The Physics Department hosts a regular colloquium series on Fridays, and participates with the Math Department in the Functional Analysis and Mathematical Physics (FAMP) Interdepartmental Research Group meetings.

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Physics Colloquium Schedule: Fall 2020

Due to Covid-19, our Physics Colloquium is now virtual

See the schedule of virtual colloquium below. If you have a topic you would like to see covered please contact Dr. Singleton with suggestions.

When appropriate, a recording of the colloquium will be posted here.

Our Colloquium series is also known as the course
Phys 180, Doug Singleton, Instructor.

Virtual Colloquiua:

 All talks begin at 3PM Pacific Time unless otherwise noted.

Mobile users: You may need to turn your screen sideways to see the Zoom link.

Aug. 28

Fresno State Physics Research Overview

By Dr. Fred Ringwald, Dr. Doug Singleton, Dr. Mihai Gherase. Dr. Pei-Chun Ho, Dr. Ettori Vitali, and Don Williams

See the flier as a PDF


Sep. 18

Strained α-Sn Thin Films on Highly Lattice-Mismatched GE

Prof. Yize Li, CSU Bakersfield.

See the flier with abstract as a PDF (contains information about receiving a link to the zoom session)

Sep. 25

Gravitational Casimir Effect

Joint FAMP Seminar & Physics Colloquium


Dr. James Quach, University of Adelaide

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Oct. 2

Neutral Fermions and a New State of Matter: Weird Metals Disguised as Electrical Insulators

Dr. John Singleton, LANL

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Oct. 9-10

No Colloquium, but we encourage you to visit the APS Far West Section meeting. We have several students presenting there.

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Oct. 16

Nonlinear Astrophysics at Fresno State

Dr. Fred Ringwald, Fresno State Physics


Oct. 23


Dr. Kathryn Grimm, California State University, East Bay

Nov. 6


Prof. Mauro Tambasco, SDSU


Nov. 13

Student Research Talks

Dan Brown, Blanca Nino


Nov. 20


Dr. Dan Tennant, LLNL

   From last spring:

May 1 at 10AM

(please note the earlier  time)

Direct Zoom Link

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A joint colloquium from the Physics Department and the Functional Analysis and Mathematical Physics (FAMP) Interdepartmental Research Group

Title:  Fermionic Superfluidity: from Cold Atoms to Neutron Stars

By Dr. Ettore Vitali, California State University, Fresno, Department of Physics

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Abstract: In this presentation, I will provide an overview of fermionic superfluidity, which is a very interesting and puzzling phenomenon that occurs in some of the most mysterious systems in the universe, like unconventional superconductors and neutron stars. I will discuss the basic physical mechanism, involving a subtle interplay among quantum mechanics, quantum statistics and interatomic forces. I will also stress the importance of cold atoms as one of the most promising "laboratories" to observe Fermi superfluidity in a controlled environment. Finally, I will discuss many open exciting research opportunities in theoretical and computational physics related to superfluid fermions.

April 17 at 3PM via Zoom

Direct Zoom Link

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Title: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and an Application in Observational Astronomy

By Dr. Athanasios Aris Panagopoulos, California State University, Fresno, Department of Computer Science.

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Abstract: In recent years, artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming an integral part of our everyday life, assisting in solving challenging problems in various domains such as energy sustainability, transportation, medicine, and physics. This shift is supported by concurrent advances in computational and data storage technologies, connectivity, data availability, and theoretical understanding. In this context, AI is also altering the way we do research and get to know the world around us. In this talk, we will delve into the essence of the AI revolution and investigate its potential in supporting our research endeavors. We will see how AI builds on the basic principles of natural/biological intelligence, the challenges, and current trends. Importantly, we will investigate how AI can assist our research by automatically detecting patterns in our data. As a particular example, we will explore how AI can help to detect r-mode gravitational wave signals from newborn neutron stars using artificial neural networks and pattern recognition techniques.


 April 3, 2020

Title "A Shift Toward Scientific Reasoning: The Introductory Physics Lab" by Dr. John Walkup, Roger Key, and Stephan Squire

Abstract: "For the past year, John Walkup and Roger Key have spearheaded a transformation of our introductory physics labs to elevate scientific reasoning. In a revised lab manual that is currently under development, every one of our existing PHYS-4A lab activities would either receive an overhaul or be replaced altogether. These efforts have culminated in four publications, with another one in preparation. Stephan Squire, a graduate student of physics at the time, measured the efficacy of this new approach in his M.S. thesis research, although the sample sizes were likely too small to generate conclusive results. In this colloquium, John, Roger, and Stephan will discuss this new paradigm in lab design and how it alters the learning environment for our future scientists and engineers."

If you missed it, here is the recording....

 March 27, 2020

Title: "What Really Happens at the Event Horizon?" by Spacetime Physics   

Supplemental Material 

(i) (Opening on a series by "Minute Physics" that explains special relativity and leads into ordinary space-time diagram the simple cousin of Penrose diagrams)  
(ii) (A much more math detailed discussion of Penrose diagram by Dr. Emil Akhmedov)  

 March 20, 2020

Title: "Exponential Growth and epidemics" by 3blue1brown 

Supplemental Material

(i) (Exponential vs. Logistic growth)   

 (ii)(Covid-19 infection in Italy)




Original colloquium schedule:

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All talks are open to the public and will be held on the Fresno State Campus in room 162 of McLane Hall and at a usual time of 3:00 P.M. unless otherwise noted. (please note time change from past semesters)

Date:          Speaker: Title of Talk:
Jan. 31 Dr. Oscar Bernal, California State University, Los Angeles Quantum and Hidden Magnetism Studied by Magnetic-Probe Spectroscopies
Feb. 7 Krishnakanta Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati Fluctuation-Dissipation in Accelerated Frames
Feb. 21 J. Daniel Gomez Martinez, Career Liaison, College of Science and Mathematics, Fresno State Professionalism 101: Skills to Succeed & Stand Out
Feb. 28 Kendall Hall, University of Wisconsin Herschel 158 micron [CII] Observations of "CO-Dark" Gas in the Perseus Giant Molecular Cloud
Mar. 6 Steven Gough-Kelly, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, University of Central Lancashire, UK Modelling the Milky Way in the Era of Gaia




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