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Welcome to Berkeley's Physics Club!

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SPS@Berkeley

The Society of Physics Students is a professional, national organization for all students interested in physics. We are the chapter at University of California - Berkeley. We do fun projects, promote and discuss physics, tour lab facilities, and connect with professors and their research. We also support an FAQ to answer questions about physics courses and the physics major, and we will produce a course guide soon. Check them out! Any questions, comments, or feedback? Email us at ucbsps@gmail.com. Interested in getting involved? Subscribe to our mailing list

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Mission Statement

The Society of Physics Students is an organization dedicated to physics-related ideas and cutting-edge research. We encourage and assist students interested in physics to develop the knowledge, competence, enthusiasm, and social responsibility that are essential to the advancement of physics; stimulate interest in advanced study and research in physics; develop collegiality among physics students and faculty members; promote public interest in physics; and provide liaison between students and the member societies of the American Institute of Physics.

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Officers

Administration

Anastasia

President: Anastasia Bizyaeva

The President is the club's leader and the face of the organization. The position requires awareness of and involvement in all major happenings of the club.

My name is Anastasia and I am a rising senior physics major, also minoring in mechanical engineering. I have been involved in SPS since my sophomore year. I am also closely involved with the physics department at Berkeley. SPS helped me get the most out of my undergraduate experience in physics, and as president I would like to share this experience with many others.

Goni Halevy

Vice President: Goni Halevy

The vice president is responsible of keeping track of all other officers, interacting between the club and other organizations, including the department and National SPS, and generally supporting the president and the other members.

I am a third year astrophysics and physics double major. I currently do research in supernovae and other massive stars as a part of Alex Filippenko's group, and probably intend to continue with stellar physics in grad school. Apart from physics, I enjoy reading, volunteering at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, drinking coffee, and traveling.

Katya Simpson

Secretary: Katya Simpson

The secretary is in charge of helping the President and VP keep affairs organized as well as taking meeting minutes.

Hello:) I'm a senior in physics and philosophy, Canadian expat, and casual coffee addict. Let me know if you have questions about SPS, want to get involved, or just want to get coffee and feed my addiction!

MacCallum Robertson

Treasurer: MacCallum Robertson

The Treasurer maintains the club’s finances. He facilitates all transactions that occur within the club and works closely with the Physics department.

My name is MacCallum Robertson, a 3rd year Physics major. I'm currently the SPS treasurer and one of the presidents of the Space Exploration Society @ Berkeley. I currently do research in micromagnetics and material science. Some things that I enjoy are learning new languages and playing ultimate Frisbee for the Cal team.

Caug

Tech Chair : Christopher Agostino

The Tech Chair is the designated technologically literate member that maintains the club’s physical server and also updates the website.

Check out my website

Joe Costello

Snack Shack: Joseph Costello

I manage the SPS room snack shack in LeConte. This means I make decisions on what to get for the snack shack, as well as staying in the SPS room whenever possible.

I'm a third year Physics major, History minor. I'm from Northern California, love dogs, and enjoy backpacking.

Officers

Leah Tom

Travel Coordinator: Leah Tom

I'm in charge of coordinating travel to and from events held outside Berkeley.

I'm a Physics and Math major. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and watching movies.

Cee Gould

Historian: Cee Gould

As Historian for SPS, Cee takes lots of pictures of SPS events.

Cee is a second year intended Astrophysics major. When she's not working with SPS, she can also be found working in the Native American Student Development Office, volunteering at the Lawrence Hall of Science, or longboarding throughout the Berkeley campus. She loves to smile and encourages everyone to be her friend.

Alex Nguyen

Blog Writer: Alex Nguyen

I run the blog. It probably will end up a mix of personal blog and SPS blog.

Hello! I'm the official blogger for SPS along with being co-liaison between SPS and IGENSpectrum. I Let's be friends!

Stanley Liu

Faculty-Student Lunches: Stanley Liu

The Faculty-Student Lunch facilitator organizes student lunches by contacting potential professors and arranging for pizza to be consumed at such events. This person is also responsible for introducing the faculty member as well as preparing several questions.

Stanley is a sophomore physics major.

Ben Sheff

Project Coordinator: Ben Sheff

The project coordinator comes up with project ideas and makes plans so that they can build it.

