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CSULB Colloquium- Oct 23

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
California State University Long Beach
Monday, October 23, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
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Majorana Materializes
Prof. Jason Alicea
California Institute of Technology

In 1937 Ettore Majorana introduced the concept of what are now fittingly called Majorana fermions – fermionic particles that are their own antiparticles. Nowadays an active search for condensed-matter analogues of these elusive objects is well underway, motivated by both the prospect of revealing new facets of quantum mechanics and longer-term quantum computing applications. This talk will survey recent advances in this pursuit. In particular, I will describe strategies for “engineering” Majorana platforms from simple building blocks, preliminary experimental successes, and future milestones that reveal foundational aspects of Majorana physics directly relevant for quantum computation.

Lunch reservations for Fall Meeting

If you would like to reserve a box lunch for the November 4 meeting, please complete the online form by October 30. Lunches will be a burrito from Rubios, plus drinks.

(The complete meeting schedule will be posted soon!)

Exploring Your Universe at UCLA

Exploring Your Universe is UCLA’s annual science festival, educating and inspiring over 7,000 visitors each year! Launch bottle rockets, make comets, do chemistry and physics experiments, touch brains, see fossils, and much more! Exploring Your Universe will also offer planetarium shows, science talks, and telescope viewings! is free and appropriate for all ages!
SUNDAY, November 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Night-time activities until 8:00 p.m.
UCLA Court of Sciences
Please join us for this family-friendly day of science exploration at UCLA. Visit the event website for a full schedule and directions. Admission is free. All ages are welcome.

Parking is available for $12 in Lot 2 and Lot 8.

CSULB Colloquium- Oct 16

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
California State University Long Beach

Monday, October 16, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223

(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
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Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Graphene:  Hydrogen Desorption and Nitrogen Doping
Prof. Li Gao
California State University, Northridge

Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can provide atomic-scale insights into the properties of materials. Functionalization of graphene with adsorbates or dopants is important toward its practical applications. In this talk, I will discuss our recent STM studies of hydrogen-passivated graphene and nitrogen-doped graphene. First, we investigated electron-stimulated desorption of hydrogen from the graphene/SiC(0001) surface at room temperature. Two different desorption processes were observed. We also found that the curvature of graphene dramatically affects hydrogen desorption. Second, we investigated the synthesis of nitrogen doped graphene on metals from a nitrogen-containing sole precursor azafullerene. Three different metal surfaces have been used, including Ru(0001), Cu(111), and Ir(111). Our results indicate that azafullerene is an effective sole precursor for the controlled synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene, and the growth substrate strongly influences the synthesis process and doping properties.

Deadline for Fall Meeting Submissions is Oct. 13

Please consider submitting an abstract for a presentation or Show & Tell at our upcoming meeting (November 4 at Saddleback College). You need to complete the online submission form by October 13, for your presentation to be considered.

CSULB Colloquium- Oct 9

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM

California State University Long Beach

Monday, October 9, 2017
11:15 am in PH1-223

(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCl-224)
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Career Opportunities in Physics Without a Doctorate

John Milligan
Logical Approach Engineering

The world of physics opens the doors to many, if not all, technical fields. All technical fields rely heavily on problem solving skills. Regardless of the field or problem to be solved, as I peel back the layers of the onion, I find physics at the core. According to the American Institute of Physics, new physics bachelors entering the workforce enjoy some of the highest paid starting salaries. Moreover, those entering the private sector STEM fields enjoy a high level of satisfaction. Yet, only 1-in-5 physics graduates enter the private workforce upon receiving their bachelors. We will examine the applicability of physics in the technical private sector and demonstrate that transitioning from the halls of HSCI to exo-academia is an easy and rewarding experience.

CSULB Colloquium- Oct 2

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM

California State University, Long Beach
Monday, October 2, 2017 11:15am in PH1-223
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCI-224)

Topological Order in Condensed Matter Physics
Prof. Michael R. Peterson
California State University Long Beach

In Landau’s theory of phase transitions, different phases of matter are understood and classified in terms of symmetry that can be locally probed. Since the early 1980’s new of phases of matter called topological phases have been discovered with the integer and fractional quantum Hall effects serving as the paradigmatic examples. Much of theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics has dedicated itself to the full understanding and classification of these newly discovered topological phases—the 2016 Physics Nobel prize in physics was awarded for “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter” to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz. As the name would suggest, topological phases are gapped phases that possess topological, or global, order that cannot be classified by a local symmetry. Additionally, they are characterized by particle fractionalization (so-called anyons with fractionally charged quasi-particle excitations and fractional braiding statistics) and particular ground state degeneracies. Fascinatingly, a special kind of anyon called a non-abelian anyon has potential applications in the construction of a fault-tolerant (topological) quantum computer. I will discuss the reality of so-called intrinsic topological phases in the fractional quantum Hall effect and frustrated spin systems where the strongly interacting constituents produce emergent topologically ordered phases.

“Physics Library” Open House – Oct 7

There will be an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday October 7 of the SCAAPT Physics Library.  The library is a collection of books, videos, and laboratory and demonstration equipment that is freely available to teachers of Southern California to borrow from.  Normally, the library is open by appointment with the librarian (James Lincoln), please let James know if you would like to stop in at another date.

The open house will be from 9am to 2pm and takes place at the library location:
The Physics Library
43 Hartford Drive
Newport Beach, CA
92660

We are always seeking donations of equipment, books, and journals.  This library’s initial operations have been supported by a grant from the Brown Foundation who also funds the SCAAPT New Physics Teacher Workshops.  SCAAPT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and monetary donations are tax-deductible if you would like to support this effort as we try to grow and continue the collection into the future.  Please let James know if you have equipment to donate or have other questions.

At the open house there will also be a kids table of science toys and books (if you have kids) and some light refreshments.  This is an open house so you don’t have to RSVP, simply drop in.  If you would like to let James know you are coming you can email him or make an appointment by phone which is typical of library patrons.

Call for Fall Meeting Submissions

SCAAPT is pleased to announce that the Fall Meeting will take place November 4 at Saddleback College.

Details about the meeting will be announced soon, but first we need your help to complete the schedule.  Please consider giving a presentation at the meeting.  These member-contributed presentations are what make the meeting useful. You can share an activity that you have done with your students, show off a demonstration (old or new!), describe a research study that you did on student learning, etc.  Anything that enhances teachers’ understanding of physics or physics teaching is welcomed.

Submissions can be made via the online submission form.

2018 Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics

A Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP) will be held January 12 – 14, 2018 at Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona College, and Harvey Mudd.  See http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm and http://cuwipsocal2018.org for more information.

Please encourage your female undergraduate students to apply by the October 13th deadline. The local hosts are extending a special invitation to community college students.