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Faculty Lunch and Discussion

Faculty Lunch and Discussion Date Speaker Location April 12 Fernando Brandão, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Nai-Chang Yeh Online March 29 Meeting Postponed (due to APh visiting day) - now on April 12 Online March 8 Garnet Chan, Manuel Endres, Joseph Falson Online February 22, 2021 David Hsieh, Austin Minnich, Gil Refael Online February 8, 2021 Xie [...]

2021-03-29T10:35:37-07:00April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Faculty Lunch and Discussion

David Aasen receives Tombrello Award

Congratulations to Graduate Student David Aasen. He is the recipient of the Tombrello Award, sponsored by Dr. France Córdova. The award recipients were able to meet with Dr. Córdova during her December visit to Caltech. Additional recipients include: Michael Eastwood, the Neugebauer Award and Sarah Gossan the Garmire award. Graduate student recipients of awards sponsored [...]

2017-05-11T13:01:13-07:00December 12th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quantum Matter Animated!

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham What does it mean for something to be Quantum? I have to confess, I don't know. My Ph.D was in Robotics and Kinematics, so my neurons are deeply trained to think in terms of classical dynamics. I asked my siblings (two engineers and one architect) what comes to mind for them [...]

This Video Of Scientists Splitting An Electron Will Shock You

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham. Ok, this is where things get weird. If quantum computers, femtometer motions or laser alligators weren't enough, let's throw in fractionalized electrons, topological surfaces and strings that go to the end of time. To be honest, the idea that an electron can't be split hadn't even occurred to me before my conversation with Gil [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:37-08:00December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|3 Comments

A Quantum Adventure

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham How do you make something that has never existed before? I often get suggestions for comics I should draw, which I welcome because A) I like to think of PHD Comics as a global collaborative effort and B) after 17 years, I'm almost out of ideas. This particular suggestion came from Chen-Lung [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:47-08:00February 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|8 Comments

The Most Awesome Animation About Quantum Computers You Will Ever See

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham You might think the title is a little exaggerated, but if there's one thing I've learned from Theoretical Physicists so far, it's to be bold with my conjectures about reality. Welcome to the second installment of our series of animations about Quantum Information! After an auspicious start describing doing the impossible, this [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:51-08:00August 22nd, 2013|Real science, Reflections|40 Comments

This single-shot life

The night before defending my Masters thesis, I ran out of shampoo. I ran out late enough that I wouldn’t defend from beneath a mop like Jack Sparrow’s; but, belonging to the Luxuriant Flowing-Hair Club for Scientists (technically, if not officially), I’d have to visit Shopper’s Drug Mart. The author’s unofficially Luxuriant [...]