Radio Physics

Radio Physics is for everyone! You don't have to be a scientist or even an aficionado to be fascinated by the questions and answers that you'll hear between 4:30 and 5:00 on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Radio Physics is a new collaboration with top high school physics students from Aspen to Rifle, the Aspen Center for Physics, and KDNK Community Radio in Carbondale. Students interview one of the more than 1,000 physicists who visit the Aspen Center for Physics every year. You'll want to know the answer to the questions that they ask. Tune in!

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Jacob Bourjaily is a theoretical physicist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Jacob completed his PhD in 2011 at Princeton Unviersity after which he spent three years at Harvard University as a Junior Fellow. The primary focus of Jacob's research is quantum field theory: connecting theory to experiment. Here, he explains why predictions made using quantum theory are often surprisingly simple in form.

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Ibrahim Bah is Assistant Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University. His general research interest is in theoretical high-energy physics and cosmology exploring the relations between quantum field theories, string theory and gravity via the framework of holography. He’s also interested in fundamental aspects of black holes and their role in nature, all part of a larger research program in high-energy physics whose main goal is to understand a quantum theory of gravity.

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After postdoctoral work, Wolfgang Ketterle joined the physics faculty at MIT where he is now the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics. He does experimental research in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy and focuses currently on Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute atomic gases.

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Sayantani Ghosh is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced. Her research covers both traditional topics and emerging multi-disciplinary themes in condensed matter physics. In addition, Professor Ghosh is the Founding Faculty and Advisor of UC Merced Women in Science and Engineering.

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Pankaj Mehta is an Associate Professor at Boston University. His research focuses on theoretical and computational problems at the interface of theoretical physics, biology, and machine learning. Pankaj Mehta is also a long-time activist and writes regularly on science and politics.

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Professor Amir Yacoby teaches Physics at Harvard University. His current interests include understanding the behavior of low-dimensional systems and their applications to quantum information technology.

Paul Goldbart is Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Professor in the Department of Physics at University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses primarily on condensed matter. Paul also contributes to the fields of mesoscopic physics, quantum entanglement and chaos, atom-light crystallization in ultracold gases, nano-superconductivity, and a little law and economics.

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Aparna Baskaran, Associate Professor of Physics at Brandeis University, studies the dynamics of soft materials far from equilibrium. She is presently focused on understanding active materials such as self-propelled colloids and in vitro cytoskeletal filament systems, field and shear driven colloids and granular materials.

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Flip Tanedo is an assistant professor of theoretical physics at the University of California, Riverside where he is known for being covered in chalk dust after a long day’s work. His goal is to figure out what dark matter is and how it fits into our understanding of fundamental science. Flip grew up in Los Angeles and fell in love with physics after reading The Physics of Star Trek. This carried into degrees in mathematics and physics at Stanford, Cambridge, and Durham, a Ph.D at Cornell and a postdoc at UC Irvine.

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Dr. Katherine Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies cosmology and teaches at North Carolina State University. She speaks with Aspen High School's Maxine Mellin and Lander Greenway about dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings and the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

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Dr. Jim Halverson is an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University and applies his background in computation and math to study the interface between particle physics, string theory and cosmology. Interviewing him are Sharmila Day and Maxine Mellin.

Ajay Gopinathan joined UC Merced just as it opened and served as one of the founding members of the faculty, helping build undergraduate and graduate programs in Physics as well as interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus.

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On this month's edition of Radio Physics, we hear from Smitha Vishveshwara, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Smitha is bringing physics and the arts together with a focus on her two favorite subjects, the quantum world and the cosmos.

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On this month's edition of Radio Physics, we talk with Marta Łuksza, Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York. She's developed models to predict the evolution of influenza virus.

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Kevin Flaherty works for the Williams Astronomy and Physics departments as the observatory manager and astronomy lab instructor. In his research career, he has focused on the structure of gas and dust surrounding young stars, and how planets form out of this material. He is also interested in making astronomy a more inclusive environment and in bringing astronomy to others through outreach in the community.

Radio Physics is a collaboration with the Aspen Center for Physics, KDNK Radio, and advanced physics students at Roaring Fork Valley High School. This interview was recorded earlier in 2018 during the teen summer program.

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On this installment of Radio Physics, a conversation with Meg Urry, the Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. She arrived at Yale in 2001 as the first woman with a tenured position in the Yale Physics Department, and the only woman in the Department at that time. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, that is, galaxies with unusually luminous cores, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers. Radio Physics is a collaboration with the Aspen Center for Physics, KDNK Radio, and advanced physics students at Roaring Fork Valley High School. This interview was recorded earlier in 2018 during the teen summer program.

Fiona Burnell is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Minnesota where she researches condensed matter physics — that is, how materials behave at very low temperatures, in regimes where quantum mechanics plays an important role in determining their properties.  Her current focus is on using mathematics to understand new types of properties that materials could have, and helping to understand how to create new materials with these properties.

Lucy Colwell is a fellow and chemist at Clare College, Cambridge. She completed a BA in mathematics at Cambridge and PhD in applied mathematics at Harvard followed by membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

Chris Impey

Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and deputy head of the astronomy department at the University of Arizona. His research has been supported by $18 million in grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation, and he has had 24 projects given time on astronomy's premier research facility, the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sonia Paban

Sonia Paban is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the fundamental physics of the early universe, a period known as cosmic inflation. Sonia’s research seeks to understand how likely it was for the universe to enter this period of exponential expansion. She is also interested in which detailed particle physics mechanisms are both compatible with the observations and with String Theory.

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Professor Sean McWilliams says "As a kid I wanted to go to the stars and be an astronaut. As I got more sophisticated in my thinking, I wanted to understand what we were seeing when we look at stars." Sean is now an assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University.  His work focuses on gravitational-wave astronomy, where he contributes to several current and future observational missions.   

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Brian Batell teaches particle physics at the University of Pittsburgh. For today's episode of Radio Physics he explains dark matter and the Higgs boson.

Bela Bauer, Microsoft

Today's guest is Bela Bauer who works at Station Q, Microsoft's research center located on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. Bela works on the intersection of condensed matter theory and quantum information theory, developing quantum computers and studying time cyrstals.

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Professor Charles F. Stevens is a neurobiologist at the Salk Institute of La Jolla, California. Here he speaks about his work with face and scent recognition in humans and fruit flies and underlying principles of the brain and how it works.

Dr. Randy Hulet

Dr. Randy G. Hulet,  Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, discusses ultra-cold atoms and super conductivity as well as the value of fundamental physics.

Theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Boston University Dr. David Campbell specializes in nonlinear phenomena and condensed matter physics. He joined Matt Popish from Aspen High School and Will Kaufman from Glenwood Springs High School to talk about his work.

Dr. Sebastian Doniach

Dr. Sebastian Doniach is a British-American physicist and professor at Stanford University. For this month's show, he discusses advances in biophysics with local high school students William Kaufman and William Orben.

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Professor Sam Gralla is a theorist working at the interface between physics and astronomy.  He specializes in black holes and neutron stars, whose extreme density makes gravity and electromagnetism behave in strange ways and produce unique emissions, from radio to X-ray to gravitational waves. 

Washington Taylor

Washington Taylor is a professor of physics and director of M.I.T.'s Center for Theoretical Physics. His research takes a look at the fundamentals of theoretical physics related to quantum physics and gravity.

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Are there new fundamental particles beyond the known quarks, leptons and gauge bosons? Are these known particles indeed fundamental? Professor Yael Shadmi from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa discusses particle physics with Ricky Wojcik and Jane Marolt from Aspen High School.