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2019-2020

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 3, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Fractonicity from elasticity

Host: Jason Alicea
view talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 10, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

New frontiers in exoplanet science with high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy

Speaker: Dimitri Mawet
Host: Hirosi Ooguri
View talk here

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 17, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Compact Proton Therapy: Improving Access to Advanced Cancer Treatment

Speaker: James Cooley
Host: Ryan Patterson
View talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 24, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The ADMX Search for Dark Matter Axions

Speaker: Gray Rybka
Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here


THURSDAY
OCTOBER 31, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Exploring QCD Matter
The Lauritsen Lecture

Speaker: Barbara Jacak
Host: Brad Filippone
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 7, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Testing Dark Matter Interactions Through Cosmic History

Speaker: Tracy Slatyer
Host: Cliff Cheung
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Looking through the Gravitational Wave Window on the Universe

Speaker: Laura Cadonti
Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here


THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 21, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Detecting Gravitational Waves Using the public LIGO-VIRGO data: Doubling the sample of Binary Black Hole Mergers

Speaker: Barak Zackay
Host:
Sterl Phinney
View talk here


THURSDAY
DECEMBER 5, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Life is what?

Speaker: Sara Walker
Host: Sean Carroll
View talk here



THURSDAY
JANUARY 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Instruments for the exploration of the Universe
and the brain

Host: Maria Spiropulu
View talk here



THURSDAY
JANUARY 16, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cosmology in the era of multi-messenger astronomy with gravitational waves

Host: Rana Adhikari
View talk here



THURSDAY
JANUARY 23, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

From Scattering Amplitudes to Gravitational Waves

Speaker: Zvi Bern
Host: Clifford Cheung
View talk here





THURSDAY
JANUARY 30, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Arrow of time in fluctuations of living systems

Speaker: Nikta Fakhri
Host: Rob Phillips
View talk here



THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 6, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cosmic alchemy in the era of gravitational wave astronomy
The Christy Lecture

Speaker: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz
Host: Sterl Phinney
View talk here


THURSDAY
February 13, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells

Host: Rob Phillips
View talk here

THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Physical Dynamics of Ice Crystal Growth

Speaker: Ken Libbrecht
Host: Hirosi Ooguri
View talk here


THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 27, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm


CANCELED
The Three-Legged Stool

The Biard Lecture

Speaker: Eric Cornell
Host: Brad Filippone


THURSDAY
MARCH 5, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED
The Information Paradox in the Age of Holographic Entanglement Entropy

Host: Sean Carroll

THURSDAY
APRIL 2, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED
From single to statistical: gravitational-wave populations

Speaker: Daniel Holz
Host: Yanbei Chen

THURSDAY
APRIL 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: John Preskill
Host: Mark Wise

THURSDAY
APRIL 16, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Host: Manuel Endres

THURSDAY
APRIL 23, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Angel Rubio
Host: Gil Refael

THURSDAY
APRIL 30, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Jason Alicea
Host: Nai-Chang Yeh

THURSDAY
MAY 7, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Andrew Mills
Host: David Hsieh

THURSDAY
MAY 14, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Krysta Svore
Host: John Preskill

THURSDAY
MAY 21, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Tom Hartman
Host: Hirosi Ooguri

THURSDAY
MAY 28, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CANCELED

Speaker: Marin Soljačić
Host: Xie Chen

2018-2019

Date

Speaker*

Title*

Host

October 4
Edward Farhi
Google/MIT
John Preskill
October 11

Ali Yazdani
Princeton University

Jason Alicea
October 18
Rana Adhikari
October 25
Felix von Oppen
Freie Universität Berlin
Gil Refael
November 1

Suzanne Staggs
Princeton University

Jamie Bock
November 8
William Newton
Texas A&M University
Sterl Phinney
November 15
Gabriel Orebi Gann
UC Berkeley
Maria Spiropulu
November 29
Kate Scholberg
Duke University
Brad Filippone
December 6
Douglas Stanford
Stanford University
Hirosi Ooguri
January 10
David Wolpert
Santa Fe Institute
Sean Carroll
January 17

Markus Greiner
Harvard University

Manuel Endres
January 24
Jason Petta
Princeton University
Gil Refael
January 31

Si Xie
Caltech

February 7

Aleksandra Walczak
Ecole Normale Supérieure

Maria Spiropulu
February 14
Rob Phillips
February 21
Andrea Young
UC Santa Barbara
Xie Chen
February 28
Sean Carroll
March 7
Hirosi Ooguri
April 4
Ranny Budnik
Weizmann Institute
Sunil Golwala
April 11
Jason Alicea/Ashmeet Singh
April 18
Kang-Kuen Ni
Harvard University
Manuel Endres
April 25
Rachel Ivie
American Institute of Physics
Jason Alicea
May 2
Xie Chen
Caltech
May 9
Antoine Browaeys
Istitut d'Optique, Paris
Manuel Endres
May 16
Lina Necib
Caltech
Sean Carroll
May 23
Duncan Brown
Syracuse University
Sterl Phinney
May 30
Clifford Cheung

