Fall 2021
Hybrid Colloquium Schedule

THURSDAYS // All talks will take place at 4:00pm ET unless noted. Location varies and will be listed under each event. If held in person, masks are required.


SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

Benjamin Safdi, University of California at Berkeley
Host: Jesse Thaler

“Compact stars as axion laboratories”

The quantum chromodynamics axion and axion-like particles are some of the most sought-after beyond the Standard Model particles at present because of their possible connections with the strong-CP problem, dark matter, and ultraviolet physics such as Grand Unification and String Theory. Laboratory searches are underway around the world to search for these hypothetical particles, but certain regions of axion parameter space — such as ultralight axions with weak couplings to matter — are notoriously difficult to probe with terrestrial experiments, despite their theoretical motivations. I will show that astrophysical searches for faint signatures of radiation from neutron stars and white dwarfs cover complementary parameter space to laboratory experiments. The extraordinarily strong magnetic fields surrounding these compact astrophysical objects cause incident axions to convert to photons with unique spectral characteristics across a range of frequencies from the radio band to X-rays. In fact, I will show that it is possible that the first evidence for axions already exists in the form of X-ray excesses from nearby isolated neutron stars. The astrophysical searches are part of a broader program, which I will overview, to rule out or confirm the existence of the axion in nature in the coming years.

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom. For link: email Ryan Higgins


SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

Geoff Penington, University of California at Berkeley
Host: Netta Engelhardt

Black holes, information and wormholes”

In the 1970s, Hawking showed that black holes are finite-temperature objects that radiate energy and eventually evaporate away entirely. However, his calculations suggested something very weird: that, unlike any other physical system, this radiation contained no information about the initial state of the black hole. Information that fell into the black hole appeared to be lost forever. This contradiction between Hawking’s calculations and the ordinary rules of quantum mechanics has been a driving force behind much of the research in quantum gravity over the ensuing decades. Finally, in the last couple of years, we have begun to understand where Hawking’s calculation went wrong, and to derive precise predictions, consistent with unitary quantum mechanics, for the information content of Hawking radiation. However, the new calculations, which involve weird spacetime topologies called ‘spacetime wormholes’, lead to as many new questions as answers…

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: 10-250 and via Webcast


SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Alejandro Rodriguez, Princeton
Host: Marin Soljačić

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: TBD


SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Julien Tailleur, Université de Paris-CNRS
Host: TBA

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom. For link: email Ryan Higgins


OCTOBER 7, 2021

Joshua Frieman, University of Chicago/Fermilab
Host: Paul Schechter

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pappalardo Room (4-349)


OCTOBER 14, 2021

Selim Jochim, Universität Heidelberg
Hosts: Martin Zwierlein

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pappalardo Room (4-349)


OCTOBER 21, 2021

Sarah T. Stewart, University of California, Davis
Host: Nergis Mavalvala

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom. For link: email Ryan Higgins


OCTOBER 28, 2021

Michael McDonald, MIT
Host: TBA

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pappalardo Room (4-349)


NOVEMBER 4, 2021

Daniel Harlow, MIT
Host: TBA

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Pappalardo Room (4-349)


NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Klaus Baum, MPI Heidelberg
Host: Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz

“Precision Tests of Fundamental Interactions and Their Symmetries using Exotic Ions in Penning Traps”

An overview is given on recent mass and g-factor measurements with extreme precision on single or few cooled ions stored in Penning traps. On the one hand, mass measurements provide crucial information for atomic, nuclear and neutrino physics as well as for testing fundamental interactions and their symmetries. On the other hand, g-factor measurements of the bound electron in highly charged hydrogen-like ions allow for the determination of fundamental constants and for constraining Quantum Electrodynamics. For example, the most stringent test of CPT symmetry in the baryonic sector could be performed by mass comparison of the antiproton with H- and the knowledge of the electron atomic mass could be improved by a factor of 13.

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom. For link: email Ryan Higgins


DECEMBER 2, 2021

Ana Maria Rey, JILA/NIST
Host: Sarah Geller, Graduate Womxn in Physics

Title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom. For link: email Ryan Higgins


