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Podcast Profile: Theoretical Physics - From Outer Space to Plasma

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90 episodes
2015 to 2024
Median: 43 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Learn about quantum mechanics, black holes, dark matter, plasma, particle accelerators, the Large Hadron Collider and other key Theoretical Physics topics. The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics holds morning sessions consisting of three talks, pitched to explain an area of our research to an audience familiar with physics at about second-year undergraduate level.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Theoretical Physics • Quantum Mechanics • Black Holes • Dark Matter • Plasma • Quantum Computing • Gravitational Waves • Supernovae • Higgs Boson • Statistical Mechanics • Fusion Energy • Machine Learning in Physics

This podcast delves into a rich array of topics within the domain of theoretical physics, aimed primarily at an audience with at least an undergraduate-level understanding of physics. The overarching theme is the exploration of cutting-edge research and advancements in various fields of theoretical physics, bridging complex concepts with accessible explanations.

Listeners can expect to learn about foundational and contemporary topics spanning the realms of both quantum mechanics and astrophysics. The podcast covers intricate subjects such as the physics of chirality in biological systems, where topics like body axis formation and elasticity in starfish embryos are explored. Imaging methodologies like 'spatial mechano-transcriptomics' are discussed, highlighting their importance in understanding cellular mechanics at a single-cell resolution.

In the quantum realm, the podcast delves into the intricacies of quantum error correction, the challenges of quantum gravity, and the simulation of physical systems beyond the capabilities of classical computers. There's a strong emphasis on the practical applications of quantum mechanics, including machine learning techniques in modern experiments and the concept of quantum computing.

The podcast also addresses astrophysical phenomena, including the mechanics behind gravitational waves, black hole mergers, and the spaghettification of stars. The significance and mechanisms of dark matter and black holes are also frequent themes.

Furthermore, listeners will find episodes discussing the pursuit of fusion energy, with detailed comparisons between tokamaks and stellarators, and the magnetic confinement necessary for achieving net energy output from fusion reactions.

Significant attention is given to hydrodynamics and statistical physics, exploring how these principles apply to both living systems and black holes. There's also a blend of discussions on cosmology topics like cosmic inflation and the early universe, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of axions and their implications in different physical settings.

The podcast is rich in content, providing an in-depth look at both well-established theories and burgeoning fields, all interconnected under the broad umbrella of theoretical physics.