2017-2018

Date

Speaker*

Title*

Host

September 28
Xiaowei Zhuang
Harvard University
David Hsieh
October 5
Renato Renner
ETH Zurich
Fernando Brandao
October 12
Matt Dobbs
McGill University
Sunil Golwala
October 19
Mikhail Lukin
Harvard University
Manuel Endres
October 26

Steve Giddings
UC Santa Barbara

Rana Adhikari
November 2
Subir Sachdev
Harvard University
David Hsieh
November 9
Sean Carroll
November 16
Chen-Yu Liu
Indiana University
Brad Filippone
November 30
Mohammad Hafezi
Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland
Gil Refael
January 4
Fiona Harrison
January 11
David Hsieh
Caltech
January 18
January 25
Scott Tremaine
Institute for Advanced Study
Sterl Phinney
February 1
Jeffrey Harvey
University of Chicago
Hirosi Ooguri
February 8
William Irvine
University of Chicago
Jason Alicea
February 15
Anne Schukraft
Fermilab
Maria Spiropulu
February 22
Alexei Kitaev
Caltech
March 1
John Preskill
March 8
Zaven Arzoumanian
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Sterl Phinney
April 5
Vicky Kalogera
Northwestern University
Hirosi Ooguri
April 12
Fiona Harrison
April 19
Lulu Qian
Caltech
Sean Carroll
April 26
Brian Metzger
Columbia University
Sterl Phinney
May 3
Ann E. Nelson
University of Washington
Clifford Cheung
May 10
Charles Kane
U of Penn
Jason Alicea
May 17
Xiaoliang Qi
Stanford University
Jason Alicea
May 24
Eva Halkiadakis
Rutgers University
Maria Spiropulu
May 31
Rana Adhikari
Caltech

2016-2017

Date

Speaker*

Title*

Host

September 29
William Joseph Weber
Università di Trento
Sterl Phinney
October 6
Matthew P.A. Fisher
KITP/UC Santa Barbara
Jason Alicea
October 13
Zahid Hasan
Princeton
David Hsieh
October 20
Maria Spiropulu
October 27

Boris Shraiman
KITP/UC Santa Barbara

Alexei Kitaev
November 3
Sean Carroll
November 10
Abhay Pasupathy
Columbia University
David Hsieh
November 17
Juan Maldacena
Institute for Advanced Study
John Preskill
December 1
Chris Martin
January 5
Dan Stamper-Kurn
UC Berkeley
Rana Adhikari
January 12
January 19
Nikita Nekrasov
Simons Center
for Geometry and Physics
Sergei Gukov
January 26
Dimitri Mawet
Caltech
Fiona Harrison
February 2
David Pines
Santa Fe Institute and UC Davis
Tom Rosenbaum
February 9
Scott Aaronson
University of Texas at Austin
Rana Adhikari
February 16
Asimina Arvanitaki
Perimeter Institute
Mark Wise
February 23
Dam Son
University of Chicago
Jason Alicea
March 2
Nai-Chang Yeh
March 9
Justin Khoury
University of Pennsylvania
Sean Carroll
April 6
Sean Carroll
April 13
Manuel Endres
Caltech
Fiona Harrison
April 20
April 27
Ignacio Cirac
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

John Preskill
May 4
Maria Spiropulu
May 11
Michelle Dolinski
Drexel University
Brad Filippone
May 18
Hirosi Ooguri
May 25
Henriette Elvang
University of Michigan
Clifford Cheung
June 1
Risa Wechsler
Stanford University
Sunil Golwala

2015-2016

Date

Speaker*

Title*

Host

October 1
Holger Müller
UC Berkeley
Rana Adhikari
October 8
Eugene Mele
U Penn
Jason Alicea
October 15
Jim Fuller
Caltech
David Stevenson
October 22
Eric Mazur
Harvard
Gil Refael
October 29
Clifford Cheung
November 5
Luis Lehner
Perimeter Institute
Mark Scheel

November 12

Mansi Kasliwal
Caltech

Fiona Harrison
November 19

Brian Swingle
Stanford

Sean Carroll
December 3
Jorge Cham
PhD Comics
Jason Alicea
January 7
Yuri Levin
Monash University
Rana Adhikari
January 14
Omer Tamuz
Caltech
Fiona Harrison
January 21
Stefan Leichenauer
UC Berkeley
Sean Carroll
January 28
Claudia de Rham
Case Western
Sean Carroll
February 4
Anyes Taffard
UC Irvine
Maria Spiropulu
February 11
Rafael Yuste
Columbia
Michael Roukes
February 18
Cumrun Vafa
Harvard
Hirosi Ooguri
February 25
Eric Betzig
HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Michael Roukes
March 3

Michael Crommie
UC Berkeley

Nai-Chang Yeh
March 31
Steven Block
Stanford
David Hsieh
April 7
Charles M. Marcus
The Niels Bohr Institute
Michael Roukes
April 14
Sunil Golwala
April 21
Patrick Huber
Virginia Tech
Ryan Patterson
April 28
Chris Martin
May 5
Hitoshi
Murayama

UC Berkeley
Clifford Cheung
May 12
Jason Alicea
May 19
Fiona Harrison
May 26
Maria Spiropulu