Physical Chemistry Rotation Talks

Date: 
June 10, 2013 -
1:45pm to 4:15pm
Speaker: 
Chemistry Graduate Students
Speaker's Institution: 
University of Oregon

(Im-)Proving Landauer's Principle

Date: 
May 22, 2013 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Speaker: 
David Reeb
Speaker's Institution: 
Technical University Munich

Landauer's Principle connects information processing and thermodynamics as it enforces a certain amount of heat dissipation during the logically irreversible erasure of information. We formulate in precise mathematical and microscopic terms the minimal setup for Landauer's Principle. Based on this, we give a proof of an improved version of the Principle, which is formulated in terms of an equality rather than inequality.

Physics Career Seminar

Date: 
May 20, 2013 -
3:45pm to 5:15pm

University of Oregon Physics Career Seminar. More information available soon.

Presentation Technologies for the Research Scientist

Date: 
April 8, 2013 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Brandy Todd
Speaker's Institution: 
University of Oregon

We will explore new technologies that researchers have available for improving scientific presentations.  Specific topics covered will include:

Using smart board technologies

Prezi zooming presentation software

Word clouds

Using High-Power, Pulsed Lasers to Generate Hot, Dense Environments

Date: 
March 1, 2013 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Speaker: 
Thomas Donnelley
Speaker's Institution: 
Harvey Mudd College

When they where first invented in 1960, someone quipped that "Lasers are a solution waiting for a problem."  That challenge has been met so effectively that today lasers are ubiquitous in everyday life, to say nothing of their presence in laboratories.  A series of scientific, engineering, and material-science breakthroughs have allowed lasers to become ever more powerful, and today laser pulses are produced which reach a peak power in excess of 1 PW (10^15 W).  I will discuss some of the basic ideas used to build these high-power lasers, and then will describe work that we have done using

Micro-devices and optics for applications in sensing, imaging and energy conversion

Date: 
February 18, 2013 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Stanley Pau
Speaker's Institution: 
College of Optical Sciences - University of Arizona

Chemistry Rotation Talks

Date: 
January 7, 2013 -
1:45pm to 4:15pm
Speaker: 
Chemistry Students
Speaker's Institution: 
UO Chemistry Department

Symmetric minimal quantum tomography by successive measurements

Date: 
October 15, 2012 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Amir Kalev
Speaker's Institution: 
Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

We will consider the implementation of a symmetric informationally complete probability-operator measurements (SIC POM) in the Hilbert space of a d-level system by a two-step measurement process: a diagonal-operator measurement with high-rank outcomes, followed by a rank-1 measurement in a basis chosen in accordance with the result of the first measurement.

Laser Alignment in Complex Media

Date: 
September 24, 2012 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Tamar Seideman
Speaker's Institution: 
Northwestern University

Nonadiabatic alignment is a coherent approach to control over the spatial properties of molecules, wherein a short, moderately-intense laser pulse is applied to populate a broad rotational wavepacket with fascinating properties. In the limit of small isolated molecules, nonadiabatic alignment has evolved in recent years into an active field of theoretical and experimental research with a rich variety of applications.

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