Invited Speakers

Quantum Materials

Peter Armitage
Johns Hopkins University
“Low energy electrodynamics of quantum materials”

Dmitri Basov 
Columbia University
“Quantum materials: insights from near field nano-optics”

Christian Bernhard
Fribourg University, Switzerland
THz- and infrared ellipsometry studies of plasmonic modes in complex oxide heterostructures

Girsh Blumberg ​ 
Rutgers University
“Collective phenomena in correlated electron systems: superconductivity and density waves”

Premala Chandra
Rutgers University
"New Perspectives on Quantum Phase Transitions from Ferroelectrics"

Sang Wook Cheong 
Rutgers University
“Topological vortices, anti-vortices and pseudo-vortices in multiferroics”

Tomasz Durakiewicz
National Science Foundation
Update on CMP and Quantum Materials at NSF

Alexander Efros
“Electronic and Optical Properties of Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals”

Marivi Fernandez-Serra
Stony Brook University
Understanding liquid water from first principles: a tale of two liquids

Nuh Gedik
Direct optical detection of Weyl fermion chirality in a topological semimetal

Kristjan Haule
Rutgers University
Structural Predictions and Dynamic Stability of Correlated Electron Materials using Embedded Dynamical Mean Field Theory Functional Approach

Christopher Homes
Brookhaven National Laboratory
"Optical signatures of multiple bands and energy gaps in the iron-based superconductors"

Valery Kiryukhin ​ 
Rutgers University
“Neutron and X-ray scattering studies of transition-metal compounds with large spin-orbit coupling”

Yi Li
Johns Hopkins
"haracterization of monopole harmonic superconductivity in doped magnetic Weyl semimetals".

Elizabeth Nowadnik
Domain walls in hybrid improper ferroelectric Ca3Ti2O7

Aron Pinczuk
Columbia University
Artificial Semiconductor Structures to Model Novel Quantum Effects

Mikhail Portnoi
Exeter University, UK
"Zero-energy vortices in two-dimensional Dirac semimetals"

Boris Shklovski

University of Minnesota
"Anomalous kinetic and thermodynamic properties of electron accumulation layers in SrTiO3"

Oleg Tchernyshyov 
Johns Hopkins University
“Dynamics of magnetic solitons”

John Tranquada
Brookhaven National Laboratory
What stripes tell us about superconductivity in the cuprates?

David Vanderbilt
Rutgers University
Quantum anomalous Hall and antiferroelectric topological insulators

Igor Zaliznyak,
Brookhaven National Laboratory    
Temperature dependence of dynamical magnetism in the iron chalcogenide superconductors: neutron scattering evidence for orbital selective Mottness

G. L. Carr
NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory
“Infrared and THz radiation from relativistic electron beams and applications in condensed matter physics”

William D. Ratcliff
“Magnetic structures and dynamics of multiferroic systems obtained with neutron scattering”

Weilu Zhang
Rutgers University
Raman spectroscopy of the iron-based superconductors

Optics and Atomic Physics

Daniel Bubb
Rutgers Camden
Single nanoparticle spectroscopy of alloyed nanoparticles: electron-phonon coupling and thermal transport

David G. Grier
Department of Physics and Center for Soft Matter Research, New York University
Practical Tractor Beams and Related Photokinetic Phenomena

Bart Kahr
NYU, Chemistry Department  
"On the Quantification of Chirality and the Polarimetry of Nanofabricated Geometric Thin Films"

Daniel M. Mittleman
Brown University
"Laser terahertz emission microscopy with nanometer resolution"

David Weiss
Penn State University
"Single qubit gates for neutral atom quantum computers"

Chemical and Renewable Energy Physics

Peter Khalifah
Stony Brook U and BNL
Probing and controlling carrier concentration in complex semiconductor powders for solar water splitting – optical and structural studies

Mark Hybertsen
CFN, Brookhaven National Lab
"Aqueous Semiconductor Interface Structure and Electrochemical Energy Level Alignment"

Dan Steingart
Princeton University
Novel batteries

Bruce E. Koel
Princeton University
Ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy studies of photoelectrocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction”

Anatoly Frenkel
Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Stony Brook University and Division of Chemistry, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Dynamic Structural Disorder in Supported Metal Nanoparticles: A Blessing or a Curse?

