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.


This years colloquia can be found here.  Upcoming colloquia are listed in the left sidebar of this page and under the colloquium category in the department events calendar.

Fall 2012

Unless otherwise noted, 2012-2013 colloquia are held Wednesdays 3:45-4:45 p.m. in 127 Gallalee Hall. Coffee and cookies are available starting at 3:30.

View colloquia abstracts 

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
8/29 Annual Introductions
Update on the Mars Curiosity mission
Ray White
9/5 Faculty Research Mini-Colloquia:
The PhysTEC program at UA The Double Chooz neutrino experiment
J.W. Harrell
Patrick Leclair
Penni WallaceJerry Busenitz
9/12 Faculty Research Mini-Colloquia:
The age-metallicity relationship of stars in MUGS galaxy simulations The CMS Experiment and the Activities of the CMS Group at UA
Jeremy BailinPaolo Rumerio
Conor Henderson
9/26 Double Beta Decay: EXO-200 and Beyond Andreas Piepke
10/3 Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics: Going Forward Frank de Lucia
Ohio State
10/10 New Insights Into Hydrogen (water) at the Lunar Poles Rich Miller
University of Alabama-Huntsville
10/17 Walking with Paleozoic Tetrapods: An Astronomer’s Journey into Alabama’s Remote Past Ron Buta
10/24 Cavity-Enhanced Spectroscopic Measurement of Greenhouse Gases Joseph T. Hodges
National Institute of Standards and Technology
10/31 True Color: QCD Measurements with D0 at the Tevatron Collider Michael Strauss
University of Oklahoma
11/7 Through the Looking Glass: Matching Observational Diagnostics with Simulations of Star Formation Stella Offner
11/14 The Luster of Pt Sergey Urazhnin
11/21 Thanksgiving holiday
11/28 Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities Dan Kaplan
Illinois Institute of Technology

Spring 2013

Date Title/Abstract Speaker
1/9 Ultracold molecules – New frontiers in quantum and chemical physics Jun Ye
JILA, NIST, and University of Colorado
1/16 No colloquium
1/23 Kepler’s Exoplanets and Astrophysics: What the publications didn’t tell you … Steve Howell
1/30 RR Lyrae Stars in M31, M32, and M33 Ata Sarajedini
2/6 Magnetic Thin Films and Multilayers: Fabrication and Analysis Gary Mankey
2/11 Constraining Cosmological Models with Massive Galaxy Clusters Adam Mantz
3/13 Exploration of Magnetic Crystals: Macroscopic Investigation to Topographical Nanoengineering Deepak Singh
3/18 Charge transport and dynamics in nanomaterials and their interfaces Girriraj Jnawali
3/20 The Higgs Boson – Latest Results from the Large Hadron Collider Nick Hadley
3/27 No colloquium – Spring Break
4/1 The Impact of Secular Features on the Evolution of Disk Galaxies Preethi Nair
Space Telescope Institute
4/3 Emergent magnetic properties in hybrid nanostructures: scratching the surface for new physics Hariharan Srikanth
South Florida
4/8 Studying baryon physics with galaxy groups and clusters Ming Sun
Eureka Scientific
4/10 Tuning Electrical and Optical Properties of 2D Atomic Crystals A.K.M. Newaz
4/15 Galaxy Evolution in the Thermal Era Rik Williams
Carnegie Observatories4/17
4/17 Understanding Galaxy Evolution with Massive Starburst Galaxies Hai Fu
4/22 From new materials to devices for the future: the interface matters Dipanjan Mazumdar
4/24 Optical Spectroscopy and Phonon Self-Energy Renormalizations in Carbon Materials Paulo Araujo
5/1 No colloquium – Finals Week

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