The Munushian Visiting Seminar Series is supported by an endowment of the late Jack Munushian to the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Electrophysics to have internationally renowned individuals with visionary perspective on the fields that impact Electrical Engineering present their latest research developments at USC. The Munushian Visiting Seminar Series are targeted towards all USC students and faculty — as such all are welcome and invited to participate.

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2019 Keynote Lecture

Monday, April 22, 2019
2 – 3:30 pm, MCB 102
Reception in Lobby at 3:30 pm
F. Duncan M. Haldane
Professor, Princeton University
“Topological Quantum Matter, Entanglement, and the Second Quantum Revolution”

While the laws of quantum mechanics have remained unchanged and always validated for the last eighty-five years, new discoveries about the exotic states that they allow, entanglement, and ideas from quantum information theory have greatly changed our perspective, so much so that some talk of a “second quantum revolution” that is currently underway. The discovery of unexpected “topological states of matter”, and their possible use for “topologically-protected quantum information processing” is one of the important themes of these developments, and will be reviewed. Some of the early work in the 1980’s that began to expose topological quantum matter has already earned Nobel Prizes, including the experimental discoveries of von Klitzing (Integer Quantum Hall Effect, Nobel 1985), and Stormer and Tsui (Fractional Quantum Hall Effect, Nobel 1998), the theoretical discovery of its description by Laughlin (co-laureate, 1998), and the work honored by the recent 2016 prize, which also occurred in the 1980’s. Given the surprising nature of subsequent recent developments, and the excitement they have generated, it seems likely that more will follow, especially if the current attempts to demonstrate “braiding” become successful. It is no exaggeration to say that, at least in Condensed Matter Physics, the concepts and language used to describe quantum states of matter have dramatically changed since about 1980 as a result of all these developments, in which the quantum property of “entanglement” plays a key role.

Previous Lectures

Title: “Quantum Information: a scientific and technological revolution for the 21st century”
Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm, GER 124 Auditorium

Dr. William Phillips NIST Nobel Laureate, Physics 1997
Abstract and Bio

Friday, February 15, 2019
11 – 12:30 pm, EEB 132
Paul McEuen
Professor, Cornell University
“Cell-sized Sensors and Robots”
Abstract and Bio

Friday, October 12, 2018
2 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Demetrios Christodoulides
University of Central Florida
Optical Thermodynamics of Nonlinear Highly Multimode Systems”
Abstract and Bio

Friday, September 28, 2018
2 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Ali Hajimiri

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Cal Tech
“1, 2, 3, infinity: The  Power of Groups”
Abstract and Bio

Dr. Chennupati Jagadish
Professor of Electronic Materials Engineering
Australian National University
“Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics Applications”
Abstract and Bio

Friday, November 3, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Caudia Arias
Professor of EECS
UC Berkeley

Friday, October 20, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Debdeep Jena
Professor of ECE
Cornell University
The Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor Revolution in Electronic, Photonic, and Energy Systems”
Abstract and Bio

Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00 – 11:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Mike Mayberry
Managing Director of Intel Labs
Intel Corporation
Future of Computing”

Friday, September 29, 2017
2 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Ming C. Wu
University of California, Berkeley
Silicon Photonic MEMS”
Abstract and Bio

Friday, February 23, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm, EEB 132
Dr. Julia R. Greer
Professor of Materials Science, Med. Engr., Mechanics
California Institute of Technology
Materials by Design: 3-Dimensional Nano-Architected Meta-Materials”