCELLED: Galaxy Cluster Outskirts: Pushing Back the Final Frontier in Cluster Astrophysics)

Dennis Bodewits (Auburn University)


(Stephen Walker (UA Huntsville))

10/02 Chiral matter: from quarks to quantum computers Dmitri Kharzeev (Brookhaven National Laboratory / Stony Brook University)
10/09  Pointless Physics Fedele Lizzi (Naples University)
10/16 The General AntiParticle Spectrometer: hunting for dark matter signatures with low energy cosmic ray antinuclei Sean Quinn (UCLA)
10/23 New Directions in Dark Matter
Robert Scherrer (Vanderbilt University)
11/06 TBA Angelle Tanner (Mississippi State)
11/20 TBA Yuri Efremenko (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
11/27 Thanksgiving break
12/04 TBA Michelle Jamer (US Naval Academy)
12/11 Antiferromagnetic Spintronics – A New Twist in Ultrafast Materials Ran Cheng (University of California, Riverside)

Spring 2020

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
01/08 No colloquium
02/19 TBA David Cruz-Uribe (University of Alabama)
03/18 Spring Break

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