Physics Colloquia 2018/2019



Nick Kaiser

Unveiling the Secrets of the Universe using its Large-Scale Structure
Date: 18/12/2018
Topic: Cosmology
Affiliation: École Normale Supérieure (FRA)

Itamar Procaccia

Catastrophic failure of amorphous solids
Date: 22/01/2019
Topic: Physics of Amorphous Solids
Affiliation: The Weizmann Institute of Science (ISR)

Cristiano Galbiati

The DarkSide Program of Direct Dark Matter Searches
Date: 12/03/2019
Topic: Dark Matter
Affiliation: Princeton University (USA) & Gran Sasso Science Institute (ITA)

Fabrizio Caola

Precision phenomenology at the LHC: from quantum field theory to new physics
Date: 09/04/2019
Topic: Collider physics
Affiliation: Oxford University (GBR)

Benoit Ladoux

Dynamics of epithelial cells during collective migration and cell extrusion
Date: 07/05/2019
Topic: Biophysics
Affiliation: Université Paris Diderot & CNRS (FRA)

Jorge Piekarewicz

Nuclear astrophysics in the new era of multimessenger astronomy
Date: 28/05/2019
Topic: Nuclear astrophysics
Affiliation: Florida State University (USA)


Physics Colloquia 2017/2018

Schedule: General Poster


Friedrich C. Simmel
Construction of synthetic biological systems using DNA and RNA

Date: 20/02/2018
Topic: Synthetic Biological Systems
Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter


Thomas Sunn-Pedersen

Fusion energy research: The W7-X stellarator experiment
Date: 06/03/2018
Topic: Plasma Physics
Affiliation: Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics


Jesse Thaler
Jet Substructure at the Frontiers of Particle Physics

Date: 27/03/2018
Topic: Big Data
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Paul J. Steinhardt
What happened 13.8 billion years ago?

Date: 10/04/2018
Topic: Astrophysics
Affiliation: Princeton University


Yifang Wang
The Future of High Energy Physics

Date: 08/05/2018
Topic: Neutrino Physics
Affiliation: Chinese Academy of Sciences


Massimo Altarelli
Science with X-ray Free-Electron Lasers

Date: 22/05/2018
Topic: X-Ray Free-Electron Laser
Affiliation: European XFEL GmbH



Physics Colloquia 2016-2017

Schedule: General Poster

Laura Cadonati
The discovery of gravitational waves in Advanced LIGO.
Date: 17/01/2017
Topic: Gravitational waves.
Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology (GA-USA)

Leonardo Testi
Science with ALMA: the cool side of the universe.
Date: 14/02/2017
Topic: Submm astrophysics in the ALMA era
Affiliation: ESO (DEU)

Gabriel Martinez Pinedo
Explosive nucleosynthesis of heavy elements: an astrophysical and nuclear physics challenge.
Date: 14/03/2017
Topic: Nuclear astrophysics
Affiliation: Technische Universität Darmstadt (DEU)

Björn Hof
Directed percolation transition to turbulence.
Date: 04/04/2017
Topic: Non-equilibrium dynamics in fluids
Affiliation: Institute of Science and Technology (AUT)

Fabio Zwirner
New horizons in particle physics after the Higgs boson discovery.
Date: 16/05/2017
Topic: After the Higgs boson discovery
Affiliation: Università degli Studi di Padova (ITA)

Sabrina Maniscalco
Quantum probes for complex systems.
Date: 30/05/2017
Topic: Quantum information probes
Affiliation: University of Turku (FIN)


Physics Colloquia 2015-2016

Schedule: General Poster

Andrew King
Supermassive Black Holes: Feeding and Feedback
Date: 01/12/2015
Topic: Accretion processes in supermassive black holes
Affiliation: University of Leicester (GBR)

Marek Kowalski
Deciphering the High Energy Astrophysical Neutrino Signal
Date: 19/01/2016
Topic: Astrophysics with neutrinos (ICECUBE)
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)

