SBQMI hosts numerous academic and other events throughout the year. Please search by audience or event type, or enter a keyword, to find events of interest to you.

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14 May2019

Speaker: Dr. Olivia New, Stuart Sheperd, Carlo Rodrigo

Time: May 14, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: BRIM 311

Dr. Olivia New: Chief Academic Officer, Co-Founder, STEM ACES EDUCATION INC. Dr. Olivia New’s STEM experience as a Research and Development Professional in industry and academic settings and a University Lecturer (instructing, course design, writing, marking, and grading undergraduate Chemistry courses exams) inspired the concept and development of STEM ACES Education Inc. particularly some of the effective teaching methods...

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Brainstorming session and summer school: Interacting Majorana Fermions

01 May2019

Time: School: May 1, 2019, Workshop: May 2-3, 2019

Location: Brimacombe 311

This two-day workshop on May 2-3 will focus on recent advances in the field of interacting Majorana fermion systems in various geometries. Progress in experimental detection and manipulation of Majorana fermions in solid state devices promises that such interacting systems could be soon amenable to laboratory studies. Various exotic phenomena predicted in recent theoretical works, such as the emergent space-time...

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SBQMI Career Panel: Venture Capitalists and Investors

16 Apr2019

Time: Apr 16, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: BRIM 311

This will be a very special career panel featuring four local panelists from the world of venture capitalism and investment. Our speakers' diverse expertise include next-generation materials, clean energy technologies, radiopharmaceuticals, real estate, automotive, medical technology, and software. They all bring a passion for innovation in science and technology that is certain to make for some exciting discussion.

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CM Seminar: Quantum materials: insights from near field nano-optics

04 Apr2019

Speaker: D.N. Basov, Columbia University,

Time: Apr 4, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: BRIM 311


In 1944 Hans Bethe reported on “the diffraction of electromagnetic radiation by a hole small compared with the wave-length” [Physical Review 66, 163 (1944)]. This seminal paper was among the early precursors to a new and vibrant area of research: near field nano-optics. I will discuss recent nano-optical experiments on quantum materials including graphene and other atomically layered...

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How Raman, X-Ray and DFT can be used to understand various families of carbon materials

29 Mar2019

Speaker: Pascal Puech, CEMES/university Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Time: Mar 29, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Quantum Matter Institute

The crystallite sizes of carbon materials like coke are linked to their mechanical and electrical properties. Having a reliable method to determine these sizes is required for industrials. Due to its versatility and simplicity, Raman spectroscopy is a significant technique for carbon as the signal collected is quite large. Since the work of Tuinstra and Koenig [JCP53, 1126,1970], and after...

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CM Seminar: Charged Rydberg States in Two Dimensional Semiconductors

28 Mar2019

Speaker: Tom Goldstein, UMass, Amherst

Time: Mar 28, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: BRIM 311

Atomically thin Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDCs) have many potential applications including flexible electronics, opto-electronics, spintronics (and many more) due to their quasi-2D nature and remarkable electronic properties. The excitons of semiconducting TMDCs are of particular interest due to the ‘valley’ index, an additional electron degree of freedom with potential use for data storage and computation. These excitons have an exceptionally...

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CM Seminar: Magic Angle Twisted Bilayer Graphene

14 Mar2019

Speaker: Allan H. MacDonald, Physics Department, University of Texas at Austin

Time: Mar 15, 2019 14:00 - 15:00

Location: BRIM 311

Magic Angle Twisted Bilayer Graphene (MATBG) is a remarkably tunable and relatively simple strongly correlated electron system, with its own set of specific peculiarities. My talk will focus on similarities and differences between the interaction physics of flat-band moiré superlattices MATBG and transition metal dichalcogenide bilayers which simulate Hubbard model physics more closely. I will discuss the nature of the...

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CM Seminar: Structure and Dynamics with Ultrafast Electron Microscopes … or how to image fundamental processes in materials

28 Feb2019

Speaker: Bradley J. Siwick Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, Center for the Physics of Materials, McGill University

Time: Feb 28, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: BRIM 311

In this talk I will describe how combining ultrafast lasers and electron microscopes in novel ways makes it possible to directly ‘watch’ the time-evolving structure of condensed matter on the fastest timescales open to atomic motion. By combining such measurements with complementary (and more conventional) spectroscopic probes one can develop structure-property relationships for materials under even very far from equilibrium...

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CM Seminar: Theory of heat transport in the fractional quantum Hall effect

26 Feb2019

Speaker: Yuvel Oreg, Weizmann Institute of Science

Time: Feb 26, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: HENN 318

The thermal Hall conductance is a universal and topological property which characterizes the fractional quantum Hall ( FQH ) state. Quantized values of the thermal Hall conductance has only recently been measured experimentally in integer quantum Hall ( IQH ) and FQH regimes, These finding include observation of half integer quantized heat conductance at filling 5/2. In this talk I...

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Special Seminar: Ultrafast spin dynamics probed by synchrotron x-ray and x-ray free electron laser

25 Feb2019

Speaker: Dr. Hiroki Wadati

Time: February 25, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: BRIM 311

Control of spin states by optical excitations in magnetically ordered materials has attracted considerable attention since the ultrafast demagnetization in Ni was observed within 1 picosecond (ps) by time-resolved magneto-optic Kerr effect (trMOKE) studies [1].

Time-resolved x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (trXMCD) can provide information on element-specific spin dynamics.

X-rays from synchrotron radiation (SR) have time structures related to...

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