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Events for February 28 – January 24 – Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Master’s Defense – Taylor Stevenson

UNC-CH Physics and Astronomy Master's Defense Taylor Stevenson "Evolution of kilonova ejecta: multifluid gas-kinetic schemes for extreme flow conditions" The origin of the r-process elements—some of the heaviest metals in our universe, which compose our physical reality—is still unknown. Over … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Jun Ye

UNC Physics Colloquium Jun Ye, JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, University of Colorado, Boulder "Clock, quantum matter, and fundamental physics" Precise control of quantum states of matter and innovative laser technology are revolutionizing the performance of atomic clocks … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Jason Petta

UNC Physics Colloquium Jason Petta, Princeton University "Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics with Semiconductor Spin Qubits" Electron spins are excellent candidates for solid state quantum computing due to their exceptionally long quantum coherence times, which is a result of weak coupling to … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Siyi Xu

UNC Physics Colloquium Siyi Xu, Gemini Observatory, Northern Operations Center, Hawaii "Planetesimals and Planets around White Dwarfs" Recent studies from both observations and theories show that planetary systems can be present and active around white dwarfs. In the first part … Continued

Special CoSMS Colloquium – David Dean

The Future of High Performance Quantum Computing Dr. David Dean Director of the Quantum Science Center ( at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Zoom link:

Career Workshop for Students

Phillips 277

WORKSHOP #1 Career formation : What do physicists do, and what should I do? In this workshop, we will cover the landscape of physics and astronomy employment, including employment sectors, types of jobs within an employment sector, skills needed for … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Chong Zu

UNC Physics Colloquium Chong Zu, Washington University "Emergent hydrodynamics in a strongly interacting dipolar spin ensemble in diamond." Abstract Conventional wisdom holds that macroscopic classical phenomena naturally emerge from microscopic quantum laws. However, building direct connections between these two descriptions … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Andrew Jayich

Phillips 265 120 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Physics Colloquium Andrew Jayich, University of California, Santa Barbara "Radium ions and radioactive molecules" Abstract: The bottom row of the periodic table is famous for its radioactive elements, which compared to stable isotopes are little-explored. Many heavy radioisotopes have … Continued

UNC Physics Colloquium – Laura Kim

Phillips 265 120 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Physics Colloquium Laura Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology TBA Abstract TBA