The students, faculty and staff enjoy a few formal and informal (academic and fun) get togethers. We have annual 'get to know new members of the department (faculty/ staff/ graduate students) in late August, harvest festival gathering (physics and chemistry department) around late october, spring student achievement award dinner in April, end of semester undergraduate and graduate TA appreciation day, colloquia throughout the fall and spring semesters as well as a chemistry-physics holiday party around the christmas holidays. The left side navigation bar has links to colloquia, photogallery from the events and deadlines (that are of importance for graduation...).

Journal Club

A semi formal setting in which departmental undergraduate &  graduate students,  faculty and staff gather and present academic topics that are of interest to them.  The event is usually scheduled on alternate Fridays in Science Library, Room 306 (SL 306). Presentations are usually preceded by pizza. Presentations start around noon. Question and answer session follows the presentation. 

Spring 2016 Journal Club Presentations
Day & Date
Name of Speaker and affiliation
Title of the Presentation & abstract link
Friday, Jan 29, 2016 Mariam Kavai (Physics, BU) Construction of uniaxial strain devices integrated with scanning tunneling microscopy and resonant elastic x-ray scattering (abstract, .docx, 544kB) 
 Friday, Feb 12, 2016  William Thompson (Physics, BU)  Thermal transport in Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films (flyer, .docx, 165 kB)
Friday, Mar 11, 2016 APS Meeting Participants (Physics, BU)  Topics found in link (topics and names, .docx, 154kB)
 Friday, Apri 8, 2016  Nick Quackenbush (Physics, BU) Low temperature cation exchange at VO2 /TiO2 interfaces: unintended effects on the metal-insulator transition (flyer, .docx, 98 kB)


 Friday, April 22, 2016  Matt Redell (Physics, BU)  Resonant Plasmon-Axion Excitations Induced by Charge Density Wave: Order in Weyl Semimetal. (flyer, .docx, 51 kB)




Fall 2015 Journal Club Presentations
Day & Date
Name of the Speaker
Title of the Presentation & abstract link
Friday, September 25, 2015 Rostilav Grynko (Physics, BU) Butterfly effect in high-power, ultrashort laser propagation (abstract, .pdf, 252 kB)
 Friday,  October 9, 2015 Todd Rutkowski (Physics, BU)  Spin liquid phases of Mott insulating ultracold bosons (abstract, .pdf 154 kB)
 Friday,  October 23, 2015 Daniel Clark (Physics, BU)    Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides: A window into nonlinear optics on the atomic scale (abstract, .pdf, 167 kB )
 Friday, November 20, 2015 Ruibo Zhang (Materials Research, BU)  Electrode reaction mechanism of Ag2VO2PO4 as a high capacity, multi-electron transfer cathode material for implantable Li-ion batteries (abstract, .docx, 161 kB)
 Friday, Dec 4, 2015  Junping Shao (Physics, BU) Ab initio engineering of materials with hexagonal tin frameworks (abstract, .docx, 215 kB)


Resonant Plasmon-Axion Excitations Induced by Charge Density Wave

Order in Weyl Semimetal

Last Updated: 4/25/16