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:

  • Cory Dean, cd2478(at)

Azadeh Keivani, Columbia University

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:00am


Azadeh Keivani is an astrophysicist studying the most violent phenomena in the Universe using data from several high-energy astrophysical observatories in a multi-messenger and multi-wavelength discipline. Currently, she is a Frontiers of Science Fellow at Columbia University, searching for jointly emitting Gravitational Wave and High-Energy Neutrino sources. 

More details on Azadeh's research can be found here.

Dimitri Basov, Columbia University

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:00am


Dimitri Basov's research area is experimental condensed matter physics. Dimitri's research group employs optical methods to investigate new physics of quantum materials. Recent instrumental advances in infrared nano-optics, some of which have been pioneered in our group, enable unprecedented access to the optical effects at the nano-scale deep below the diffraction limit of light. The group exploits these instrumental innovations to explore new physical phenomena that are of technological relevance.

Lorenzo Sironi, Columbia University

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 11:00am


Lorenzo Sironi's field of research is theoretical high-energy astrophysics. Lorenzo investigates the origin of non-thermal emission from Pulsar Wind Nebulae (PWNe), AGN jets, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), supernovae, galaxy clusters, and low-luminosity accretion flows like Sgr A* at the center of our Galaxy.

It is still a mystery how these objects can accelerate particles up to the highly non-thermal energies required to explain the observed spectra, that typically extend from the radio up to the gamma-ray band. 

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