DECEMBER 9, 2021

Speaker, title and abstract: TBA

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: TBD



Spring 2021

  • CHRISTOPHER HENDON, University of Oregon
  • KERSTIN PEREZ, MIT
    Host: Tracy Slatyer
  • REBECCA SURMAN, University of Notre Dame
    Host: Tracy Slatyer
  • HOLGER MÜLLER, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Vladan Vuletić
  • PETER SHOR, MIT
    Host: Aram Harrow
  • DORIT AHARONOV, Hebrew University
    Hosts: Sarah Geller and Wenzer Qin of Graduate Womxn in Physics (GWIP)
  • ISAAC CHUANG, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • MARLA GEHA, Yale University
    Host: Michael McDonald
  • JELENA VUČKOVIĆ, Stanford University
    Host: Marin Soljacic
  • DAVID MOORE, Yale University
    Host: Philip Harris
  • LEE ROBERTS, Boston University
    Host: Philip Harris
  • ANDRÉ DE GOUVÊA, Northwestern
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • VEDIKA KHEMANI, Stanford University
    Host: Shreya Vardhan, Physics Graduate Students Council
  • ALI YAZDANI, Princeton University
    Host: Long Ju

Fall 2020

  • Nigel Goldenfeld, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Host: Hong Liu
  • Andrey Varlamov, Institute of Superconductivity and Innovation Materials (SPIN-CNR), Italy
    Host: Leonid Levitov
  • Frank Wilczek, MIT
    Host: Phiala Shanahan
  • Max Shulaker, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Joseph Checkelsky, MIT
    Host: TBD
  • Sara Seager, MIT
    PAPPALARDO LECTURE
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Mei-Yin Chou, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
    Host: Wenzer Qin/Sarah Geller
  • Mari Carmen Bañuls
    Host: William Detmold
  • Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh
    Host: Edmund Bertschinger
  • Natalia Toro, Stanford University
    Host: Philip Harris
  • Peter Onyisi, University of Texas, Austin
    Host: Philip Harris
  • Nadar Engheta, University of Pennsylvania
    Host: Marin Soljačić

Spring 2020

  • NADYA MASON, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Host: Graduate Women in Physics
  • LINDLEY WINSLOW, MIT
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • L. MAHADEVAN, Harvard University
    Host: Nikta Fakhri
  • SHAHAL ILANI, Weizmann Institute
    Host: Raymond Ashoori
  • ADAM RIESS, Johns Hopkins University
    Host: Salvatore Vitale
  • CANCELLED
    DONNA STRICKLAND, University of Waterloo
    Host: Graduate Women in Physics
  • RESCHEDULED
    SCOTT GAUDI, Ohio State University
    Host: Scott Hughes
  • VIRTUAL
    ALAN GUTH, MIT
    Graduate Student Open House Colloquium
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • CANCELLED
    JOHN MARTINIS, Google and UCSB
    Host: Aram Harrow
  • CANCELLED
    ASIMINA ARVANITAKI, Perimeter Institute
    Host: Tracy Slatyer
  • RESCHEDULED
    JENNY GREENE, Princeton University
    Host: Mike McDonald/Scott Hughes
  • CANCELLED
    LEE ROBERTS, Boston University
    Host: Philip Harris
  • CANCELLED
    KYLE CRANMER, New York University
    Host: Phiala Shanahan

Fall 2019

  • John Parmentola, RAND Corporation
    Physics in the Interest of Society Lecture
    Host: Robert Jaffe
  • Mark Vogelsberger, MIT
    Host: Robert Simcoe
  • Dan Marrone, University of Arizona
    Host: Salvatore Vitale & Scott Hughes
  • Yen-Jie Lee, MIT
    Host: Bolek Wyslouch
  • Nick Giordano, Auburn University
    Host: Greg Fiete
  • Joseph Formaggio, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Eliot Quataert, UC Berkeley
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Haiyan Gao, Duke University
    Host: Phiala Shanahan
  • Aleksandra Walczak, CNRS and ENS, Paris
    Host: Leonid Levitov and Arup Chakraborty
  • Erwin Frey, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Center, LMU Munich
    Host: Nikta Fakhri
  • Allan MacDonald, University of Texas, Austin
    Host: Long Ju
  • Uwe-Jens Wiese, Institute for Theoretical Physics; Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, University of Bern
    Host: William Detmold and Phiala Shanahan
  • Ibrahim Cissé, MIT
    Host: Mehran Kardar

Spring 2019

  • Frederick Salvucci, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Douglas Stanford, IAS/Stanford University
    Host: Daniel Harlow
  • Joel Fajans, UC Berkeley
    Host: Miklos Porkolab
  • Andrea Young, UC Santa Barbara
    Host: Ray Ashoori
  • Gianluca Gregori, Oxford University
    Host: Nuno Loureiro
  • Nilanga Liyanage, University of Virginia
    Host: Or Hen
  • Gregory Eyink, Johns Hopkins University
    Host: Hong Liu
  • Marin Soljačić, MIT
    Host: TBA
  • Angela Olinto, University of Chicago
    Host: Jacqueline Hewitt
  • Alexander Grosberg, New York University
    Host: Arup Chakraborty
  • Hans-Walter Rix, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
    Host: Paul Schechter
  • Francesca Ferlaino, University of Innsbruck
    Host: Martin Zwierlein
  • Clifford Cheung, Caltech
    Host: SPS/UWIP

