Graduate Student Seminar Series

This Graduate Student Seminar Series is tailored to introduce first-year graduate students to ongoing research in the Physics Department and related departments. For students that have not decided what field of research they would like to pursue, this is an excellent opportunity to sample the various research opportunities. For those students with more definite plans about the research they would like to pursue, the seminars give an opportunity to directly talk to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students carrying out that research. Since first-year students are supported during the summer by working with a research group, this seminar lets them sample the type of research they might be involved in during the summer.

The Columbia Physics Graduate Student Seminars take place every Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise announced. There are no Graduate Student Seminars scheduled during the summer.

The location for the 2018-2019 academic year is the Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th floor.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:

  • Ana Asenjo Garcia, ana.asenjo(at)

Brian Metzger - Columbia

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 11:00am


"The Multi-Messenger Picture of a Neutron Star Merger"

On August 17 of last year, the LIGO/Virgo gravitational wave observatories detected the first binary neutron star merger event (GW170817), a discovery followed by the most ambitious electromagnetic (EM) follow-up campaign ever conducted.  Within 2 seconds of the merger, a weak burst of gamma-rays was discovered by the Fermi and INTEGRAL satellites.  Within 11 hours, a bright but rapidly-fading thermal optical counterpart was discovered in the galaxy NGC 4993 at a distance of only 130 Million l

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