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Colloquia and Research Seminars

Departmental Colloquia are research talks pitched at the wider physics and astronomy audience (including final year undergraduates). During the eleven weeks of the semester there are three colloquia (nominally one astronomy based, one physics based and one PER based). The research seminars are aimed at postgraduate level and above (two seminars each week - one physics and one astronomy).

Arrangements for the Colloquia are split between the coordinators of the Physics Seminars (Dr Sang Soon Oh) and the Astronomy Seminars coordinators (Dr Felix Priestley). Please contribute to the seminar programme, instructions are available on the PHYSX Wiki.

Due to the Covid-19, all colloquia and semianrs takes place on zoom. Please find the zoom link below or in the seminar announcement email.
[Physics seminar zoom link] [Astro seminar zoom link]
[PER seminar registration]

The recordings of previous seminars are avaialabe in the following links. [Physics seminars] [Astro seminars] [PER seminars]
[Xiamen-Cardiff seminars]

Schedule from 09 January 2019      (Show earlier schedule)

DateTimeVenueSeriesDetails
Tuesday
12/01/2021
16:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarCatalytic MBE - new insights in the growth of semiconducting oxides
Patrick Vogt (Cornell University)
Wednesday
13/01/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarMechanics of membrane during clathrin-mediated endocytosis
Prof Rui Ma (Xiamen University)
Wednesday
20/01/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarPlasmonic nanocavities and molecules
Dr Angela Demetriadou (University of Birmingham)
Wednesday
27/01/2021
16:00ZoomPER SeminarAssessment: The silent killer of learning
Prof Eric Mazur (Harvard University)
Thursday
28/01/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarExploiting water isotopes for an inproved understanding of climate changes
Dr Martin Werner (AWI Bremerhaven)
Wednesday
03/02/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarMapping large scale structures at high energies: initial results from eROSITA on SRG
Miriam Ramos Ceja (Garching)
Wednesday
03/02/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarNanoscale magnetic resonance spectroscopy with quantum sensors
Dr Nabeel Aslam (Harvard University)
Wednesday
10/02/2021
10:00ZoomAstro SeminarA planet not our own
Elizabeth Tasker (JAXA)
Wednesday
10/02/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarThe physics of exceptional points
Prof Stefan Rotter (TU Wien)
Thursday
11/02/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarSignatures of the quantum vacuum
Prof. Dr. Stefan Buhmann (Universitat Kassel)
Wednesday
17/02/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarBarred galaxies in ΛCDM: Clues on the formation history and dark matter content of Milky Way-type galaxies
Francesca Fragkoudi (Garching)
Wednesday
17/02/2021
16:00ZoomPER SeminarActive Engagement Instruction: Reforming introductory physics at MIT
Prof. John Belcher (MIT)
Wednesday
24/02/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarGravitational-wave standard siren probes of cosmology
Jonathan Gair (MPG)
Wednesday
24/02/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarSimulating chalcogenides: From phase-change memory to quantum-dot solar cells
Dr Felix-Cosmin Mocanu (Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris)
Wednesday
03/03/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe build-up of the Milky Way's stellar halo
Azadeh Fattahi (Durham)
Wednesday
03/03/2021
15:00ZoomColloquiumWho gets to do science? - Equity in STEMM viewed through a funding lens
Prof Rachel Oliver (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday
10/03/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarPrimordial Black Holes: gravitational-wave signatures and possible contribution to the dark matter
Sebastien Clesse (Brussels)
Wednesday
10/03/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarEmerging photovoltaic cells for indoor and aerospace applications
Dr Wing Chung Tsoi (Swansea University)
Thursday
18/03/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe Cloud Factory: resolving star formation in its galactic context
Rowan Smith (Manchester)
Wednesday
24/03/2021
10:00ZoomAstro SeminarSimulations of systematic effects arising from cosmic rays in the LiteBIRD space telescope, and effects on the measurements of CMB B-modes
Samantha Stever (Okayama)
Wednesday
24/03/2021
15:00 in UKZoomPhysics SeminarIII-nitride based nanowire photodetectors
Dr Eva Monroy (Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, CEA-IRIG, PHELIQS)
Wednesday
21/04/2021
16:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe Galaxy Evolution Probe: A Concept for a Mid- to Far-Infrared Survey Observatory to Measure the Star Formation History, Growth of AGN, and Evolution of Galactic Interstellar Medium over Cosmic Time
Jason Glenn (NASA Goddard)
Wednesday
21/04/2021
17:00ZoomPER colloquiumTaking a Scientific Approach to Teaching Science (and most other subjects)
Prof. Carl Wieman (Stanford University)
Thursday