Fall 2018

  • Tracy Slatyer, MIT
    Host: TBA
  • George Zweig, RLE@MIT
    Host: Frank Wilczek
  • Ila Fiete, MIT BCS
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Waseem Bakr, Princeton University
    Host: Martin Zwierlein
  • Ramesh Narayan, Harvard University
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: TBA
  • Jochen Mannhart, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
    Host: Riccardo Comin
  • David DeMille, Yale University
    Host: David Pritchard
  • Nevin Weinberg, MIT
    Host: TBA
  • Mike Williams, MIT
    Host: Robert Redwine
  • William Detmold, MIT
    Host: Iain Stewart

Spring 2018

  • Jennifer Hoffman, Harvard University
    Host: SPS
  • Raphael Bousso, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Daniel Harlow
  • Lorenzo Sironi, Columbia University
    Host: Nuno Loureiro
  • Eli Zeldov, Weizmann Institute of Science
    Host: Leonid Levitov
  • Licia Verde, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies and Institute of Cosmological Sciences – University of Barcelona
    Host: Salvatore Vitale
  • Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University
    Host: GWIP
  • Feryal Ozel, University of Arizona
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Rainer Weiss, MIT on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Jian-Wei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China
    Host: PGSC
  • Gregory Falkovich, Weizmann Institute of Science
    Host: Leonid Levitov
  • Kate Scholberg, Duke University
    Host: Lindley Winslow
  • Daniel Ralph, Cornell University
    Host: Ray Ashoori
  • Joshua Frieman, Fermilab and the University of Chicago
    Host: Paul Schechter

Fall 2017

  • Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Jeremy England, MIT
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Eric Cornell, JILA, NIST, and the Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle/David Pritchard
  • Dmitri Basov, Columbia University
    Host: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero/Nuh Gedik
  • Andrew Strominger, Harvard University
    Host: PGSC
  • Tulika Bose, Boston University
    Host: GWIP
  • Thomas Sunn Pedersen, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
    Host: Nuno Loureiro
  • Eliezer Rabinovici, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Host: Daniel Harlow
  • Doug Finkbeiner, Harvard University
    Host: Tracy Slatyer
  • Andrea Ghez, UCLA
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Wei Li, Rice University
    Host: Yen-Jie Lee
  • Xiangdong Ji, University of Maryland, College Park & Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Host: Tracy Slatyer
  • Steven Gubser, Princeton University
    Host: SPS

Spring 2017

  • Bernhard Keimer, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research
    Host: Riccardo Comin
  • Samuel C.C. Ting, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Zoran Hadzibabic, University of Cambridge
    Host: Martin Zwierlein
  • Liang Fu, MIT
    Host: Senthil Todadri
  • Amanda Weltman, University of Cape Town
    Host: Janet Conrad
  • James J. Collins, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Matthew Schwartz, Harvard University
    Host: SPS
  • Edmund Bertschinger, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher & SPS
  • Sarah Demers, Yale University
    Host: GWIP
  • Deborah Harris, Fermilab
    Host: Lindley Winslow
  • Volker Springel, Heidelberg University
    Host: Mark Vogelsberger
  • Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan
    Host: PGSC
  • Edward Prather, University of Arizona
    Host: Matthew Evans
  • Chung-Pei Ma, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: TBD
  • Ulf-G. Meissner, University of Bonn & Forschungszentrum Julich
    Host: William Detmold

Fall 2016

  • Matthew P.A. Fisher, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Host: PGSC
  • Jeff Gore, MIT
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Robert Schoelkopf, Yale University
    Host: Isaac Chuang
  • Anna Frebel, MIT
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Eliezer Piasetzky, Tel Aviv University
    Host: Or Hen
  • Jesse Thaler, MIT
    Host: Krishna Rajagopal
  • Aram Harrow, MIT
    Host: Edward Farhi
  • Risa Wechsler, Stanford University
    Host: Nergis Mavalvala
  • Mariangela Lisanti, Princeton University
    Host: GWIP
  • M. Cristina Marchetti, Syracuse University
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Mordechai (Moti) Segev, Israel Institute of Technology
    Host: Marin Soljačić
  • Kerstin Perez, MIT
    Host: Yen-Jie Lee
  • Sean Carroll, Caltech
    Host: SPS

