Bryn Mawr Physics Department Events

Fall 2016–Spring 2017



Colloquia take place on Mondays in the Dorothy Vernon Room, adjacent to the dining hall of the New Dorm.

Dinner 5:30-6:30pm, followed by the colloquium 6:30-7:30 pm. Meal tickets will be provided for those not on the meal plan.

Colloquia Talk Titles and Abstracts

Spring 2016

Jan. 23
Dr. Hillary Smith, Class of 2006
California Institute of Technology
Applied Physics in Energy Storage Materials

Investigations of Materials to Address Alternative Energy Challenges

Thermodynamic properties of materials play a key role in understanding the conduction of heat and electrons.  Experimental probes of entropy and heat capacity help elucidate these properties and can be used to inform the development of new materials.  In this talk, I will describe an investigation of the contributions to entropy in a metallic glass.  Metallic glasses are solids, like crystals, but isotropic and without long-range order, like liquids.  At the glass transition temperature, hundreds of degrees below where the solid melts, the hard glass becomes viscous.  I will describe an investigation into the entropy and heat capacity at the glass transition, and put these new experimental results into the context of decades-old theories.  At the conclusion of the talk, I will connect this work to my current research focus on applying these same experimental tools to solving energy storage problems.  

Journal Club

For Spring 2017, Journal Club takes place on Wednesdays in Park 337—snacks 4-4:15 p.m., presentation at 4:15-5p.m.

Events Summary


23 (Monday) Colloquium: Hillary Smith '06


27 (Monday) Colloquium: Chuck Samuels and Shawana Johnson




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