22/04/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarMetal-Induced Energy Transfer
Prof. Dr. Jörg Enderlein (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Wednesday
28/04/2021
16:00ZoomAstro SeminarGrowing Supermassive Black Holes in Galaxy Mergers
Vivian U (Irvine)
Wednesday
28/04/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarClassical dimers on quasicrystals
Dr Felix Flicker (Cardiff University)
Wednesday
05/05/2021
10:00ZoomAstro SeminarCosmic rays in star-forming galaxies: transport, feedback, and non-thermal messengers
Mark Krumholz (ANU)
Wednesday
05/05/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarControlling nonlinear dynamics of complex lasers
Prof Hui Cao (Yale University)
Tuesday
11/05/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarTopological effects in the interacting Fibonacci chain
Gautam Rai (USC Los Angeles working with Prof. S. Haas)
Wednesday
12/05/2021
10:00ZoomAstro SeminarCosmic rays in star-forming galaxies: transport, feedback, and non-thermal messengers
Mark Krumholz (ANU)
Wednesday
12/05/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarCompound semiconductor quantum dots: the solution of silicon-based laser for silicon photonics
Prof Huiyun Liu (University College London)
Wednesday
19/05/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarSolar System formation in the context of Extra-Solar Planets
Sean Raymond (Bordeaux)
Wednesday
19/05/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarTime Reversal Symmetry Breaking in Unconventional Superconductors
Dr Ravi Prakash Singh (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal)
Thursday
20/05/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarModern Device Concepts based on novel aspects in the MBE of classic wide gap II/VI semiconductors
Alexander Pawlis (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
Wednesday
26/05/2021
16:00ZoomPER SeminarAttributes of the 21st Century STEM educator, and pathways to institutional support
Prof Simon Bates (University of British Columbia)
Thursday
27/05/2021
13:00ZoomAstro SeminarWhat's the universe made of? A strong gravitational lensing perspective
Tommaso Treu (UCLA)
Wednesday
02/06/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarDusty, normal galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization
Andrea Ferrara (Pisa)
Wednesday
02/06/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarOvercoming the macroscopic 'Heisenberg limit' in topological photonics
Prof Kosmas Tsakmakides (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Thursday
03/06/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarThe History and Interpretation of Penrose's Singularity Theorem
Prof Dr Dennis Lehmkuhl (University of Bonn)
Wednesday
09/06/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarDeep Learning for Quantum Technologies
Prof Florian Marquardt (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Wednesday
16/06/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarExploring exotic transients in modern surveys
Charlotte Angus (Copenhagen)
Thursday
17/06/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarHuman driven changes in atomospheric deposition of nutrients to the ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Maria Kanakidou (University of Crete)
Tuesday
22/06/2021
14:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarOxide formation at Pt-Sn model catalyst surfaces
Prof. Lindsay Richard Merte (Univesity of Malmö, Sweden)
Tuesday
13/07/2021
14:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarCathodoluminescence imaging of non-radiative point defects buried in InGaN/GaN quantum wells
Thomas Weatherley (EPFL)
Wednesday
06/10/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarProbing and manipulating two-dimensional semiconductors
Amalia Patane (University of Nottingham)
Wednesday
13/10/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarIrradiated brown dwarfs: Providing insights into exoplanet atmospheres
Sarah Casewell (Leicester)
Wednesday
13/10/2021
15:00N/3.23 and ZoomPhysics SeminarMuon probes of charge carrier kinetics in semiconductors
Koji Yokoyama (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source)
Wednesday
20/10/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe Origins Space Telescope and its Heterodyne Array Receiver
Martina Wiedner (Paris)
Wednesday
20/10/2021
16:00ZoomColloquiumSEISMIC: Equity and Inclusion as Design Goals for STEM Education Reform
Tim McKay (University of Michigan)
Friday
22/10/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarColloidal Quantum Dots: 0D Materials for Next-Generation Photovoltaics
Bo Hou (Cardiff University)
Wednesday
27/10/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarCharacterising the dense molecular gas in galaxies
Serena Viti (Leiden)
Wednesday
27/10/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarMulti-bandgap semiconductor research for high performance electronics
David Moran (University of Glasgow)
Friday
29/10/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarCan supernovae be important source of dust in the interstellar medium of galaxies?
