Sunday, March 19, 2017

(Please visit this page periodically for more details to the schedule)

Get settled in your accommodation at the Hotel Newton, 2528 Broadway at 95th Street,

(212) 678-6500. Guests may begin checking in at 1:00 pm.

4:45 PM 


Open House attendees arrive at Columbia and pick up information packets at the Physics Department, 704 Pupin (7th floor).

5:00 PM

Graduate Student Talk, 8th Floor Theory Center in Pupin Hall

Speaker: Daniel Flanigan

Title: "Measuring the oldest light in the universe as quickly as possible"
Our understanding of the beginning and the evolution of the universe is limited in part by our ability to measure tiny anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). This is an experimental talk that will connect three topics. First, I'll briefly describe the goals of current CMB measurements and the extreme precision necessary to make progress. Next, I'll explain some basic quantum optics and discuss why photon noise, which is present even in a steady stream of photons, sets the fundamental limit to statistical sensitivity in these measurements. Finally, I'll introduce a few basic features of superconductivity and explain how to use superconducting detectors to make precision measurements of the CMB.

*Refreshments and snacks will be served*

5:45 PM

Meet for Dinner

All Open House attendees are invited to attend a group dinner with current grad students - a chance to talk candidly about graduate student life at Columbia and in the Physics Department.

Meet on the 8th Floor in the Theory Center at the conclusion of the graduate student talk at 5:45 PM. Also recall that on Sunday you can only get to Pupin by entering at the main campus entrance on 116th Street (and Broadway or Amsterdam Ave). 

Your hosts will be current graduate students (Matt Anthony, Roman Berens, Giuliano Chiriaco, Stefan Countryman, Angelo Esposito, Laura Havener, Apoorv Jindal, Kiley Kennedy, Aden Lam, Heather McCarrick, Nathan Saffold, Konrad Wenz)

Restaurant: Amity Hall NYC located at 982 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 (Between 108th and 109th Streets and Amsterdam Avenue)

MONDAY, March 20, 2017

(Tentative Schedule)

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM


Buffet continental breakfast in room 705 Pupin Hall. There will be coffee, tea, bagels, etc., served.

9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentations About the Graduate Program in Physics

9:15   Welcome from Professor Michael Tuts, Chair of the Columbia Physics Department

9:20 - 9:40  Research - Atomic /Molecular/ Optical Physics: Professor Tanya Zelevinsky

9:40 - 10:00 Research - Research - High Energy Particle Physics: Professor Georgia Karagiorgi

10:00 - 10:15  Coffee Break/ Reimbursement Matters

During this time students anticipating reimbursement must visit the Business Office in 704 Pupin and provide Sonnia Andrade with W9 form for US citizens and W8 form along with corresponding documents for international visitors.

10:15 - 11:00 Research - Review of Doctoral Program: Professor Robert Mawhinney, Director of Graduate Studies 

11:00 - 11:20 Research - Nuclear Physics: Professor Brian Cole

11:20 - 11:40 Research - Condensed Matter Physics: Professor Yasutomo Uemura

11:40 - 12:00 Research - Particle Astrophysics, CMB, Gravitational Waves and Theoretical Astrophysics: Dr. Imre Bartos

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Buffet lunch in 705 Pupin with current graduate students and faculty.

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty Office Hours

We will arrange for office hours to meet with faculty as per your indicated interests.  The office hours will be available in your packet.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Campus Tour (Optional)

Regularly scheduled campus tour leaves daily at 1:00 PM from Columbia University Visitors Center, 213 Low Library Building. 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

VERITAS/ CTA Group Meeting (Optional)

Professor Brian Humensky has extended an invitation to attend his group meeting at 1:00 PM, 705 Pupin Hall.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 1 (Optional)

Current grad student, Stefan Countyman, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 2:00 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tours of Pupin Labs (Optional)

Visits to the AMO lab (Zelevinsky), condensed matter research labs (Dean and Pasupathy) and experimental astrophysics labs (Johnson and Marka).

2:40 PM - 3:40 PM

Theory Seminar 2:40 PM  in Theory Center (8th Floor Pupin)

Speaker:  Barton Zwiebach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title: “L∞ Algebras and Field Theory”


I will review and develop the general properties of L∞ algebras focusing on the gauge structure of the associated field theories. Since these algebras also capture the structure of interactions, it is plausible that they can provide a classification of gauge invariant perturbative field theories.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 2 (Optional)

Current grad student, Angelo Esposito, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 3:10 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Coffee Hour on 7th Floor Pupin - Graduate Student Lounge Room (Optional)

4:15 PM - 5:20 PM

Physics Department Colloquium 4:15 PM in 428 Pupin

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Sage, Nature

Title: "How to publish a paper in Nature"


Nature is one of the world's leading scientific journals, publishing many papers that receive wide attention by the general public. But, Nature is very selective-- <7% of submitted papers are published. In order to maximize your chances of getting published, papers should present fundamental new physical insights, or startling observations/results. Theory papers pose additional problems, as we want only those papers that are likely to be the correct explanation, and not simply exploring parameter space. The writing should be clear, concise and directed at the level of a graduate course in the subject. I encourage authors to contact me in advance of submission of a paper, both to ascertain the appropriateness of the result for Nature, and to ensure that the writing is close to our standards. Posting to ArXiv is and always has been allowed, but authors should discuss the specifics with their institutional public affairs officers before doing so.

6:00 PM

Farewell Reception with current graduate students and faculty at I.I. Rabi's Apartment

This is an opportunity to chat with faculty and students in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Meet across from 704 Pupin by the graduate student lounge room on the 7th floor at 5:45 PM to meet with group. Graduate students, Roman Berens, Giuliano Chiriaco, Stefan Countryman, Angelo Esposito, Laura Havener, Apoorv Jindal, Aden Lam, Nathan Saffold, Kathryn Sutton will escort the group to the reception.