University of Calgary

PHAS Colloquium Series Winter 2015

Submitted by gzannet on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:19am.
Jan 30 2015 - 4:00pm
Jan 30 2015 - 5:00pm
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Speaker: 
Dr. Thomas Moore, NASA
Location: 
Science B, Room 144

PHAS Colloquium Series Winter 2015

Submitted by gzannet on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:44am.
Jan 23 2015 - 4:00pm
Jan 23 2015 - 5:00pm
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Speaker: 
Dr. John Davis, University of Alberta
Location: 
Science B, Room 144

Nanomechanics: from the practical to the exotic

 

A remarkable number of physical problems, whether quantum or classical,  can be reduced to simple harmonic motion - the quintessential mass-on-a-spring.  Because of this, the mass-spring system is of great use to physicists as a tool for exploring complex systems in a straightforward manner.   I will show you how my lab uses nanomechanical resonators, from exotic searches for quantum excitations at low temperatures to practical applications like fingerprinting femtogram scale quantities of molecules.