Mikako Matsuura (Cardiff University)
Wednesday
03/11/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarUnderstanding why Venus is so different to Earth
Richard Ghail (Royal Holloway)
Wednesday
03/11/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarAdvanced x-ray characterization of novel topological spin textures
Peter Fischer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Thursday
04/11/2021
15:00 in UKZoomBremen-Cardiff Physics SeminarPLATO - Searching for Habitable Planets
Carsten Reese (OHB, Bremen)
Friday
05/11/2021
9:30 in UKZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarBlack Hole Binary Census in the Milky Way Galaxy
Jianfeng Wu (Xiamen University)
Wednesday
10/11/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe Formation of the First Quasars in the Universe
Daniel Whalen (Portsmouth)
Wednesday
10/11/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarNon-Hermitian physics: Exceptional points, symmetry and breakdown of the bulk-boundary correspondence
Flore Kunst (Max Plank Erlangen)
Friday
12/11/2021
9:30 in UKZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarDimer models on quasicrystals
Felix Flicker (Cardiff University)
Wednesday
17/11/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarGas flows and metal enrichment in and around Milky Way-mass galaxies
Freeke van de Voort (Cardiff)
Wednesday
17/11/2021
16:00ZoomPER SeminarA robust theory of physical intuition: from instructional design to tracking learning
Andy diSessa (University of California, Berkeley)
Friday
19/11/2021
9:30 in UKZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarListening to the universe with gravitational waves
Mark Hannam (Cardiff University)
Wednesday
24/11/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarBright galaxies in the first billion years
Rebecca Bowler (Oxford)
Wednesday
24/11/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarCoherent optics with spins in semiconductor nanostructures
Ilya Akimov (TU Dortmund)
Friday
26/11/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarHow big are quasars?
Mouyuan Sun (Xiamen University)
Wednesday
01/12/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarStellar Clusters as the Nurseries of Black Holes
Sebastian Kamann (LJMU)
Wednesday
01/12/2021
15:00N/3.28 and ZoomPhysics SeminarGrowth of Self-Assembled Quantum Dots for Quantum and Photonic Applications
Ian Farrer (University of Sheffield)
Friday
03/12/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarChern number matrix of Non-Abelian two-component fractional quantum Hall effect
Tiansheng Zeng (Xiamen University)
Wednesday
08/12/2021
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarExploring nematic electronic phases of superconducting FeSe1-xSx
Amalia Coldea (University of Oxford)
Friday
10/12/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarStrongly correlated electronic properties of 3d transition metal oxides investigated by synchrotron-based x-ray
Meng Wu (Xiamen University)
Wednesday
15/12/2021
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarRelativistic flow on the largest scales: jets in radio galaxies
Robert Laing (SKAO)
Wednesday
15/12/2021
16:00 in UKZoomPER SeminarVirtually better than the real thing: remote experiments for practical skills development
Nick Braithwaite (Open University)
Friday
17/12/2021
9:30ZoomXiamen-Cardiff SeminarLarge scale structure simulations and cosmic angular momenta
Haoran Yu (Xiamen University)
Thursday
13/01/2022
15:00ZoomBremen-Cardiff SeminarMetasurfaces in Precision Experiments – Developments and Perspectives
Stefanie Kroker (LENA und Institut für Halbleitertechnik, TU Braunschweig; und PTB)
Wednesday
19/01/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarLow dimensional and topological states in the presence of disorder
Tom Lancaster (Durham University)
Wednesday
02/02/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarOur protoplanetary disk: A meteorite perspective on the solar nebula
Rhian Jones (Manchester)
Wednesday
02/02/2022
11:00ZoomPhysics SeminarHexagonal boron nitride for integrated quantum photonics
Sejeong Kim (University of Melbourne)
Thursday
03/02/2022
15:00ZoomBremen-Cardiff SeminarA Christmas present for astronomers: the new view into the infrared universe with the James Webb Space Telescope
