Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, May 4, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

Entropy: Classical and Quantum

Marlan O. Scully

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Texas A&M University; and Princeton University

The entropy concept is both a useful engineering tool and a philosopher’s lodestone. Indeed Planck was led to the quantum of action by studying the entropy of thermal light and Einstein was led to the photon concept following Planck’s studies. A century later we are still fascinated by (quantum) thermodynamics; For example, the quantum heat engine [1] and the entropy of laser light [2,3] will be discussed.
[1] Scovil Schulz-DuBois, PRL, 1955: “The Maser as a Heat Engine”[2] M. Scully and W. Lamb, PRL, 1965: “The Quantum Theory of the Laser”[3] M. Scully, T.B.P.: “The Entropy of Laser Light”

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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 SPRING 2017

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January 26Daniel McCarronYale UniversityUltracold Polar Molecules: Production Methods and Scientific Applications
February 2Tariq RafiqLehigh UniversityRole of Plasma Science in Making a Sun on Earth
February 9Mehul MalikInstit for Quantum Optics and Quantum Info, ViennaHigh-Dimensional Quantum Photonics: Pushing the limits of Quantum Information Science
February 16Mayukh LahiriInstit for Quantum Optics and Quantum Info, ViennaImaging and Correlation Measurements with Undetected Photons
February 23Ariel SommerMITQuantum Simulation with Cold Atoms and Trapped Photons
March 2MJ PueschelUniv. of Wisconsin-MadisonTurbulence in Magnetized Plasmas: from Fusion Reactors to Astrophysics
March 7Jane PrattUniv of Exeter, UKMagnetic Reconnection in Fusion Plasmas
March 16Spring Break--
March 23Laura KaufmanColumbia Univ.
March 30Meenaskshi DuttRutgers Univ.
April 6Bradley PetersonOhio State Univ.Exploring the Inner Structure of Active Galactic Nuclei by Reverberation
April 13Mark Trodden Univ. of Penn.
April 20Giti KhodaparastVirginia Tech.Magneto-Optical and Ultrafast Optical Phenomena in Multi-functional Materials
April 27Ahijit MajumderWayne State Univ.Resolving the Quark Gluon Plasma with Higher Precision
May 4Marlan  ScullyTexas A&MEntropy: Classical and Quantum
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