Giacomo Roati
Ultracold atoms as tunable interacting Fermi gases
Date: 02/02/2016
Topic: Ultracold Fermi Gases
Affiliation: INO-CNR and LENS, Sesto Fiorentino (FI-ITA)

Martin Freer
The nucleus in a nutshell
Date: 01/03/2016
Topic: Clustering nei light nuclei
Affiliation: University Birmingham (GBR)

Barbara Mazzolai
Learning by Nature how to build soft robots
Date: 29/03/2016
Topic: Biomimetics/robot plantoid and connection with nanotechnology
Affiliation: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova (ITA)

Fabio Zwirner
New horizons in particle physics after the Higgs boson discovery
Date: 31/05/2016
Topic: After the Higgs boson discovery
Affiliation: Università degli Studi di Padova (ITA)


Physics Colloquia 2014-2015

Schedule: General Poster

Rashid Sunyaev
The hot gas in clusters of galaxies, Cosmic Microwave Background and cosmology
Date: 20/01/2015
Topic: Astrophysics
Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (DEU)

Clemens Bechinger
Artificial swimmers as models for self-organization in biological systems
Date: 10/02/2015
Topic: Soft Matter
Affiliation: 2. Physikalisches Institut – Universität Stuttgart (DEU)

George Efstathiou
Inflation: why do we need it and did it happen?
Date: 17/03/2015
Topic: Theoretical Cosmology
Affiliation: Institute of Astronomy – University of Cambridge (GBR)

Markus Aspelmeyer
Schrödinger’s mirrors: confronting quantum physics with gravity
Date: 21/04/2015
Topic: Optomechanics, Quantum phenomena
Affiliation: Faculty of Physics – University of Vienna (AUT)

William F. McDonough
Geo-neutrinos and heat production in the Earth SLIDES
Date: 05/05/2015
Topic: Geo-neutrinos, Earth Composition and Structure
Affiliation: Geology Department – University of Maryland (MD-USA)

Michele Parrinello
Atomistic modeling of crystal nucleation and growth
Date: 19/05/2015
Topic: Molecular dynamics
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences – ETH Zurich (CH)


Physics Colloquia 2013-2014

Schedule: General Poster


Andrey Varlamov

Superconductivity: A century of Discoveries, Dreams and Delusions

Date: 04/02/2014
Topic: Superconductivity
Affiliation: SPIN-CNR, Italy

Thomas Aumann

Collective Excitations of Exotic, Neutron-rich Nuclei. Slides

Date: 25/02/2014
Topic: Nuclear Physics
Affiliation: TU Darmstadt, Germany

Rocky Kolb

The Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Slides

Date: 25/03/2014
Topic: Dark Matter
Affiliation: Univ. of Chicago, USA

Immanuel Bloch 

Controlling and Exploring Quantum Matter under Extreme Conditions

Date: 15/04/2014
Topic: Ultracold Atoms
Affiliation: Max Planck Inst. f. Quantenoptik, Muenchen, Germany

Jocelyn Bell-Burnell

Reflections on the Discovery of Pulsars

Date: 29/04/2014
Topic: Astrophysics
Affiliation: Univ. Oxford, UK

Ray Goldstein CANCELED
Evolution of Biological Complexity
Date: 20/05/2014
Topic: Biophysics
Cambridge, UK

Stefano Zapperi
Crackling noise
Date: 20/05/2014
Topic: Material properties
Affiliation: CNR-IENI, Milano, Italy


Physics Colloquia 2012-2013

Schedule: General Poster

Luigi Guzzo

Probing the mystery of cosmic acceleration with galaxy surveys

Date: 11/12/2012
Topic: The EUCLID space mission, Dark Energy
Affiliation: INAF

Marco Durante

Heavy ions in therapy and space

Date: 19/02/2013
Topic: Radiation Biophysics
Affiliation: Technische Universität Darmstadt