Spring 2016

  • Dan Harlow, Harvard University
    Host: Hong Liu
  • Zheng-Tian Lu, University of Science and Technology of China
    Host: Yen-Jie Lee
  • Zohar Komargodski, Weizmann Institute of Science
    Host: Hong Liu
  • Rainer Weiss, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Sheperd Doeleman, MIT Haystack Observatory
    Host: Scott Hughes
  • Hari Manoharan, Stanford University
    Host: Ray Ashoori
  • Michael Desai, Harvard University
    Host: Jeff Gore
  • Terence Hwa, University of California, San Diego
    Host: PGSC
  • R. Scott Kemp, MIT
    Host: SPS
  • Nai Phuan Ong, Princeton University
    Host: Joe Checkelsky
  • Alexandra von Meier, California Institute for Energy and Environment
    Physics in the Interest of Society Colloquium
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Lindley Winslow, MIT
    Host: GWIP
  • Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart
    Host: Martin Zwierlein

Fall 2015

  • Suchitra Sebastian, University of Cambridge
    Host: MIT GWIP
  • Markus Klute, MIT
    Host: Bolek Wyslouch
  • Gregory Boebinger, National HIgh Magnetic Field Laboratory
    Host: Patrick Lee
  • Paul Schechter, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • John Carlstrom, University of Chicago
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Robert Simcoe
  • Homer Reid, MIT
    Host: MIT SPS
  • Joerg Schmiedmayer, Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), Atominstitut, TU-Wien
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Brian Keating, University of California, San Diego
    Host: Andrew Friedman
  • Gavin Crooks, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Host: MIT PGSC
  • Xiaowei Zhuang, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard University
    Host: Ibrahim Cissé
  • Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Pratheev Sreetharan, Vibrant Composites Inc.
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Selim Jochim, University of Heidelberg
    Host: Martin Zwierlein

Spring 2015

  • Markus Oberthaler, University of Heidelberg
    Host: Vladan Vuletić
  • Anna Watts, University of Amsterdam
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Jean Dalibard, Collège de France
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Andrei Kounine, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Francis Gavin, MIT
    Physics in the Interest of Society Colloquium
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Surya Ganguli, Stanford University
    Host: Nikta Fakhri
  • Christopher Fryer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Jacqueline Hewitt, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Cristian Urbina, CEA-Saclay
    Host: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study
    Host: MIT Society of Physics Students
  • Alexander Polyakov, Princeton University
    Host: MIT Physics Graduate Student Council
  • Arup Chakraborty, MIT
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Michael Brenner, Harvard University
    Host: Jeremy England
  • Michel Devoret, Yale University
    Host: Isaac Chuang

Fall 2014

  • David Pritchard, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Allan Adams, MIT
    Host: Edward Farhi
  • Duncan Brown, Syracuse University
    Host: Matthew Evans
  • Steven Johnson, MIT
    Host: MIT SPS
  • Alyssa Goodman, Harvard University
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Nuh Gedik, MIT
    Host: Marc Kastner
  • Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, MIT
    Host: Raymond Ashoori
  • Beate Heinemann, University of California Berkeley
    Host: Markus Klute
  • Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Steven Block, Stanford University
    Host: Ibrahim Cissé
  • John Marko, Northwestern University
    Host: Leonid Mirny
  • John Preskill, California Institute of Technology
    Host: MIT PGSC
  • Omar Hurricane, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Host: Peter Fisher

Spring 2014

  • John Doyle, Harvard University
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Daniel Rothman, Lorenz Center, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Physics in the Interest of Society Colloquium
    Host: Aron Bernstein
  • Ashvin Vishwanath, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Nuh Gedik
  • Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University
    Host: Society of Physics Students
  • Subir Sachdev, Harvard University
    Host: Physics Graduate Student Council
  • Ken Alder, Northwestern University
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Max Tegmark, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Andrea Cavalleri, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg; Department of Physics, University of Oxford
    Host: Nuh Gedik
  • Dan Stamper-Kurn, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Michael Ramsey-Musole, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Fiona Harrison, California Institute of Technology
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Itai Cohen, Cornell University
    Host: Jeremy England
  • Ana Maria Rey, JILA, NIST and, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Host: Undergraduate Women in Physics

