Colloquium Fall 2004



August 30
High Tc cuprate superconductors in a nutshell
Kazumi Maki
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California

September 6
Labor Day, University Holiday

September 13
Physics with Low-energy Antimatter

Cliff Surko
Positron Physics, Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego


Progress in the ability to accumulate, cool, and manipulate positrons is enabling new science and technology. The state-of-the-art in positron trapping and beam formation is described, and examples of research using these tools are discussed. Phenomena of interest include understanding the interaction of positrons with ordinary matter such as atoms and molecules, the formation and study of antihydrogen (i.e., the first stable, neutral antimatter in the laboratory), study of electron-positron plasmas, and the use of positrons to characterize materials .

September 20
Direct Oxidation Methanol Fuel Cell

Surya Prakash
Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

September 27
Quantum Information Science and Quantum Many-Body Physics
Guifré Vidal
Institute for Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology

October 4
No Colloquium

October 11
Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) and Evaluation Methods for Internet Security Technology (EMIST)
Terry Benzel
DETER, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California


I will provide an overview of the combined DETER and EMIST projects funded by NSF and DHS HSARPA. I will describe the poject vision and goals, current status and early research results .

October 18
Application of the Complex System Theory to Peer-to-peer Data Networks
Cyrus Shahabi
Information laboratory, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California

October 25
Quantum information processing with trapped ions: The battle against decoherence
Roee Ozeri
Ion Storage Group, Time and Frequency Division, NIST Boulder Laboratories

November 1
Pharmacophoric Profiling of Enzyme Substrate Specificity
Amy Barrios
Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California

November 8
Oceanic N2 fixation and the Global C Cycle
Douglas Capone
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

November 15
Tidbits about qubits: Spintronics and Spin Computation
Sankar Das Sarma
Condensed Matter Theory Center, Department of Physics, University of Maryland

November 22
From Anderson Localization to Quantum Chaos
Boris Altshuler
Department of Physics, Princeton University

November 29
The limits of genetics in determining outcomes of aging
Caleb E. Finch
Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California

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