Silvia Scheithauer (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg war federführend am Bau von Instrumenten beteiligt)
Thursday
10/02/2022
16:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe Nearby Evolved Stars Survey: description and initial results
Sundar Srinivasan (UNAM)
Wednesday
16/02/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarMolecular gas in the proto-cluster and Circum-galactic media in the early universe
Matt Lehnert (Lyon)
Wednesday
23/02/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThere’s no place like home: Placing Earth in its astronomical and geological contexts
Raphaelle Haywood (Exeter)
Tuesday
01/03/2022
15:00N/3.23Physics SeminarA contemporary view on topological band theory and new Euler class phenomena
Robert-Jan Slager (Cambridge University)
Wednesday
02/03/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarRevealing the hidden lives of Supermassive Black Holes and their host galaxies
Johannes Buchner (MPE)
Wednesday
09/03/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarExtreme physics in radio-loud AGN: jets, shocks, flickering and the highest energy particles in nature
James Matthews (Cambridge)
Wednesday
09/03/2022
15:00N/4.07ColloquiumThe physics of strong correlations: an enduring puzzle
Chris Hooley (University of St. Andrews)
Wednesday
16/03/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarThe role of the domain expert in the era of big data
Emille Ishida (Clermont)
Wednesday
16/03/2022
13:00Zoom and N/1.32Physics SeminarPhotonic quantum computational advantage
Chao-Yang Lu (University of Science and Technology of China)
Wednesday
23/03/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarPlanetary populations as a reflection of planet formation processes
Ralph Pudritz (McMaster)
Wednesday
23/03/2022
15:00N/3.28Physics SeminarPiezoelectric platforms for microwave to optical signal transduction: RF-MEMS meets integrated photonics
Krishna Balram (University of Bristol)
Wednesday
30/03/2022
15:00N/3.28Physics SeminarOptical control of colour centres in hexagonal boron nitride
Isaac Luxmoore (University of Exeter)
Wednesday
27/04/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarA nearby galaxy perspective on interstellar dust properties and their evolution
Frédéric Galliano (Paris)
Wednesday
27/04/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarNanostructured Materials for Optoelectronic Applications and Quantum Technologies
Johann Peter Reithmaier (Universität Kassel)
Wednesday
04/05/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarMKIDs: The ultimate detector for optical/IR astronomy?
Kieran O'Brien (Durham)
Wednesday
11/05/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarCoexistence of localization and transport in many-body two-dimensional Aubry-André models
Claudio Castelnovo (University of Cambridge)
Wednesday
18/05/2022
14:00ZoomAstro Seminar21cm Intensity Mapping: opportunities and challenges on the road to the SKA Observatory
Marta Spinelli (Zurich)
Wednesday
25/05/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarOur Galaxy’s Center: a Window into the High-Redshift Universe
Cara Battersby (Connecticut)
Wednesday
25/05/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarThe marriage of bandstructure modes and experimental observables in photonic materials
Matthias Saba (University of Fribourg)
Wednesday
01/06/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarTowards Solving the Catalogue Cross-Match Problem
Thomas Wilson (Exeter)
Wednesday
01/06/2022
15:00N/3.28Physics SeminarThermodynamic stability of quasicrystals: From fluid dynamics to soft condensed matter
Ron Lifshitz (Tel Aviv University and University of Liverpool)
Wednesday
08/06/2022
14:00ZoomAstro SeminarEvolutionary population synthesis models
Claudia Maraston (Portsmouth)
Wednesday
08/06/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarSelective area epitaxy of nanowires and networks: GaAs, Zn3P2 and Ge
Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (EPFL)
Wednesday
15/06/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarSelective area epitaxy for electronic and photonic device integration on Si
Heinz Schmidt (IBM Research Europe)
Monday
18/07/2022
15:00ZoomPhysics SeminarMicro-lasers and high-speed photodetectors by lateral III-V growth on patterned SOI using MOCVD
Kei May Lau (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST))