Talk: Big physics and big computers – Prof. Kieran Holland


  • When: Thursday, Oct. 27
  • When: 4pm
  • Where: Olson 120
  • Who: Prof. Kieran Holland
  • Title: “Big physics and big computers”

For this week’s talk, we have a real treat: our own Prof. Kieran Holland, an expert at making supercomputers solve his knarly quantum field theory equations so he can better understand the Higgs particle. Come here this exciting talk on his research. (AND:  cookies before the talk!)

Here’s the abstract:

The goal of particle physics is to understand the interactions of fundamental objects at the smallest distances we can experimentally probe, and to ultimately answer the question, could the universe have been different. The newest experiment is the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, where the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012. My research is on using computer simulations to test if a particular model explains why the Higgs boson exists, as well as predicting new particles which the experiment should discover if the model is right. My talk will be at a general undergraduate level.

Talk: Doubleheader today–Tabletop Photons and Oddly Shaped Drums

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 15
  • When: 3pm
  • Where: Olson 120
  • Who: Brian Farr (’17) and Robert Ashby (’18)
  • Title: “Playing with photons on the tabletop / Hearing the shape of a drum”

Two of our students (sophomore Robert Ashby and junior Brian Farr) are beginning their research projects. Come learn about what they have been doing and their ambitious plans with their projects.

Monthly Physics Social – Tuesday Oct 6 @ 3pm

Hey Everyone!

Tuesday, Oct. 6, is the monthly Physics Social, where Physics and Engineering-Physics majors and minors get together with faculty and eat homemade treats, talk about news and issues, and hope to win the raffle prize.

Physics Dept. T-Shirt
The retiring Physics Department T-Shirt. The new winning design could be yours!!

On Tuesday’s agenda:

  • Time for the New Physics Department T-Shirt Design Contest !!!

Learn the details and get your Picasso on.
The winner will receive a cool prize, the admiration of your besties, and divine mathematical inspiration while taking the GRE.
Ok. Well, the first two for sure.

  • Notebooks are here.


Last time we took orders for gorgeous Moleskin notebooks so you can keep all your project plans, back-of-the-envelope calculations, geek poetry, and time machine designs in one place. Get used to carrying it with you and writing notes to your future self.

  • Talks

Learn about the upcoming weekly talks for majors. Recent talks have included talks on 3D Printing and Arduinos by Chris Vincent (Physics 2014) and on Getting a job with the UN Office of Space Affairs (Therese Jones).

  • Drone Video of F=ma

If enough people show up, we will walk to the DUC lawn and make our drone video of the human F=ma

See you at  3:00pm Tuesday Oct. 6, in Olson 105.