Fall 2013

  • Barbara Jones, IBM Almaden Research Center
    Host: Graduate Women in Physics
  • Stefan Westerhoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Host: Markus Klute
  • Vladan Vuletic, MIT
    Host: Wolfgang Ketterle
  • Samuel Ting, MIT
    Host: Robert Redwine
  • Vicky Kaspi, McGill University
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Host: David Pritchard
  • Matthias Troyer, ETH Zurich
    Host: Edward Farhi
  • David Griffiths, Reed College
    Host: MIT Society of Physics Students
  • Maria Zuber, MIT
    Host: Matthew Evans
  • Stephan Grill, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
    Host: Jeremy England
  • Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    Host: PGSC
  • Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Julia Yeomans, University of Oxford
    Host: Jeremy England

Spring 2013

  • MIchael Berry, Bristol University, UK
    Host: PGSC
  • Bulbul Chakraborty, Brandeis University
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Frank Von Hippel, Princeton University, Co-chair, International Panel on Fissile Materials and MIT ‘59
    Physics in the Interest of Society Colloquium
    Host: Aron Bernstein
  • Shrinivas Kulkarni, California Institute of Technology
    Host: Nevin Weinberg
  • Tilman Esslinger, ETH Zurich
    Host: Vladan Vuletic
  • Young Lee, MIT
    Host: Society of Physics Students
  • Norman Christ, Columbia University
    Host: William Detmold
  • Markus Klute, MIT
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Megan Urry, Yale University
    Host: Graduate Women In Physics
  • Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
    Host: Nuh Gedik
  • Jan Zaanen, Leiden University
    Host: Hong Liu
  • Andreas Adelmann, Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
    Host: Markus Klute
  • Eva Andrei, Rutgers University
    Host: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
  • Sharad Ramanathan, Harvard University
    Host: Jeff Gore

Fall 2012

  • Gavin Salam, CERN and Princeton University
    Host: Jesse Thaler
  • Edward Wright, University of California, Los Angeles
    Host: Josh Winn
  • John McGreevy, MIT
    Host: Eddie Farhi
  • Phil Nelson, University of Pennsylvania
    Host: Jeff Gore
  • Paul Ginsparg, Cornell University
    Host: PGSC
  • Rob Simcoe, MIT
    Host: Deepto Chakrabarty
  • Andre De Gouvea, Northwestern University
    Host: Janet Conrad
  • Alan Guth, MIT
    Host: Society of Physics Students
  • Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Timothy M. Swager, MIT
    Host: Nuh Gedik
  • Joel Moore, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Liang Fu
  • Geoff Marcy, University of California, Berkeley
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Sara Seager

Spring 2012

  • Adam Cohen, Harvard University
  • Martin Zwierlein, MIT
  • Xiao-Gang Wen, MIT
  • Robert Geroch, University of Chicago
  • Deborah Jin, NIST and University of Colorado
  • Ray Jayawardhana, University of Toronto
  • Ian Spielman, Joint quantum institute; NIST and the University of Maryland
  • Tony Heinz, Columbia University
  • Nadya Mason, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Andreas Karch, University of Washington
  • Taekjip Ha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Gunther Roland, MIT
  • Seth Lloyd, MIT
  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University

Fall 2011

  • Leon Balents, University of California – Santa Barbara
    Host: Senthil Todadri
  • Stanislas Leibler, Rockefeller University and Institute for Advanced Study
    Host: Mehran Kardar
  • Michael Nielsen
    Host: Society of Physics Students
  • Jan Egedal-Pedersen, MIT
    Host: Patrick Lee
  • Joseph Formaggio, MIT
    Host: Peter Fisher
  • Markus Greiner, Harvard University
    Host: Martin Zwierlein
  • Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute
    Pappalardo Distinguished Lecture
    Host: Edmund Bertschinger
  • Joshua Winn, MIT
    Host: Sara Seager
  • Richard Garwin, IBM Fellow Emeritus
    Host: Aron Bernstein
  • Harold Hwang, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    Host: Patrick Lee
  • Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University
    Host: Vladan Vuletic
  • Zhi-Xun Shen, Stanford University
    Host: Physics Graduate Student Council
  • Steven Nahn, MIT
    Host: Christoph Paus

Spring 2011

  • Julianne Dalcanton, University of Washington
  • Yuri Oganessian, Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, JINR
  • David DeMille, Yale University
  • John Bush, MIT
  • Amir Yacoby, Harvard University
  • Daniel Eisenstein, University of Arizona
  • François Bouchet, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS & UPMC-Sorbonnes Universités
  • Charles Kane, University of Pennsylvania
  • David Kleinfeld, University of California at San Diego
  • Ann Nelson, University of Washington
  • Steve Simon, University of Oxford
  • Raphael Bousso, University of California at Berkeley
  • Steve Giddings, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Yves Couder, Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Université Paris Diderot -Paris

Fall 2010

  • Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research New England
  • Jack Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Bernd Surrow, MIT
  • Marin Soljačić, MIT
  • Leonid Mirny, MIT
  • David Leeson, Stanford University
  • Homer Neal, University of Michigan
  • Charles Dermer, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Tom Levenson, MIT
  • Naama Barkai, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Philip Kim, Columbia University
  • Adam Bernstein, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Spring 2010

  • Andrew Strominger, Harvard University
  • Frank Wilczek, MIT
  • Samuel Ting, MIT
  • Daniel Prober, Yale University
  • Heidi Newberg, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
  • Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University
  • Jack Harris, Yale University
  • S. James Gates, Jr., University of Maryland
  • Felicitas Pauss, CERN and ETH Zurich
  • Leo Kouwenhoven, Delft University of Technology
  • Reshmi Mukherjee, Barnard College
  • Alan Nathan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Matthew Strassler, Rutgers University

Fall 2009

  • Shoucheng Zhang, Stanford University
  • Gabriella Sciolla, MIT
  • Owen Gingerich, Harvard University
  • Scott Hughes, MIT
  • Vladan Vuletic, MIT
  • Paula Apsell, PBS-NOVA
  • Wojciech Zurek, Los Alamos
  • Hong Liu, MIT
  • Robert McKeown, California Institute of Technology
  • Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
  • Eric Hudson, MIT
  • John Morgan, Columbia University
  • Claire Max, UC Santa Cruz

Spring 2009

  • Paul Canfield, Iowa State University
  • Jochen Schneider, LCLS Experimental Facilities Divsion, SLAC, CA and Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), Germany
  • Matthias Burkardt, New Mexico State University/Jefferson Lab
  • Zoltan Fodor, University of Wuppertal, Eotvos University of Budapest, John von Neumann Institute for Computing, DESY-Zeuthen, and Forschungszentrum-Juelich
  • Marc Kamionkowski, Caltech
  • Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder and NIST
  • Jeff Kimble, Caltech
  • George Whitesides, Harvard University
  • Dam Thanh Son, University of Washington
  • Sidney Drell, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Alain Aspect, Institut d’Optique
  • Michael Brown, Caltech
  • Kip Thorne, Caltech
  • Felicitas Pauss, Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zurich
  • Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University

Fall 2008

  • Lisa Randall, Harvard University
  • Edward Farhi, MIT
  • Adam Cohen, Harvard University
  • Phuan Ong, Princeton University
  • Christopher Stubbs, Harvard University
  • Boris Kayser, Fermilab
  • Sara Seager, MIT
  • Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute
  • David Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Peter Borden, Solar Business Group, Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Steven Kivelson, Stanford University
  • Angela Olinto, University of Chicago
  • Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research
  • Nat Fisch, Princeton University

Spring 2008

  • Wim Leemans, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Nergis Mavalvala, MIT
  • Michael Peskin, Stanford University
  • Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley
  • Rob Schoelkopf, Yale University
  • Marin Soljacic, MIT
  • Robert Redwine, MIT
  • Joseph Formaggio, MIT
  • Jun Ye, University of Colorado
  • Karin Rabe, Rutgers University
  • Peter F. Michelson, Stanford University
  • Lyn Evans, CERN-LHC
  • Iain Stewart, MIT
  • David Griffiths, Reed College

Fall 2007

  • Barry Barish, Caltech
  • Gabriella Sciolla, MIT
  • Shamit Kachru, Stanford University
  • Daniel Kleppner, MIT
  • Steve Chu, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Dimitrios Psaltis, University of Arizona
  • Erik Katsavounidis, MIT
  • Young Lee, MIT
  • John Mather, NASA
  • Gregor Herten, Albert-Ludwigs-Univeritat Freiburg
  • Charles Falco, University of Arizona
  • Ted Haensch, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
  • Serge Haroche, Ecole normale Superieure and College de France
  • Michael Campbell

Spring 2007

  • Peter Zoller, Universität Innsbruck
  • Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University
  • Ben Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History
  • Michael Sipser, MIT
  • Tom Levenson, MIT
  • Joan Centrella, NASA
  • William Bialek, Princeton University
  • Jim Kakalios, University of Minnesota
  • Hong Liu, MIT
  • Alessandra Lanzara, UC Berkeley
  • James E. Gunn, Princeton University
  • John Beacom, Ohio State
  • Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT
  • Benoit Mandelbrot, Yale University
  • Sebastien Balibar, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique de l’ENS
  • Bert Halperin, Harvard University

