Colloquia and Events

During the academic year, the Department hosts a weekly colloquium series which features speakers from both academia and industry.  This semester (Spring 2021) the colloquia take place on Thursdays from 3:05-4:20 pm on Zoom.  There will be no colloquia during the first and last weeks of the semester or during Spring Break.  Please contact the colloquium coordinator, Paul Nerenberg (pnerenb [at] calstatela [dot] edu), for the link.

This week's colloquium

Javier Duarte, UC San Diego,
"The Edge of Particle Physics"
May 6, 3:05 pm

Experimental particle physics is entering an unprecedented era. We are exploring the edge of our current understanding of the building blocks of the universe, known as the Standard Model. In particular, at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located in Geneva, Switzerland, we collide protons at nearly the speed of light and analyze the debris from the collisions to learn about elementary particles like the Higgs boson, which is intimately linked to the origin of mass. We are also at the technology frontier, where we need new detectors, new computing architectures, and new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to cope with the avalanche of data from the intense particle beams. In this colloquium, I will explore how we study Higgs bosons using AI to look for hints of new forces and particles, and understand how a fundamental symmetry was broken in the early universe. I will also discuss how we’re pushing AI to the “edge” of our experiment in order to filter millions of collisions per second in real time.


Upcoming colloquia

No more for the Spring 2021 semester – see you in Fall 2021!


Previous colloquia (2020-21)

April 29: Sarah Loebman, UC Merced, "Understanding Our Home: Simulating the Evolving Milky Way"

April 22: Jairo Velasco, Jr., UC Santa Cruz, "Quantum Material Devices at the Nanoscale"

April 15: Ryan Foley, UC Santa Cruz, "The First (and Only) Electromagnetic Counterpart to a Gravitational Wave Source"

April 8: Elena Koslover, UC San Diego, "Transport, Delivery, and Kinetics in Tubular Organelle Networks"

March 25: Tess Smidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, "Neural Networks with Euclidean Symmetry for Physical Systems"

March 18: Linda Hirst, UC Merced, "Chaotic Self-Mixing in Active Liquid Crystals"

March 11: Quinn Konopacky, UC San Diego, "Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets"

March 4: Xiao Luo, UC Santa Barbara, "Searching for New Physics with Neutrinos"

Feb. 25: Juliette Becker, Caltech, "Planet Formation from a Dynamical Perspective: Using Theoretical Methods to Constrain and Understand the Outcomes of Planet Formation"

Feb. 18: Chunhui Du, UC San Diego, "Harnessing Nitrogen Vacancy Centers in Diamond for Next-Generation Quantum Science and Technology"

Feb. 11: Arturo Dominguez, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, "Plasma, Fusion, and PPPL: The Quest for Making a Star on Earth"

Feb. 4: Cal State LA Alumni Career Panel (many alumni – thank you!)

Dec. 3: Vera Glusevic, USC, "Dark Matter throughout Cosmic History"

Nov. 19: Michael Peterson, CSU Long Beach, "Keeping it real: theoretically searching for instrinsic topologically ordered phases in realistic systems"

Nov. 12: Laura Grego, Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, "The Growing Danger of Nuclear Weapons (and how physicists can help reduce it)"

Nov. 5: Brian Shuve, Harvey Mudd College, "Illuminating Hidden particles at High-Energy Colliders"

Oct. 29: Yohannes Shiferaw, CSU Northridge, "Stochasticity, nonlinear dynamics, and waves: the mechanisms that underlie cardiac arrhythmias" 

Oct. 22: Sarah Blunt, Caltech, "The Orbits of Cold Jupiters"

Oct. 15: Nathan Strange, JPL, "The Scenic Route to Enceladus"

Oct. 8: Krishna Sigdel, Cal Poly Pomona, "Dynamic structure of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in membranes via force microscopy"

Oct. 1: Stephanie Wissel, Penn State, "The Quest for the Cosmic Neutrinos at the Highest Energies"

Sep. 24: Mahmoud Hammouri, Cal State LA, "Quasi-two-dimensional electron gas at the interface of Bi2ZnTiO6/SrTiO3"

Sep. 17: Shan-Wen Tsai, UC Riverside, "Proposals for quantum simulating lattice gauge theory models"

Sep. 10: Chantal Nguyen, University of Colorado, "The physics of collective animal behavior: aggregation, navigation, and communication"

Sep. 3: Laura Sales, UC Riverside, "Dwarf Galaxies and their Dark Matter Content"

Aug. 27: Greta O’Dea (Bernal group), Lorraine Sandoval and Roberto Tejada (Terebey group), Robert Appleton and Allen Marquez (Jishi group), Charles Metzler-Winslow and Danielle Wilkerson (Nerenberg group), and Miguel Lopez (Aniol group) – Student Research Projects