Upcoming Events

Yuriy Bomze
Duke Teaching Observatory
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:30pm

This Open House is one in a series of public observations we are holding during the spring semester. This is an open public event, and anyone can come anytime between 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. You will have an opportunity to use one of our 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes to look at objects in our solar system (Mars around 8:30 pm and Jupiter after 10 pm) and the deep sky objects like multiple star systems, open star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Leo Fang (Duke University)
Physics 298
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:30am

Recently there is a revival of interest in non-Markovian (NM) dynamics as memory effect is not negligible in many quantum systems. Cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), for example, has been used as a testbed for NM studies in both theory and experiment. In this talk I propose and discuss in detail another NM model system in the context of waveguide QED that is solvable and readily implementable using superconducting circuits.

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
Physics 128
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 2:30pm

"Quantum Entanglement, Strange Metals, and Black Holes" - Entanglement is a counterintuitive feature of quantum mechanics, which implies that a measurement of one particle can instantaneously determines the state of another well-separated particle. Remarkably, quantum entanglement can also happen en masse, and determines observable properties of macroscopic objects. I will present a simple model of many-particle entanglement, which has led to new insights into two very different classes of systems.

Gross Hall Ahmadieh Family Atrium (3rd Floor)
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 4:30pm

Archaeology deals with the study and interpretation of human activity through the excavation of sites and the analysis of material culture, the paleo-environment and cultural landscapes.
In the last decades, digital technologies, radiocarbon dating and the study of paleo-environments have revolutionized archaeology, which can be entirely considered a science. At Duke and UNC Universities there are several programs, classes and labs involving archaeology and the study of the past from multiple perspectives.

Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
Physics 298
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:30am

Wegner showed that the Ising lattice gauge theory in 2+1 dimensions has a confinement transition between confining and deconfined states. He also argued that this transition is in the universality class of the 3-dimensional Ising ferromagnet. I will begin with a review and update of these results, using the modern perspective of topological order and deconfined criticality. The confinement transition can be defined precisely also in the presence of matter fields, and I will discuss the relevance of such models to the physics of the hole-doped cuprates near optimal doping.

Warren Kibbe, NCI, Director of Center for Biomedical Informatics Technology
Duke North, Room 2002
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 3:00pm

Warren A. Kibbe, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) at the NCI. NCI created CBIIT to lead the coordination, development, and deployment of enterprise-wide digital capabilities (including biomedical informatics, scientific-management information systems, and computing resources) in support of the Institute's initiatives. Through CBIIT, NCI is helping to speed scientific discovery and facilitate translational research by using IT, informatics and Data Science to address complex research challenges.

Al Goshaw
Physics 278
Date: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm

HEP 101 is an informal mini-course in High Energy Physics offered each spring in the Duke University Physics Department. It prepares students for research opportunities at the Large Hadron Collider and other research facilities.


Jared Vanasse
Physics 298
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 3:30pm


Adam Wax (Duke Biomedical Engineering)
Physics 128
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 3:30pm

Title and abstract forthcoming. Faculty host: Warren S. Warren. Coffee and cookies will be served before the event in room 128.

Triangle Nuclear Theory Colloquium
Michael Strickland (Kent State University)
Raleigh, NC 
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 3:30pm

Anisotropic hydrodynamics is a non-perturbative reorganization of relativistic hydrodynamics that takes into account the large momentum-space anisotropies generated in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions. As a result, it allows one to extend the regime of applicability of hydrodynamic treatments to situations that can be quite far from isotropic thermal equilibrium. In this talk, I review the basic ideas of the anisotropic hydrodynamics framework and recent progress made in phenomenological applications.

Professor Emily A. Carter (Princeton University, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science)
French Family Science Center 2231
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:00pm

This lecture is hosted by the Duke University Chemistry and Physics Departments and the Duke University Chapter of Sigma Xi.