Fall 2006

  • Lyman Page, Princeton University
  • Senthil Todadri, MIT
  • Amber Miller, Columbia University
  • Donald F. Geesaman, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Alan Guth, MIT
  • Virginia Trimble UC Irvine
  • Eugene Chiang, UC Berkeley
  • Gunther Roland, MIT
  • Vladan Vuletic, MIT
  • Janet Conrad, Columbia University
  • Christof Wetterich, Universität Heidelberg
  • Allen Caldwell, Max-Planck-Institute
  • Shelley Page, University of Manitoba
  • Arup Chakraborty, MIT

Spring 2006

  • Urs Achim Wiedemann, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
  • Raymond E. Goldstein, University of Arizona
  • Adam G Riess, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Mehran Kardar, MIT
  • Moses H. W. Chan, Pennsylvania State University
  • Edward C. Stone, California Institute of Technology
  • Leonard Susskind, Stanford University
  • Bernhard Keimer, Max-Planck-Institut for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
  • Tom Murphy, UC San Diego
  • Richard A. Muller, UC Berkeley
  • Hans-Walter Rix, Max-Planck-Institut for Astronomy
  • A. Douglas Stone, Yale University
  • Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, University of Notre Dame
  • Clifford M. Will, Washington University

Fall 2005

  • Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT
  • Sean Carroll, University of Chicago
  • Pier Oddone, Fermi National Laboratory
  • David Nelson, Harvard University
  • Ed Bertschinger, MIT
  • Eric Adelberger, University of Washington
  • Masahiro Morii, Harvard University
  • Charles Alcock, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Andrei Linde, Stanford University
  • Christoph Paus, MIT
  • Iain Stewart, MIT
  • Andreas Hoecker, CERN
  • Catherine Kallin, McMaster University

Spring 2005

  • Steven Weinberg, University of Texas, Austin
  • Anthony Leggett, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Vicki Kaspi, McGill University
  • Debbie Jin, JILA/University of Colorado
  • Peter Goldreich, California Institute of Technology
  • Dan Rugar, IBM Almaden Research Center
  • Martin Bezant, MIT
  • Jeff Richman, UC-Santa Barbara
  • Andrea Liu, UCLA
  • Ian Shipsey, Purdue University
  • Wendy Freedman, OCIW

Fall 2004

  • Edward Farhi, MIT
  • Max Tegmark, MIT
  • Joe Polchinski, UC-Santa Barbara
  • Larry Abbott, Brandeis University
  • Robert Buderi, Technology Review
  • Chris Quigg, Fermi National Laboratory
  • Peter Galison, Harvard University
  • Maria Zuber, MIT
  • Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute
  • Amihay Hanany, MIT

Spring 2004

  • Franklin Chang-Diaz, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Kathryn Moler, Stanford University
  • David Kaiser, MIT
  • Alexander van Oudenaarden, MIT
  • Stanislas Leibler, Rockefeller University
  • Charles Holbrow, Colgate University
  • Aharon Kapitulnik, Stanford University
  • Paul McEuen, Cornell University
  • Michael Peskin, SLAC/Stanford University
  • Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT
  • Dan Akerib, Case Western Reserve University
  • Michael Turner, University of Chicago
  • Frank Wilczek, MIT

Fall 2003

  • Seamus Davis, Cornell University
  • Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, University of Nebraska
  • Robert Kirshner, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • James Bergquist, NIST
  • Natalie Roe, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • David Gross, UC-Santa Barbara
  • Peter Lepage, Cornell University
  • Deepto Chakrabarty, MIT
  • Gerard ‘t Hooft, University of Utrecht
  • Andrea Ghez, UCLA
  • Donald Monroe, Agere Systems
  • John Schwarz, California Institute of Technology
  • Nicholas Giordano, Purdue University

Spring 2003

  • Matthew Strassler, University of Washington
  • Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, University of Notre Dame
  • Piers Coleman, Rutgers University
  • Lyman Page, Princeton University
  • David Wineland, NIST
  • Bart de Smit, University of Leiden
  • Frithjof Karsch, University of Bielefeld
  • Paul Horowitz, Harvard University
  • David Wark, Oxford University
  • Stuart Freedman, UC-Berkeley
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed, Harvard University
  • Angela Olinto, University of Chicago
  • Immanuel Bloch, University of Munich

Fall 2002

  • Steven Girvin, Yale University
  • Daniel Dubin, UC-San Diego
  • Daniel Fisher, Harvard University
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, AMNH, NY
  • Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Edward Shuryak, SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Robert Jaffe, MIT
  • David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio
  • John Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Pawan Kumar, University of Texas, Austin
  • Bob Rosner, University of Chicago

Spring 2002

  • Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, ENS, Paris
  • Bertram Batlogg, ETH, Zurich
  • Raman Sundrum, Johns Hopkins University
  • Neil Calder, SLAC/Stanford University
  • Samuel Ting, MIT
  • Craig Sarazin, University of Virginia
  • Bernard Schutz, Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics
  • Chung Pei-Ma, UC-Berkeley
  • Umar Mohideen, UC-Riverside
  • Richard Lovelace, Cornell University
  • Alex Filippenko, UC-Berkeley
  • Timothy Chupp, University of Michigan
  • Alexander van Oudenaarden, MIT

Fall 2001

  • Lee Roberts, Boston University
  • Linda Griffith, MIT
  • David Weitz, Harvard University
  • Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University
  • Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT
  • Edward Wright, UCLA
  • Matias Zaldarriaga, New York University
  • Wick Haxton, University of Washington
  • Eric Cornell, JILA/University of Colorado
  • Albrecht Wagner, DESY
  • Jim Eisenstein, California Institute of Technology
  • Arthur McDonald, Queen’s University
  • Hitoshi Murayama, UC-Berkeley

Spring 2001

  • Frank Wilczek, MIT
  • Fulvia Pilat, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Greg Boebenger, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Sascha Hilgenfeldt, University of Twente
  • Jean Dalibard, ENS, Paris
  • Washington Taylor, MIT
  • Eric Heller, Harvard University
  • Adam Falk, Johns Hopkins University
  • Charles Marcus, Harvard University
  • Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin
  • Ashoke Sen, Mehta Research Institute
  • Tony Readhead, California Institute of Technology

Fall 2000

  • Max Tegmark, University of Pennsylvania
  • Peter Fisher, MIT
  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University
  • Luis Orozco, SUNY, Stony Brook
  • Takashi Imai, MIT
  • Blayne Heckel, University of Washington
  • Shrinivas Kulkarni, California Institute of Technology
  • Uwe-Jens Wiese, MIT
  • Stephan Quake, California Institute of Technology
  • David Hitlin, California Institute of Technology
  • Krishna Rajagopal, MIT
  • Wit Busza, MIT

Spring 2000

  • Lisa Randall, MIT
  • Myriam Sarachik, CUNY
  • Marc Kamionkowski, California Institute of Technology
  • Christof Wetterich, University of Heidelberg
  • Claude Canizares, MIT
  • Nathan Isgur, Jefferson Laboratory
  • John Grunsfeld, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Maurice Jacob, CERN
  • Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Mark Johnson, Naval Research Laboratory
  • John Ruhl, UC-Santa Barbara

Fall 1999

  • Leslie Rosenberg, MIT
  • Richard Muller, UC-Berkeley
  • Maria Zuber, MIT
  • John Preskill, California Institute of Technology
  • David Grier, University of Chicago
  • Hans Bethe, Cornell University
  • Tony Barker, University of Colorado
  • Vicky Kaspi, MIT
  • David Kaplan, University of Washington
  • Douglas Stone, Yale University
  • Steven Girvin, Indiana University
  • Michel Devoret, Yale University

Spring 1999

  • Marc Kastner, MIT
  • Craig Ogilvie, MIT
  • Jack Steinberger, CERN
  • Jerry Mahlman, Princeton University
  • Fred Adams, University of Michigan
  • Donald Lynden-Bell, University of Cambridge
  • Boris Kayser, National Science Foundation
  • Paul Schechter, MIT
  • Jean Zinn-Justin, CEA, Saclay
  • Fredrico Capasso, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
  • Charles Baltay, Yale University
  • Larry Sulak, Boston University
  • Bernhard Keimer, Princeton University
  • Charles Lieber, Harvard University
  • Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University
  • Farid Abraham, IBM, Almaden Research Center
  • Cyrus Taylor, Case Western Reserve University

Fall 1998

  • Ruth Sime, Sacramento City College
  • Henry Kendall, MIT
  • Jonathan Bagger, Johns Hopkins University
  • Alan Guth and Philip Morrison, MIT
  • Peter Armbruster, GSI, Darmstadt
  • Jan van Paradijs, University of Amsterdam
  • Robert Jaffe, MIT
  • Saul Perlmutter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Partha Mitra, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
  • Robert Mawhinney, Columbia University
  • Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT
  • Frederick Salvucci, MIT
  • John Ralston, University of Kansas
  • Lawrence Krauss, Case Western Reserve University
  • Charles Alcock, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Michael Turner, University of Chicago/Fermilab
  • Tom Greytak and Daniel Kleppner, MIT