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Sep 8 2021

Colloquium: Prof. G.W. Collins

Physics Colloquium Lecture

September 8, 2021

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM




Chicago, IL 60612


Prof. G.W. Collins
University of Rochester

Title: Matter at extreme energy density: exotic solids to inertial fusion

Abstract: A science revolution is underway with the discovery of thousands of planets outside of our solar system, the creation of revolutionary materials, and the potential for harnessing fusion energy. Unlocking these discoveries hinges on our ability to understand and manipulate matter to and beyond atomic pressures, conditions that alter the nature of atoms themselves. I will show how laboratory laser experiments are opening this science frontier at light speed, revealing the potential of squishing a watermelon into a superconductor, showing how we might make transparent aluminum like in Star Trek, and changing how we explore the nature of planets-potential platforms for life throughout the universe.


Physics Office

Date posted

Sep 2, 2021

Date updated

Dec 8, 2021