James Carroll
Radioisotopes And Nuclear Isomers: Reaching Beyond
Chemical Energy Storage For Energy And Power Applications
US Army Rsch Lab - Adelphi

Astrophysics and Space Physics

Eugenio Bianchi
Penn State
"Entanglement in quantum gravity"

Amitava Bhattacharjee
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Eric Blackman
U. of Rochester
Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae:  a context for the physics of binary star interactions, magnetic fields, and jets"

Chris Crabtree
NRL Navy  
Bayesian Analysis of Whistler Mode Waves in the Radiation Belts

Andy Gerrard
“Solar Wind ULF Waves as a Driver of Ionospheric Plasma Heating: Observations from the Deep Polar Cap of Antarctica”​

Gurudas Ganguli
US. Naval Research Laboratory
Understanding Space Plasmas Through Laboratory Experiments

David Kipping
Columbia University
The Hunt for Exomoons

Maria Kazachenko
UC Berkeley
Electric Fields on the Sun: How Can We Determine Them and Why Should We Care?

Louis Lanzerotti
Space weather and consequences for technical systems

Juan Maldacena
Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ
"Black holes and quantum chaos

Rosalba Perna
Stony Brook U.
Mergers of Compact Objects in the Gravitational Wave Era”

Sarah Shandera
Penn State U.
"A cosmological open quantum system"

Bangalore Sathyaprakash
Penn State U.
Dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy: recent results from LIGO and Virgo

Neelma Sehgal
Stony Brook University
Measuring Gravitational Lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background to Probe the Mass of the Neutrinos and the Properties of Dark Matter1

David Spergel
Princeton University & Center for Computational Astrophysics
"Taking the Universe’s Baby Picture"

Anatoly Spitkovsky
Princeton University
The physics of pulsar magnetospheres"

Mary Lou West
Montclair State University

Gelu Nita
GX Simulator: A highly interactive 3D modeling tool for studying solar flares and active regions

Dale Gary
Microwave Imaging Spectroscopy of the Sun with the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array


Jean Baum
Rutgers U.

Dmitri Chklovskii
Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation and NYU Medical Center
How the brain escapes the curse of dimensionality

Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith
Lehigh University

Steve Harvey
University of Pennsylvania
“DNA is an Active, Force-Generating Element in a Viral Molecular Motor”

Yong-Ick Kim
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Magnesium regulates the circadian oscillator in cyanobacteria

Luca Larini
Rutgers Camden
Tau oligomerization and Alzheimer’s disease

Themis Lazaridis
CUNY (The City College of New York)

Sharon Loverde
City University of New York
Asymmetric Breathing Motions of Nucleosomal DNA and the Role of Histone Tails

Jeetain Mittal
Lehigh University

Stefano Piana-Agostinetti

James Phillips
Dept. Physics Rutgers
Thermodynamic Scaling and Protein Dynamics

Joshua Shaevitz
Princeton University
Self-driven phase transitions in living matter

Gleb Shtengel
Janelia HHMI
Correlative cryo-fluorescent and electron microscopy for biological applications

Brigita Urbanc
Drexel University
Insights into Cross-Linked Amyloid-β Protein Oligomer Formation and Its Role in Alzheimer's Disease

Josh Wand
University of Pennsylvania
Entropy in protein biophysics

Careers in Physics

Ruud Tromp
IBM Watson Research Center
So you have a degree in Physics. Now what?

Educational Research

Eugenia Etkina
Director of the physics teacher preparation program at Rutgers U.
How to Inspire teachers to improve”  

Diane Jammula
Rutgers, Newark
Benefits of diversity - how to make physics accessible to all”  

Angela M. Kelly
Stony Brook, NY
"Cultural and Institutional Challenges in Improving Undergraduate Physics Instruction

Carolyn Sealfon,
University of Toronto
Improv Improves Learning, Part I

Nancy Watt
Nancy Watt Communications
Improv Improves Learning, Part II