The Department of Physics hosts a special Physics Public Lecture annually. The lecture is open to the general public and features one or more faculty or others members as presenters. The lecture typically highlites a recent success or successes of the department.

Physics Public Lecture - June 10, 2016

Dark Hole

The discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes 

Speaker: Dr. Harald Pfeiffer (CITA, University of Toronto)
Friday June 10 2016 at 7:30pm
River building 2200, Carleton University

Physics Public Lecture - April 9, 2015

What is the nature of dark matter? Why is there more matter than anti-matter? Are there additional particles and forces? These are some of the key questions still facing particle physics after the Higgs discovery. In this talk Prof. Thomas Gregoire, a theoretical particle physicist at Carleton University, will present ideas that try to shed light on these questions, and discuss how those ideas could be tested with particle colliders and other experiments.

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Physics Public Lecture - November 5, 2011

Why a little radiation is good for you: taking it to your heart

Saturday Nov 5, 2011, 10:30am-12pm
 Room 100, St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University

Elizabeth Orton
(Medical Physics PhD candidate)

Physics Public Lecture - November 14, 2013

 Taking Pictures of Your Inner Self Using Inner Magnetism

Physics Public Lecture - October 11, 2012

Discovery of the Higgs Boson  - The Mystery of Mass revealed


On July 4, 2012, CERN scientists announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle, the Higgs boson, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an accomplishment comparable to  landing on the moon: “the biggest scientific achievement of a generation” (Maclean’s).

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