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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Public Lecture Series

Next Event in the Public Lecture Series:

Friday, November 2, 2018
7:00 pm
W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall
Darla Moore School of Business, Room #101
1014 Greene Street


Dr. Arthur Hebard
Distinguished Professor of Physics
Member of the National Academy of Sciences
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

"Ah Ha Moments with Physics:  From Free Quarks to Buckyballs to Toplogical Phase Transitions"


The indelible "ah ha" moments of many scientific careers center on memorable events and/or realizations that are accompanied by seemingly significant inspiration and insight along with acute recognition and apparent comprehension beyond expectations.

This talk by a condensed matter experimental physicist coming from an industrial (AT&T Bell Laboratories) and academic (Stanford University, University of Florida) background illustrates "ah ha" moments deriving from an abiding interest in the phenomenology of superconductivity.  The focus title topics, all of which involve superconductivity, will include a discussion of an experiment to search for free particles called quarks that carry fractional electrical charge, a description of the discovery of high transition temperature superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped carbon sixty molecules (buckyballs) and an overview of how topological excitations (a.k.a. quantum vortices) give rise to phase transitions and dissipation in thin film superconductors.  The quantum mechanical nature of superconductivity in relation to preconceived notions of perpetual motion will be addressed.

This lecture is sponsored by the SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics and part of the larger Richard A. Webb Condensed Matter Symposium Series.


Arthur Hebard Public Lecture Announcement


Arthur Hebard's Website (UF Department of Physics)
Arthur Hebard's Website (UF College of Liberal Studies)

This lecture series began in Fall 2016, and is sponsored by the USC Provost and the Vice President for Research.  Each speaker in this series will give an open colloquium, presented at a level approachable by any interested undergraduate students.

In addition, each distinguished guest will give a public lecture on the USC campus.  These public lectures are designed to engage the broader community of Columbia and South Carolina, and will touch on exciting topics at the forefront of physics and astronomy.  These talks are meant to be accessible to a broad public audience, including not only the USC students, faculty and staff, but also high school students, alumni, friends and neighbors of the University.

All events are free of charge and everyone is invited!