I'm a third year physics/math double major from Iowa. Currently I'm working with a group in the physics department doing research searching for neutrinoless double beta decay. Outside of work, I like robots, ultimate frisbee, and video games (especially the Civ series).

Katie Latimer

Outreach Coordinator: Katie Latimer

I am in charge of spreading the information about and recruiting volunteers for outreach events such as the Bay Area Science Festival and Cal Day in order to expose laypeople to the wonders of physics.

Katie is a sophomore physics/math double major interested in helping kids learn about physics and other sceinces.

Ivan Aguilar

Grillmaster: Ivan Aguilar

The Grillmaster is in charge of acquiring materials and volunteers for barbecues, along with managing the scheduling and running of the barbecues themselves. Regular barbecues are an old tradition in the physics department. They provide a great opportunity for professors and grad students to leave their offices, for undergrads to put off homework, and for disparate parts of the department to interact.

Brian Barch

Assistant Grillmaster: Brian Barch

Assists the grillmaster.

I come from a long line of assistant grillmasters going all the way back to Gurg, who assisted Horg in cooking the first hunted mammoth. I will honor my family by assisting SPS barbecues like no barbecue has ever been assisted before. Other than that I'm a very boring person.

Garrow Geer

Social Chair: Garrow Geer

Physicists are bloodthirsty masochists who thirst for one thing: friendship. I hunt down potential specimens and drag them back to the department for feeding.

Praise the Sun

Liaisons

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Compass: Doris Lee

The Compass Liaison maintains communication with the Berkeley Compass Project to promote inter-club collaboration. The Compass Liaison is responsible for organizing joint events between SPS and Compass.

Sophomore intended major in physics and astrophysics.

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Biophysics and IGENspectrum co-liaison: Alison Kim

The Biophysics Liaison coordinates with MCB/IB/CogSci student groups as well as other SPS Liaisons to host biophysics events and socials.

I'm a third year Physics major with an intended EECS minor. I worked in the DeWeese lab for over a year but have since changed to the Maharbiz group (EECS, neuroengineering) since mid-2015. After graduating I hope to work with semiconductors, earn a Ph.D, and join the Peace Corps. When I'm not in LeConte, you can find me running, cooking, attending a concert, or relaxing at Asha Tea House. Feel free to talk to me (by email) about anything if you see me!

Events

Upcoming Events

Event Type Date Time Location Details
First General Meeting Social Friday, September 4 5:00-8:00 pm 375 LeConte Join the UC Berkeley Society of Physics Students in kicking off the academic year! Are you interested in physics and want to find out more? Or maybe you're a declared physics major and want to come hang out with other physics students? Either way, this event is for you! More details will be posted closer to the event date.

Past Events

Event Type Date Time Location Details
Fall Officer Elections Academic/Social Friday, May 8 6:00-7 PM 251 LeConte SPS will be holding elections to decide officers for the upcoming fall semester. All members are encouraged to attend and if you cannot make it you should drop by the SPS room sometime before to submit an absentee ballot..
Department Picnic Social Friday, May 8 TBD 375 LeConte The department is hosting its annual spring picnic and all students are invited to attend. Get tickets for it or you can volunteer and get free food at 366 LeConte.
Faculty Lunch with Hartmut Haeffner Academic/Social Wednesday, May 6 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Haeffner, whose research is in ion trapping in order to investigate aspects of quantum physics and quantum information.
Project Discussions Academic/Social Friday, May 1 6:00-7 PM 251 LeConte SPS will be hosting a meeting to talk about future projects.
Final Barbecue Social Friday, May 1 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various drinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
STEM Mixer Academic/Social Thursday, April 30 5:00 -7:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. It will be a mixer for SPS and Atmospheric Sciences students to get together and hang out.
Reading Room Open House Academic Wednesday, May 29 11 AM- 1 PM 1st Floor LeConte Come tour the new reading room on the first floor. We will also be getting a new SPS room
Faculty Lunch with Alex Filippenko Academic/Social Wednesday, April 22 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Filippenko, whose research is in supernova and is involved in science outreach.
Faculty Lunch with Gibor Basri Academic/Social Thursday, April 16 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Basri, whose research is focused on stellar magnetic activity, star formation, low mass stars, brown dwarfs, high resolution spectroscopy, radiative transfer, and planetary systems.
Faculty Lunch with Steve Beckwith Academic/Social Thursday, April 2 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Beckwith, whose research is focused on cosmology, galactic evolution, and galactic luminosity function.
Zone 18 Meeting Social/Professional March 20-22 LeConte Hall Come to the zone meeting for Zone 18 of the National SPS. The meeting will feature talks by Berkeley Professors as well as a tour of the Advanced Light Source Lab and a poster session featuring undergraduate research. Find out more details by visiting here!
SPS Barbecue Social Monday, March 20 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various drinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
SPS Student Colloquium with Aditya Academic Tuesday, March 10 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting student led collquiua where undergraduates present their research giving others insight on ground breaking topics in different areas of physics.
Faculty Lunch with Dan Stamper Kurn Academic/Social Tuesday, February 24 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Stamper Kurn, whose research is in Bose Einstein Condensates, cavity QED, and other atomic systems.
Student Colloquium with Kunal Marwaha Social/Academic Monday, February 17th TBD TBD SPS is hosting student led collquiua where undergraduates present their research giving others insight on ground breaking topics in different areas of physics. Kunal's talk is titled "Quantum Applications to the Compressive Phase Retrieval Problem". In it, he will discuss how solutions to this "compressive phase retrieval problem" can use a quantum measurement scheme to reconstruct states, and potential implications thereof.
Barbecue Social Friday, February 13 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various drinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
Student Colloquium with Mahroud Sayrafi Social/Academic Monday, February 9 TBD TBD SPS is hosting student led collquiua where undergraduates present their research giving others insight on ground breaking topics in different areas of physics.
General Meeting Social Friday, February 6 6:00-7 pm 251 LeConte We will be discussing the upcoming zone meeting, the upcoming student presentations, the first barbecue of the semester, faculty lunches, and equity.
COMPASS/SPS Joint Meeting Social January 30 11 AM- 12 PM 251 LeConte SPS and Compass will be meeting to discuss how each can help each other and possible events we could hold together throughout the semester.
NIF Lab Tour Social/Professional January 15 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Come tour the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorry. It is home to some of the world's foremost plasma physics research.
Department Party Social Friday, December 12 International House The department throws an annual holiday party and it's actually quite entertaining. Student tickets are 10$ and include great food and entertainment and can be purchased in the department office on 3rd floor of LeConte.
Faculty Lunch with Professor Qiu Academic/Social Friday, December 5 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Qiu, whose research is in magnetic nanostructures.
General Meeting Social Friday, December 5 6:00 PM 251 LeConte Hall SECRET SCHRODINGER
Faculty Lunch with Kam-Biu Luk Academic/Social Monday, November 24 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Kam-Biu Luk, who performs research in Particle Experiment.
General Meeting Social Friday, November 21 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various rinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
Faculty Lunch with Jeff Neaton Academic/Social Thursday, November 20 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Jeff Neaton, who performs research in theoretical condensed matter physics, performing computational simuations of complex crystal structures.
General Meeting Social Friday, November 14th> 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss the NIF tour, the skit for the holiday party, the gift exchange, and other pressing issues.
Faculty Lunch with Oscar Hallatscheck Academic/Social Friday, November 14 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Oscar Hallatscheck, who performs research in Biophysics theory.
General Meeting Social Friday, November 7th> 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss the MUSA challenge, the zone meeting, and the skit for the holiday party as well as the possibility of a gift exchange.
Faculty Lunch with Roger Falcone Academic/Social Thursday, November 6 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Roger Falcone, who performs research in AMO physics and who is also the director of the ALS lab at LBL.
Faculty Lunch with Stephen Leone Academic/Social Tuesday, November 4 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Stephen Leone, who performs research in AMO physics.
Faculty Lunch with Dan Kasen Academic/Social Thursday, October 30 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dan Kasen, who performs research in astrophysical theory.
General Meeting Social Friday, October 24th> 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss the reorganization of undergraduate space, the zone meeting, the next barbecue, and the department holiday party.
Faculty Lunch with Edgar Knobloch Academic/Social Thursday, October 23 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Edgar Knobloch, who performs research in Nonlinear dynamics.
General Meeting Social Friday, October 17 12:00-2 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various rinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
Faculty Lunch with Wick Haxton Academic/Social Tuesday, October 14 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Wick Haxton, who performs research in Astrophysical theory regarding solar neutrinos.
General Meeting Social Friday, October 10th> 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss the blog, the pGRE decal, the tinkering room, faculty lunches, the Bay Area Science Festival, the Zone meeting and the upcoming Barbecue.
Faculty Lunch with Frances Hellman Academic/Social Friday, October 10 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Frances Hellman, who performs research in Condensed Matter Experiment.
Faculty Lunch with Feng Weng Academic/Social Thursday, October 9 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Feng Wang, who performs research in Condensed Matter Experiment.
Faculty Lunch with Dmitry Budker Academic/Social Tuesday, September 30 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dmitry Budker, who performs research in AMO Experiment.
General Meeting Social Friday, September 26 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss ASUC funding, the website, a possible blog,Snack Shack, and the Bay Area Science Festival.
Faculty Lunch with Jonathon Wurtele Academic/Social Friday, September 26 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Jonathon Wurtele, who performs research in astro theory.
Faculty Lunch with Steve Stahler Academic/Social Friday, September 19 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Steve Stahler, who performs research in astro theory.
General Meeting Social Friday, September 19 5:00 PM-6:00 PM 251 LeConte We will discuss barbecue successes/failures, the possibility of a NIF tour, IGenSpectrum, and Bay area Science Festival.
General Meeting Social Friday, September 19 3:00-5 PM LeConte Courtyard SPS is hosting a barbecue where we will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, turkey burgers, hot links, various rinks and goodies. Help us raise money for our club!
Faculty Lunch with Surjeet Rajendran Academic/Social Thursday, September 11 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Surjeet Rajendran, who performs research in particle theory.
General Meeting Social July 26 6:00 PM-7:00 PM 251 LeConte We will plans for the upcoming year. Topics include projects, collabortion with the Space Exploration Society, COMPASS, SWPS, the Bay Area Science Fest, plans for barbecues, faculty lunches, lab tours, ASUC, possibility of a physics blog, Calapalooza, and Zone meeting ideas.
NIF Lab Tour Social/Professional Friday, May 9 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Come tour the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorry. It is home to some of the world's foremost plasma physics research.
General Meeting Social Tuesday, May 6 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM 195 LeConte Hall We will be discussing officer appliations and plans for next semester. Feel welcome to bring your best board games to socialize a bit before finals and network with other physics majors. As usual, there will be free pizza. We hope to see you all there!
Faculty Lunch with Adrian Lee Academic/Social Wednesday, April 30 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 468 Birge Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Adrian Lee, whose research is in Astrophysics.
Faculty Lunch with Dan Stamper-Kurn Academic/Social Tuesday, April 22 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Dan Stamper-Kern, whose research is in Ultracold Atomic Physics.
General Meeting Social Tuesday, April 15 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Discuss general club activities and socialize with other members.
Faculty Lunch with Jeff Neaton Academic/Social Wednesday, April 9 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Jeff Neaton, whose research is in Condensed Matter physics.
Graduate Student Poster Session Academic Thursday, April 3 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Basement of Stanley The graduate students will be displaying their research in the basement of Stanley and all are welcome to come!
Exoplanet Talk: The Kepler Mission:Ace Planet Hunter Academic/Professional Thursday, March 20 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM 110 Barrows Hall Professor Basri is a Professor in the UC Berkeley astronomy department and he currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at Cal. He has an extensive history in the search for extrasolar planets and has received numerous awards for his research. For more information, please refer to Professor Basri's website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~basri/
Faculty Lunch with Adrian Lee Academic/Social Wednesday, March 19 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Adrian Lee, whose research is in Astrophysics.
Faculty Lunch with David Walrod Academic/Social Friday, March 14 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and David Walrod, who is a venture partner at Bridgescale Partners where he leads and manages equity investments in a range of communications/IT-focused products. He received his B.A. in physics from Berkeley and a Ph.D. in solid state physics at MIT. He worked there as a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Lab of Electronics
General Meeting Social Tuesday, March 4 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Discuss general club activities and socialize with other members. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SCAVENGER HUNT! BE THERE!
Faculty Lunch with Dimitry Budker Academic/Social Tuesday, March 4 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Dimitry Budker, whose research is in various types of Atomic Physics.
Faculty Lunch with Peter Yu Academic/Social Monday, February 24 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Peter Yu, whose research is in Condensed Matter physics.
NASA JPL Robotics Talk + Info Session with Dr. Paul Backes Professional Thursday, February 20 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 101 Morgan Hall Jet Propulsion Laboratory builds robotic spacecraft that explore the solar system. Dr. Paul Backes will present current robotics efforts at JPL including for flight projects and research activities.
Faculty Lunch with John Mather Academic/Social Thursday, February 20 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate John Mather, whose work on the COBE satellite with George Smoot helped solidify the big-bang theory of the Universe and is now the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Faculty Lunch with Bob Jacobsen Academic/Social Tuesday, February 11 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Bob Jacobsen, whose research is in Experimental Particle Physics.
First General Meeting of the Second Semester Social Tuesday, February 4 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Plans will be made for upcoming Faculty-student lunches, national lab tours, derpartment BBQs and other possible social events.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics Academic/Social Friday, January 17 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM LeConte Come to the APS sponsored Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics between January 17 and January 19! There will be research talks, panel discussions, an SPS booth, and much more! Men are welcome too.
Advanced Light Source Lab Tour Academic/Professional Tuesday, January 7 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM TBD Join us on a lab tour in LBNL. If you're interested in attending, please confirm at http://tinyurl.com/q9del8t
General Meeting Social Sunday, December 8 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Evans 85 The meeting time is tentative.
Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Roger Falcone Academics/Social Thursday, November 21 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Roger Falcone, whose research is in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics.
General Meeting Social Sunday, November 17 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Meet by the southwest door to Evans Feel free to drop by if you are interested in getting involved or just want to see what is going on!
Faculty Lunch with Melvin Pomerantz Academic/Social Friday, November 8 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall He is a visiting researcher currently rworking at LBNL. He researched solid state physics at the IBM Research Lab in New York.
Cal SPS Exhibit at BASF Discovery Days Outreach Saturday, November 2 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM AT&T Park Want to introduce people to teh wonders of physics? Have a Saturday afternoon to burn? Get some cool experience by volunteering to help out at our booth at the Bay Area Science Festival. Email us if you are interested.
Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Bob Jacobsen Academics/Social Tuesday, October 22 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Bob Jacobsen, a particle physicist.
General Meeting Social Sunday, October 20 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM LeConte Courtyard We will make the sub-groups official, assign tasks in these sub-groups, and discuss and decide on new ideas.
Career Lunch with Scott Shenker Professional/Social Wednesday, October 16 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall Currently a professor in EECS here at Berkeley, Dr. Scott Shenker began his extensive career in as a physicist. From start-ups to papers, his physics grounding has given him a unique perspective in academia and industry.
Career Lunch with Matt Kowitt Professional/Social Wednesday, October 9 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall Matt Kowitt works at Stanford Research Systems. Come find out what it's like to work in industry!
Faculty-Student Lunch (with Dr. Yury Kolomensky) Academics/Social Friday, September 27 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Yury Kolomensky, an experimental particle physicist.
General Meeting Social Wednesday, September 25 8:30 PM- 9:30 PM 129 Barrows Not able to make our first general meeting? Want to see the people you met at the last general meeting? Then, join us at our second general meeting!
First General Meeting Social Sunday, September 15 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Sather Tower (Campanile) This is our first general meeting! Come on out and meet fellow physics enthusiasts!
Thiel Foundation Seminar with Dr. Hemai Parthansarathy. Academics Friday, September 13 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall Dr. Hemai Parthansarathy will be speaking on behalf of the Thiel Foundation about funding for radical science ideas. Drop by, especially if you might be interested in doing a radical science project! *There will be pizza.*
Welcome to the Physical Sciences! Panel Discussion Academics Tuesday, August 27 11:45 AM- 12:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is intended for Freshman. Come hang out, meet people, and enjoy free food!

