Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, November 15th, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

Gravity and Black Holes

Christopher Pope

Texas A&M
Beginning with a review of the basic principles of general relativity, which is Einstein's theory of gravitation, we go on to discuss the black holes that describe the endpoint of the gravitational collapse of sufficiently massive bodies. This purely classical picture changes when the effects of quantum mechanics are taken into account. By making semi-classical approximations, more than forty years ago Hawking discovered his celebrated result that black holes are not black, but instead they radiate with a characteristic temperature known as the Hawking temperature. We describe how this led to a puzzle
which persists to this day, known as the "information loss paradox." Resolving the puzzle requires reaching a proper understanding of quantum gravity. We outline some of the progress that has been achieved in this direction.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 3:45 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for FALL 2018

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August 30Rajarshi RoyUniv. of MarylandRandom Numbers from Light: Photons, Chaos and Entropy
September 6Markus LutyUC DavisMapping the Landscape of Quantum Field Theories
September 13Rosi ReedLehigh Univ.The STAR Event Plane Detector
September 20Lee BassettU PennThe Power of Imperfection: Embracing the Quantum Limit in Semiconductor Devices
September 27Ryan PensackBoise State Univ.Singlet Exciton Fission: Toward Molecular Packing Guidelines for Efficient Triplet Harvesting
October 4Steven GubserPrinceton Univ.Number Theory and Spacetime
October 11Robert AustinPrinceton Univ.The Physics of Cancer
October 18John ThomasN. Carolina StateScale Invariant Strongly Interacting Fermi Gases
October 25Oana JurchescuWake Forest U.Every Molecule Counts: From Single Crystals to Large Area Organic Flexible Electronics
November 1Feynman Symp.Lehigh UniversityFeynman Symposium Nov. 1st 
November 8Feynman Symp.Lehigh UniversityFeynman Symposium Nov. 8th
November 15Christopher PopeTexas A&MGravity and Black Holes
November 22No ColloquiumHappy Thanksgiving-
November 29Taviare HawkinsU. WisconsinThe Mechanics of Microtubules
December 6François NedelecEMBL HeidelbergActive Contraction or Expansion of Disordered Cytoskeletal Networks
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