Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Colloquium Schedule Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Colloquia are held on Fridays from 4:10 - 5 PM in EPS 103. A Reception for the Speaker with refreshments served begins at 3:45pm in the EPS second floor attrium. All Departments and off-campus guests are welcome to attend. Come and join us for coffee or tea and cookies and interesting speakers!

For further information contact the MSU Physics Department at 994-3614

Fall Semester 2015



Title and Link to Abstract pdf


August 28 Professor Bern Kohler, MSU Department of Chemistry, Photophysics and Photochemistry by Ultrafast Spectroscopy DNA’s Day in the Sun: How the Double Helix Avoids Photodamage Rufus Cone
September 4 Dr. Larry Johnson, President of Montana Photonics Industry Alliance and Founder, former President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of ILX Lightwave Corporation

How to Be a Part of Montana’s Growing Photonics Industry Rufus Cone
September 11 Dr. Mike Simmonds, Quantum Design, Inc

Physics and the Art of Instrument Design: An Inquiry into Creativity (with apologies to Robert Pirsig) John Neumeier and Rufus Cone
September 18 Professor Robert C. Maher, P.E., Department Head, MSU Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Music Technology, MSU School of Music

Rufus Cone
September 25 Dr. Kris Merkel, President and CEO, S2 Corporation

Rufus Cone
October 2 Prof. Mats Selen, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Anton Vorontsov
October 9 Professor Stephen W. Sofie, MSU Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Materials Science Ph.D. Program Rufus Cone
October 16
October 23 Dr. Chris Mundy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Material Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales (MS3) Initiative

Hugo Schmidt
October 30      
November 6 Professor David Macaluso, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Montana and the Montana University System Materials Science Doctoral Program

  Rufus Cone
November 13
November 20
November 27 THANKSGIVING    
December 4      
December 11 FINALS WEEK    


Spring Semester 2016



Title and Link to Abstract pdf


January 15
January 22 Dr. Marina Battaglia, Studying Solar Flares, at FHNW - Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Institute of 4D Technologies Windisch, Switzerland
January 29 Professor Erik Grumstrup, MSU Department of Chemistry, Grumstrup Research Group, and Materials Science Ph.D. Program
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 4
March 11
April 1
April 8
April 15 -
April 22
April 29



Academic year 2014-2015 schedule can be found here...

Academic year 2013-2014 schedule can be found here...

Academic year 2012-2013 schedule can be found here...


Updated: August 19, 2015