Past Events

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Guides

Physics

H7C: Optics and Modern Physics

Prerequisites: Math 1AB, 53, (54), Physics (7AB)

Format: 4 units; 3hr lecture, 1hr discussion, 3hr lab every other week, problem set each week

Grading: B+ average, 2 midterms, final, problem sets, labs, class participation (clickers) optional, varies by professor

Topics: review of EM (Maxwell's equations, wave equation, Poynting vector), propagation of light (reflection, refraction, transmission, absorption), geometric optics (mirrors, lenses, images), interference (double slit, thin film, diffraction), special relativity (transformations, simultaneity, collisions), quantum physics (thermodynamic origins, Bohr model, Schrodinger Equation), special topics (atomic, nuclear, condensed matter, particle, cosmology)

Textbooks: Hecht (terrible), Tipler (bad)

Study-aides: Past tests (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/), quantum (http://oyc.yale.edu/sites/default/files/notes_quantum_10.pdf, http://plus.maths.org/content/schrodingers-equation-action), Lee Fall 2013 Notes (https://drive.google.com/a/berkeley.edu/folderview?id=0B8W9MdlVeKI3Q0FVZ3V1NXIzVDg&usp=sharing) [spelling warning], hyperphysics, Alison's Topics/Review TBD

Comments: N/A

110A:Electromagnetism and Optics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Review of vector calculus. Electrostatics (Coulomb's law, Gauss's law, electric potential, work & energy, capacitors). Solving Laplace's equation (Image charges, Separation of variables, multipole expansion). Electric fields in matter (Dielectrics, Polarization, Displacement field). Magnetostatics (Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, Vector potential). Magnetic fields in matter (Magnetization, Auxiliary field). Electrodynamics (Ohm's law, Faraday's law, Inductance, Solving DC circuits, Maxwell equations) Conservation laws (Continuity equation, Poynting's theorem, Maxwell stress tensor). EM waves (Fresnel equations)

Textbooks: Griffiths - Introduction to Electrodynamics (good)

Study-aides: Study Aides: past tests (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/), Professor Qiu's Website (http://physics.berkeley.edu/research/qiu/teaching/110a/110a.htm)

Comments: N/A

111BSC:Basic Semiconductor Circuits

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54

Format: 3 units; 8 hr lab, 3 hr lecture; 1 lab report on most weeks

Grading: A- average, final project, lab reports

Topics: Linear Circuits (Thevenin’s Theorem, Input/Output Impedance, RLC circuits [high/low pass filters, resonating circuits]), Circuit Simulations (Multisim software) , Diodes (diode characteristics, rectifiers, LED, Zener diode, equilibrium analysis, perturbation analysis), JFETS (JFET transistor characteristics, small signal transconductance and source-resistance model, current sources, source followers, voltage amplifiers, differential amplifiers, attenuators, modulators), Op Amps (Golden rules, feedback, comparator, follower, current source, inverting, non-inverting, differential and summing amplifiers, current to voltage converter, negative impedance converter, gyrator, oscillator, non-idealness of op-amps), LabVIEW programming (using VI’s, Data Acquisition), Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog conversion (Nyquist Theorem, converters), Signal Processing and Control (fourier transforms, signal recovery, PID controller)

Textbooks: Horowitz,Hill - The Art of Electronics (good reference, class covers only a fraction of its contents)

Study-aides:http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~phylabs/bsc/

Comments: There are 12 (including final project) lab reports. Out of that only 5 are full reports and require > 7 hours to write up. The rest are either short reports, which take ~4 hours to finish, or notebook submissions which take < 1 hr to finish. Make sure you start early on the full reports. A good way to save time in the lab is to read the lab manual carefully, including the exercises, before coming to the lab.

112: Introduction to Statistical and Thermal Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Statistics (Poisson distribution, Indistinguishability). Thermodynamics (Processes, 1st and 2nd law, heat capacity, efficiency & Carnot engines, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution) Classical statistical mechanics(Boltzmann's definition of entropy, microcanonical ensemble, chemical potential, canonical ensemble, paramagnet model, Gibbs factor & Gibbs sum [Grand canonical ensemble], Equipartition theorem). Quantum Statistical mechanics (Blackbody radiation,Stefan's law, Debye specific heat, Ideal Fermi gas, Chandrasekhar limit, Ideal Bose gas, Bose-Einstein Condensate), Phase transitions(Ising model, Mean field theory, Critical exponents, Landau theory of phase transitions)

Textbooks: Kittel - Thermal Physics (moderate)

Study-aides: past tests (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/)

