Spring '17 -- Prof. Wesley Smith

PHYSICS 301 -- Physics Today/Undergraduate Colloquium

Description: A series of weekly presentations and discussions of current research topics in physics by the scientists involved in those studies. this course is designed to expose students to the topics and excitement of the research frontier. Each lecture will be given by a different researcher who will describe his/her field and his/her own work. Opportunities will be offered for students to become involved in research work. This course is designed to help foster contact between students and faculty to enable opportunties for independent study, directed study, or senior thesis projects with faculty in subsequent semesters. Students will learn about a broad variety of physics research and how this research is carried out. Further information may be found on the course web page:

Credits: 1 Credit, may not be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Physics 207-208 or equivalent.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 1:20 - 2:10, 2241 Chamberlin.

Recommended Text: Invitation to Contemporary Physics, 2nd edition, Q. Ho-Kim, N. Kumar & C.S. Lam, World Scientific Press, 2004.

Coursework: Describe a particular piece of physics research being actively pursued this year. The paper is due for submission by a pdf file (MS-word is accepted but not preferred) that has your name and "301" in the file name using the following link by 5:00 PM CDT on May 2

The paper must be typed double spaced, use proper footnotes and have a total length of not less than 7 and not more than 10 pages. The primary resource for this paper is the Physics Dept. Library . The librarian, Kerry Kresse , will be able to assist you. Honors students must proceed under the direction of a faculty member of their own choice.

The topic selected with a one page outline must be submitted using the same link above by a pdf file (MS-word is accepted but not preferred) that has your name, the word "outline" and "301" in the file name by 5:00 PM CDT on April 4.

Office Hours: By appointment, 4275 Chamberlin, 262-4690. wsmith@hep.wisc.edu , http://www.hep.wisc.edu/wsmith/

Speaker   Title Date  
Clint Sprott Chaos January 17, 2017  
Matthew Herndon Discovery of Higgs Boson January 24, 2017  
Mark Eriksson Quantum Bits (Qubits) in Silicon Quantum Dots January 31, 2017  
Jennifer Thomas CHIPS : The neutrino detector with a few differences February 7, 2017  
Kimberly Palladino Direct Dark Matter Detection and LZ February 14, 2017  
Pupa Gilbert Biomineralization February 21, 2017  
Yang Bai Puzzles in Particle Physics February 28, 2017  
Justin Vandenbroucke Astrophysics with TeV particles March 7, 2017  
Susan Nossal Physics of Climate Change March 14, 2017  
Albrecht Karle Neutrino astronomy with IceCube March 28, 2017  
Mark Saffman Atomic physics and quantum information  April 4, 2017 (Outline Due)
Robert Joynt Superconductivity April 11, 2017  
Thad Walker Atomic and Nuclear Clocks April 18, 2017  
Maxim Vavilov Quantum Circuits April 25, 2017  
Dan McCammon X-ray Astronomy with sounding rockets May 2, 2017 (Paper Due)

(Get course poster here).