Physics Colloquia

The colloquia are given weekly by distinguished UChicago physicists and invited speakers. The presentation is aimed at all levels of physicists, from undergraduates to senior scientists.

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 PM CDT (current recordings posted Friday on the event's page)
Location: KPTC 106 
Small Reception: immediately following lecture

Colloquium Travel


Rooms for Department guests lodged at the Quadrangle Club are billed directly to the Department of Physics. (Government employees whose travel expenses must be paid by their agency may pay for their room and associated expenses using most credit cards or a personal check.) Reservations for colloquium speakers' accommodations have been made at the Quadrangle Club for each Wednesday and Thursday night throughout the academic year. Please report your lodging requirements to your faculty host as soon as possible and at least ten days before your colloquium. 

Travel Reimbursement

You will receive an email to submit all travel documents to Tiffany Kurns. Please upload all receipts as a PDF. If you have any questions about travel reimbursement, please contact Tiffany Kurns at

The UChicago Comptroller's Policies for Receipts

  • Transportation - Please send a copy of your receipt for your coach/economy air ticket. Coach airfare is the Comptroller's reimbursement standard. First or business class travel must be pre-approved by the PSD Dean's office.
  • Hotel - Physics colloquium speakers normally stay at the Quadrangle Club, and expenses are billed directly to the Department. Any speaker staying at another hotel may be reimbursed in accordance with the University's travel policy about lodging, which specifies receipt requirements and other details.
  • Other Expenses - Any travel expenses to/from UChicago including airfare, cab and travel meals are reimburseable. Any additional expenses must be discussed with Tiffany Kurns. Original charge card receipt or other receipt is required for any item $75 or more.
  • Lost Receipts - Should you misplace any of your original receipts, please indicate this on your travel log (or in your cover letter) and add a statement that you will not receive reimbursement from any other source.

Autumn 2023

October 5, 2023 -Hidden Order in Amorphous Material: From gravitational wave detectors to topological materials
Frances Hellman, University of California, Berkely

October 12, 2023 -Statistical Mechanics of Collective Behavior
Theirry Mora, CNRS

October 19, 2023 -Hunting for Heavy Dark Matter in 2020s
Luca Grandi, University of Chicago

October 26, 2023 -The Quantum world of massive mechanical objects
Yiwen Chu, ETH Zurich

November 2, 2023 - Orbital angular momentum of light and quantum particles
Charles Clark, University of Maryland

November 9, 2023 - Attoelectronvolt Spectroscopy in the Search for Teraelectronvolt New Physics: Thirty Orders of Magnitude in Leverage from Lepton Dipole Moment Experiments
Eric Cornell, University of Colorado

November 16, 2023 - Exploring Turbulence: A Personal Journey through Critical Behavior, Anomalous Scaling, and Data-Driven Approaches
Luca Biferale, University of Rome, Tor Vergata

Winter 2024

January 18, 2024 - No Strain, No Gain: Modifying Transport in 2D Materials by Engineering Strain
Nadya Mason, University of Chicago, PME(Dean)

February 8, 2024 - Heterogeneity and dimension in recurrent neuronal networks
Brent Doiron, University of Chicago, Grossman Center for Quantitative Biology & Human Behavior, Director

February 15, 2024 - A Century of Noether's Theorem
Chris Quigg, Fermilab

February 22, 2024 - Few-body physics near narrow two-body resonances
Lev Khaykovich, Bar-IIan Univeristy(Winstein Distinguished Visiting Fellow)

Spring 2024

March 21, 2024 - Building on the legacies of Fermi and Fano: Bizarre quantum states of a few particles
Chris Green, Purdue University( Zachariasen Memorial Lecture)

March 28, 2024 - Dark Matter snooker
Maxim Pospelov, University of Minnesota

April 4, 2024 - From genes to geometry: how biology uses physics to sculpt a visceral organ
Noah Mitchell, University of Chicago, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

April 11, 2024 - Electron Fractionalization under zero magnetic field
Kin Fai Mak, Cornell University

April 18, 2024 - Cosmic Rays and Cosmic Neutrinos in the 21st Century
James Beatty, Ohio State University(Winstein Distinguished Visiting Fellow)

April 25, 2024 - Nambu's Road to Quantum Chromodynamics and to Strings
Pierre Ramond, University of Florida

May 2, 2024 - Baryogenesis in the Early Universe
Marcela Carena, University of Chicago

May 9, 2024 - Faser and the Foward Physics Facility: New Eyes for the LHC
Jonathan L. Feng, University of California, Irvine

May 16, 2024 - Nuclear Archaelogy: New Insights into the First Reactor
Carl Willis, University of New Mexico

  • More Colloquia Videos are available here.
  • Archive of past colloquia (1993--2019) are available here