Comments: N/A

137A:Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Math 110

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Topics: Failure of classical physics. Wave function (probability, normalization, wave particle duality, wave packets, wave function in momentum space, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle). Schrodinger's equation (Stationary states, Ehrenfest Theorem, potential step, well, barrier, delta function, harmonic oscillator, raising and lowering operators). Formalism (Operators & eigenfunctions, Dirac notation, matrix representation, Hermitian, unitary, projection operators, commutators, generalized uncertainty principle) Schrodinger in spherical polar coordinates(Orbital angular momentum, spherical harmonics, general angular momentum & spin, spin 1/2 systems & Pauli matrices, addition of angular momentum, radial solution, Hydrogen atom)

Textbooks: Griffiths - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (good) or Bransden & Joachain - Quantum Mechanics (good)

Study-aides: past tests (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/), Bound states in different types of potentials (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/bound-states)

Comments: N/A

137B:Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Physics 137A, Math 110

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Identical Particles (two-particle wavefunctions, bosons, fermions), time-independent perturbation theory (degenerate theory, non-degenerate theory, fine structure, spin-orbit coupling, energy level corrections of hydrogen atom, Zeeman effect), Variational Principle, WKB approximation (classical region approximation, tunneling, connection formulas), time-dependent perturbation theory (two-level systems, sinusoidal perturbations, emission and absorption of radiation, Einstein's A and B coefficients, selection rules), adiabatic approximation (adiabatic theorem, berry's phase), Scattering (Classical and Quantum scattering theory, partial wave analysis, Born ap

Textbooks: Griffiths - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (good) or Bransden & Joachain - Quantum Mechanics (good)

Study-aides: past tests (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/), notes (http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~jemoore/p137b/p137b.html)

Comments: N/A

141A:Solid State Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Physics 137A, (Physics 137B), Physics 112

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B+ average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Crystal Structure (periodic array of atoms, types of lattice), wave diffraction (reciprocal lattice, scattered wave amplitude, Brillouin zones, fourier analysis of basis), crystal binding (inert gases crystals, ionic crystals, covalent crystals, metals, hydrogen bond, elastic constants), phonons (vibrations of crystals with monoatomic and diatomic basis, quantization of elastic wave , phonon momentum, inelastic phonon scattering, phonon heat capacity, phonon thermal conductivity), free electron fermi gas (energy levels 1/2/3D, effect of temperature, heat capacity, electrical conductivity of electron gas, motion in magnetic field, thermal conductivity of metals), energy bands (nearly free electron model, bloch functions, kronig-penney model, crystal momentum of electron, central equation and approximate solutions, band gap, metals and insulators), semiconductors (holes, effective mass, bloch oscillator, intrinsic carriers, chemical potential, doping, p-n junctions, band bending, diodes), tight binding, plasmons and polaritons (screening, dielectric function, plasma optics, polariton dispersion)

Textbooks: Introduction to Solid State Physics - Kittel (okay for review, not great for explanations), Solid State Physics - Ashcroft and Mermin (excellent for explanations)

Study-aides: past tests (only one) (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/physics/), practice problems (harder than standard problems) solid state physics: problems and solutions - Mihaly and Martin

Comments: N/A

Suggested Course Sequence

Courses in yellow are required prerequisites for the physics major.

Courses in blue denote required upper division courses for the physics major

Courses in red are upper division elective courses which delve more deeply into specialized fields.

Math

55:Discrete Mathematics

Prerequisite s: None

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due every week.

Grading: B- average; 2 in-class midterms; 1 final exam.

Topics: (Logic and Proofs) - Propositional Logic, Predicates and Quantifiers, Rules of Inference, Introduction to Proofs. (Basic Structures) - Sets, Functions, Sequences, Summations, and Cardinality of Sets. (Number Theory and Cryptography) - Divisibility, Modular Arithmetic, Promes, Greatest Common Divisors, Congruences, and Cryptography. Strong/Structural Induction, Well-Ordering, and Recursion. (Counting) - Basics of Counting, Pigeonhole Principle, Permutations, Combinations, and Binomial Coefficients. (Discrete Probability) - Probability Theory, Bayes’ Theorem, Expected Value and Variance. Generating Functions, Inclusion-Exclusion, Chinese Remainder Theorem, and Euclidean algorithm. (Graphs) - Directed Graph, Bipartite Graphs, Adjacency Matrices, Undirected Graphs, Isomorphism, Euler and Hamilton Paths.

Textbooks: Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (Custom for UCB), 7th Edition by Kenneth Rosen (good)

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: For this class, make sure you understand all the material and definitions by heart, that way it is a lot easier to do proofs. Also, be sure you know how to do the different kinds of algorithms, such as the Chinese Remainder Theorem. The exams are mostly half proofs and half computational.

110:Linear Algebra

Prerequisites:Math 53, Math 54, and Math 55.

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due each week.

Grading:B average, 1-2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam.

Topics: (Vector Spaces) - Subspaces, Intersection, Sum, and Direct Sum. (Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces) - Span, Linear Independence, Bases, and Dimension. (Linear Maps) - Null Space, Ranges, Rank, Matrices, and Invertibility. (Polynomials) - Degree, Real Coefficients, and Complex Coefficients. (Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors) - Invariant Subspaces, Upper Triangular Matrices, and Diagonal Matrices. (Inner Product Spaces) - Inner Products, Norms, Orthonormal Bases, Orthogonal Projections, Minimization Problem, Linear Functional, and Adjoints. (Operators on Inner Product Spaces) - Self Adjoint, Normal Operators, Spectral Theorem. (Operators on Complex Vector Spaces) - Generalized Eigenvectors, Characteristic Polynomial, Minimal Polynomial, and Jordan Form.

Textbooks: Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler (Good)

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: Since this is a proof-based class, you need to know all the definitions and theorems by heart. That way, when you are taking the exam, you can quickly jot down all the relevant information to a problem/proof to help you formulate an answer. The best way to learn the material is by explaining to other people in your own words the importance of a theorem, etc. For the weekly problem set, work together with a group of people, that way if you can discuss your approach to the problems and get feedback.

128A

Prerequisites:Math 53, Math 54

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due each week + occasional programming assignments and quizzes.

Grading:B average, 1-2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam.

Topics:Preliminaries and error analysis (round-off errors, computer arithmetic, algorithms and convergence), solutions of equations in one variable (bisection method, fixed-point iteration, Newton's method, accelerating convergence, zeros of polynomials, Muller's method), Interpolation and polynomial approximation (Lagrange polynomial, Neville's method, divided differences, hermite interpolation, cubic spline interpolation), Numerical differentiation (richardson's extrapolation), Numerical integration (composite integration, Romberg integration, adaptive quadrature methods, gaussian quadrature), Initial value problems for ordinary differential equations (theory, Euler's method, higher-order Taylor methods, Runge-Kutta methods, Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg methods, multistep methods, higher-order equations, systems of differential equations, stability, stiff differential equations), Linear systems (pivoting strategies, linear algebra, matrix inversion, determinant of matrix, matrix factorization)

Textbooks: Numerical Analysis - Burden and Faires

Study-aides: Notes and sample code (http://persson.berkeley.edu/128A/), past exams (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/math/128A/)

Comments: N/A

Astronomy

C10 (L&S C70U): Introduction to Astronomy

Prerequisites:None!

Format:4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading:B+ average, 2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam, lab activities.

Topics:

Textbooks: The Cosmos, 4th Edition, Pasachoff

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: Lecture is webcasted for convenience and because the course is overenrolled (800 students for a 700-person auditorium).

160: Stellar Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 110A, Physics 110B or Physics 137A, Physics 137B, (Physics 112), Astro 7A, Physics 7C

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading:B average, 1-2 midterms, final, homework, programming assignments (depends on professor).

Topics: Review of basic astrophysics (Blackbody radiation, flux, magnitudes, Boltzmann equation, Saha equation, HR diagrams). Stellar formation (Hydrostatic equilibrium, Virial theorem, Jeans criterion, Free-fall time). Radiative transfer (Opacity, Optical depth, radiative transfer equation, Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium). Stellar atmospheres (Absorption & Emission lines, Broadenings). Stellar modelling(Equations of stellar structure, Energy transports, Polytropes & Lane-Emden equation). Nucleosynthesis. Degenerate stars(White dwarfs Chandrasekhar limit, Gamow peak, Black holes, Schwartzschild metric) Textbooks: Leblanc - Stellar Astrophysics (moderate).

Textbooks: The Cosmos, 4th Edition, Pasachoff

Study-aides: Professor Quataert's site (Fall 2011): http://astro.berkeley.edu/~eliot/Astro160/160.html Professor Marcy's site (Fall 2013): http://astro.berkeley.edu/~gmarcy/astro160/

Comments: N/A