Carlo Beenakker

Random matrices and topological states of matter

Date: 05/03/2013
Topic: Theory of random matrices with applications to nanophysics
Affiliation: Leiden University

Seth Fraden

Chemical and Physical Morphogenesis in Active Emulsions

Date: 16/04/2013
Affiliation: Brandeis University

Fabiola Gianotti

The Higgs boson and other recent results from ATLAS SLIDES

Date: 06/05/2013
Topic: Higgs discovery
Affiliation: CERN

Klaus Blaum

Fundamental tests of nature with cooled and stored exotic ions

Date: 28/05/2013
Topic: Ion traps for the study of atomic nuclei and research in fundamental physics
Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics


Physics Colloquia 2011-2012

Session Poster

Roberto Battiston

Astroparticle physics from space and from ground: recent results and future trends

Date: 13th December 2011
Topic: Cosmic Ray
Affiliation: Università degli Studi di Perugia e INFN (ITA)

Antonio Pich

Determining the strength of the strong interactions

Date: 24th January 2012
Affiliation: Universitat de Valencia, Valencia (SPA)

Artur Ekert

Is there a perfect cipher? SLIDES

Date: 28th February 2012
Affiliation:University of Oxford, Oxford (GBR)

William A. Eaton

Toward observing transition paths in protein folding from single molecule photon trajectories

Date: 27th March 2012
Affiliation: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (MD-USA)

Piet Van Duppen

Exotic nucleiSLIDES

Date: 17th April 2012
Affiliation: Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Leuven (BEL)

Reinhard Genzel

Massive black holes and galaxies SLIDES

Date: 22th May 2012
Topic: Galactic Astrophysics
Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching (DEU)


Physics Colloquia 2010-2011

General Poster Session 2010/2011

Anton Zeilinger – Quantum information and the foundations of quantum mechanics

Date: 26th January 2011
Affiliation: Universiteit Wien, Wien (AUT)

Paolo Lipari – The nature of dark matter SLIDE

Date: 8th February 2011
Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Roma (ITA)

Alberto Diaspro – Beyond the diffraction limit of light

Date: 1st March 2011
Affiliation: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia e Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova (ITA)

Philip J. Armitage – Unveiling the diversity of extrasolar planetary systems

Date: 22nd March 2011
Affiliation: University of Colorado, Boulder (CO-USA)

Gian Francesco Giudice – The scientific motivations of the Large Hadron Collider

Date: 12th April 2011
Affiliation: CERN, Geneve (CHE)

Achim Richter – Playing billiards with microwaves: quantum manifestations of classical chaos SLIDES

Date: 17th May 2011
Affiliation: ECT, Trento (ITA)


Physics Colloquia 2009-2010

General Poster - Session 2009/2010

George Smoot – The cosmic microwave background: a path to precision cosmologyVIDEO

Date: 2nd December 2009
Topic: Cosmic Microwave Background
Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (USA)

Erio Tosatti – Metallic nanocontacts: the flow of electrons and of their spin

Date: 26th January 2010
Topic: Condensed Matter
Affiliation: Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste (ITA)

Serge Haroche – Exploring the quantum nature of light in a cavity SLIDES VIDEO

Date: 9th February 2010
Topic: Quantum Mechanics
Affiliation: College de France et Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (FRA)

Luis Alvarez-Gaume – Black hole: a landscape of theoretical physics problems VIDEO

Date: 23th March 2010
Topic: Super Strings
Affiliation: CERN, Geneve (CHE)

Peter Schurtenberger – Food seen through the eyes of a soft matter physicists VIDEO

Date: 20th April 2010
Topic: Food Physics
Affiliation: Université de Fribourg, Fribourg (CHE) 

Gerald Gabrielse – Probing fundamental symmetries with matter and antimatter particles and atoms VIDEO

Date: 18th May 2010
Topic: Antimatter
Affiliation: Harvard University, Cambridge (USA)