Episodes:
Chirality in living systems
2024-Jun-11
35 minutes
Imaging living systems
2024-Jun-11
55 minutes
Statistical physics of living systems
2024-Jun-11
44 minutes
The Miracle of Quantum Error Correction
2024-Mar-15
46 minutes
Simulating physics beyond computer power
2024-Mar-15
57 minutes
A liquid of quarks and gluons
2024-Mar-15
33 minutes
Possible sources for the gravitational wave background
2023-Nov-28
47 minutes
Searching for the origin of black hole mergers in the Universe with gravitational waves
2023-Nov-28
46 minutes
Gravitational radiation: an overview
2023-Nov-28
68 minutes
How the weird and wonderful properties of magnetised laser plasmas could ignite fusion-energy research
2023-Jun-02
43 minutes
Stellarators: twisty tokamaks that could be the future of fusion
2023-Jun-02
36 minutes
Magnetic confinement fusion: Science that’s hotter than a Kardashian Instagram post
2023-Jun-02
41 minutes
The spaghettification of stars by supermassive black holes: understanding one of nature’s most extreme events
2023-Mar-03
39 minutes
Extreme value statistics and the theory of rare events
2023-Mar-03
39 minutes
Inflation and the Very Early Universe
2023-Mar-03
43 minutes
Axion Searches from Black Holes to the Basement
2022-Dec-01
45 minutes
Axion Electrodynamics in Solid-State Materials
2022-Dec-01
42 minutes
The Axion: How Angles Become Particles
2022-Dec-01
48 minutes
Fluid-gravity duality and hydrodynamics of black holes
2021-Apr-29
43 minutes
Hydrodynamics of Quantum Many-Body Systems Out of Equilibrium
2021-Apr-29
37 minutes
Why Hydrodynamics?
2021-Apr-29
46 minutes
Strings and Fields
2021-Jan-16
32 minutes
Classical and Quantum Black Holes
2021-Jan-16
36 minutes
Why is Quantum Gravity so hard?
2021-Jan-16
33 minutes
Machine learning techniques in modern quantum-mechanics experiments
2020-Mar-22
37 minutes
Machine Learning and String Theory
2020-Mar-22
52 minutes
An Introduction to deep learning
2020-Mar-22
52 minutes
Welcome by Ian Shipsey Head of the Department of Physics
2020-Mar-22
6 minutes
Cosmic acceleration revealed by Type la supernovae?
2019-Nov-01
40 minutes
Supernova Explosions and their Role in the Universe
2019-Nov-01
48 minutes
What makes stars go bang?
2019-Nov-01
46 minutes
... from collisions to the Higgs boson
2019-May-16
35 minutes
From protons to collisions…
2019-May-16
36 minutes
What the Large Hadron Collider is telling us about the Higgs sector and its new interactions
2019-May-16
44 minutes
Why the world is simple - Prof Ard Louis
2019-Feb-15
38 minutes
Topology in Biology - Prof Julia Yeomans FRS
2019-Feb-15
38 minutes
Welcome from the Head of the Physics Department
2019-Feb-15
13 minutes
Entropy from Entanglement
2018-Dec-03
42 minutes
Entropy: two short stories
2018-Dec-03
39 minutes
Entropy: Gaining Knowledge by Admitting Ignorance
2018-Dec-03
52 minutes
Networked Quantum Information Technologies
2018-Jul-06
21 minutes
Quantum logic with trapped-ion qubits
2018-Jul-06
25 minutes
The ultimate limits of privacy and randomness...for the paranoid ones
2018-Jul-06
54 minutes
“Open” Quantum Systems
2018-Jul-06
47 minutes
Quantum Systems from Group up
2018-Jul-06
40 minutes
Galaxy Dynamics: The chemical evolution side
2018-Jan-25
39 minutes
Galaxy Dynamics: The dynamics of galaxy discs
2018-Jan-25
44 minutes
Galaxy Dynamics: Stellar systems: a new state of matter
2018-Jan-25
51 minutes
Superfluids in Flatland: Topology, Defects, and the 2016 Nobel Prize
2017-Nov-03
43 minutes
Quantum mechanics on the human scale
2017-Nov-03
35 minutes
From Identical Particles to Frictionless Flow
2017-Nov-03
46 minutes
Exploring the very early universe with gravitational waves
2017-May-10
46 minutes
The birth of gravitational wave astronomy
2017-May-10
42 minutes
From action at a distance to gravitational waves
2017-May-10
46 minutes
Kilometres: Turbulence - Morning of Theroetical Physics
2017-Feb-28
46 minutes
Microns: The bacterial viewpoint - Morning of Theroetical Physics
2017-Feb-28
38 minutes
Centimetres: Fluids all around us - Morning of Theroetical Physics
2017-Feb-28
46 minutes
Topology and the Classification of Matter: New Physics Hidden in Plain Sight
2016-Nov-01
36 minutes
Magnets, superfluids and superconductors
2016-Nov-01
47 minutes
Identical particles: from one to many
2016-Nov-01
44 minutes
String Theory: Then and Now
2016-May-24
43 minutes
String Theory and Particle Physics
2016-May-24
43 minutes
String Theory, Holography and Quark-Gluon Plasma
2016-May-24
47 minutes
How computers have changed the way we do physics - Breaking through the quantum barrier
2016-Feb-11
39 minutes
How computers have changed the way we do physics - Structure in complex systems
2016-Feb-11
36 minutes
How computers have changed the way we do physics - Chaos and climate change
2016-Feb-11
51 minutes
Cosmology from General Relativity
2015-Sep-24
41 minutes
Gravitational lensing: one of the sharpest tools in an astronomer's toolbox
2015-Sep-24
46 minutes
General Relativity: what is it & why Einstein conceived it thus
2015-Sep-24
44 minutes
Basics of Anyons and Nonabelian Aharanov-Bohm Effect
2015-May-14
39 minutes
Knots, World-lines, and Topological Quantum Computation
2015-May-14
33 minutes
Quantum Computing
2015-May-14
48 minutes
Searches for Dark Matter
2015-Mar-24
40 minutes
Precision Studies of the Higgs
2015-Mar-24
32 minutes
The Standard Model and the LHC
2015-Mar-24
38 minutes
The impact of black holes on the Universe
2015-Mar-24
47 minutes
Black holes in the nearby Universe
2015-Mar-24
45 minutes
Black holes in Einstein's gravity and beyond
2015-Mar-24
44 minutes
Plasma tamed, fusion power and the theoretical challenge
2015-Mar-24
51 minutes
Turbulence: Plasma Unleashed
2015-Mar-24
55 minutes
Plasma: what it is, how to make it and how to hold it
2015-Mar-24
38 minutes
String Theory on the Sky
2015-Mar-24
32 minutes
Darkness Visible: The Hunt For Dark Matter
2015-Mar-24
30 minutes
Inner space meets outer space: Introduction
2015-Mar-24
33 minutes
Motility in Living Matter: from molecular motors to bacterial swarms
2015-Mar-24
48 minutes
Living Matter: a theoretical physics perspective
2015-Mar-24
48 minutes
Making the Vacuum Concrete
2015-May-21
48 minutes
Making the Vacuum Concrete (Slides)
2015-May-21

Matter Emerges from the Vacuum
2015-Mar-24
23 minutes
The Vacuum Comes Alive
2015-Mar-24
33 minutes