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Konopinski Memorial Lectures

Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics

The Konopinski Lecture Series was endowed in 1990 by a bequest from the late IU physics professor Emil Konopinski, in honor of his parents, Joseph and Sophia Konopinski. Emil Konopinski was a physics professor emeritus at IU who worked with Enrico Fermi on the construction of the first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago, then went to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in World War II with J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller to begin research on the first atomic bomb. He died in 1990 at the age of 78.

The Twenty-fourth Public
Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics
7:30pm Tuesday March 11, 2014
Whittenberger Auditorium
Superposition, Entanglement, and Raising Schrodinger's Cat
David Wineland, National Institute of Science and Technology

David Wineland

Research on precise control and manipulation of quantum systems occurs in many laboratories throughout the world, for fundamental research, for developing the world's most accurate atomic clocks, and more recently for quantum information processing. I will describe my participation in this exciting adventure and will explain how atomic ions can be used to explore many of these interesting quantum phenomena.


1991: Leon Lederman

1992: William A. Fowler

1993: Freeman J. Dyson

1994: Leo Kadanoff

1995: Pierre Gilles de Gennes

1996: Sheldon Glashow

1997: N. David Mermin

1998: Kip S. Thorne

1999: David J. Gross

2000: Steven Chu

2001: Wolfgang Ketterle

2002: Paul Steinhardt

2003: Douglas Osheroff

2004: Jill Tarter

2005: William Phillips

2006: Frank Wilczek

2007: Lisa Randall

2008: Roger Penrose

2009: John C. Mather

2010: Harold Kroto: Science, Society, and Sustainability

2011: Gerard 't Hooft: From The Standard Model To Quantum Gravity (video)

2012: Andre Geim: Random Walk to Graphene (video)

The Twenty-second Public
Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics
Random Walk to Graphene
Sir Andre Geim, University of Manchester

Andre geim

Graphene – a single plane of carbon atoms – is probably the simplest material one can imagine. On the other hand, graphene has acquired so many superlatives to its name that people started calling it a wonder material. I will explain how I walked into this research area and why graphene deserves being called wondrous.



2013: Adam Riess: Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe (video)

The Twenty-third Public
Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Memorial Lecture in Physics
Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
Adam Riess, Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute

Adam Riess

In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope which bears his name is being used to study an even more surprising phenomenon, that the expansion is speeding up. The origin of this effect is not known, but is broadly attributed to a type of "dark energy" first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the Universe. I will describe how our team discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why understanding the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology.