Welcome to the PAMS department seminars!

Attending seminars is a great way to expand ones knowledge in our areas of physics, astronomy, and materials science. Each semester, invited faculty from other universities and from MSU, PAMS alumni students, and our current graduate students give talks on their research or their work. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students of the PAMS department are highly encouraged to attend our seminars. The MSU community as a whole is also more than welcome to attend.

Seminars are either in Kemper Hall #206 or via Zoom on

Thursdays at 4 p.m.​​​​​​​

(unless otherwise noted)

Zoom meeting ID: 955 2509 1021


See the CNAS Events for other seminars, e.g., in Chemistry or Biology.

List of previous seminars.

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Title
8/26 PAMS Faculty First week of classes: Introduction for new graduate students

Rifat Ara Shams (PAMS)

Study of Structural, Electrical and Optical Properties of Copper Oxide Phase Mixture Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition
9/9 Bishwajite Karmakar (PAMS) Study of Structural and Magnetic Properties of Ni-NiO Thin Films
9/16 Dr. Adam Brandt
Colorado State University & NIST
A Measurement of the 2S1/28D5/2 Transition in Hydrogen
Dr. Brandt is an alumnus of the department. He recently finished his PhD and started working at NIST.
He will meet with students to answer questions related to PhD, career paths, job, etc. ​​​​​​​2:30-3:30 in Kemper 101M.

Abstract: Over the past decade, there has been renewed interest in precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen and hydrogen-like species due to the so-called proton radius puzzle. The proton radius puzzle arose largely due to a measurement of the Lamb shift on muonic hydrogen, a hydrogen atom where the electron is replaced a muon, which resulted in a determination of the proton radius that was in significant statistical disagreement with the proton radius obtained from hydrogen spectroscopy at the time. We present a new measurement of the 2S1/28D5/2 transition with a cryogenic hydrogen beam, and the spectroscopy laser directly referenced to a coherent optical frequency comb. The measured resonance frequency is 770649561570.8(2.0) kHz, which corresponds to a relative uncertainty 2.5x•10-12. Combining our result with the most recent measurement of the 1S-2S transition, we find a proton radius of rp=0.8581(50) fm and a Rydberg constant of R=10973731.568330(52) m-1. Our result has a 3.4 sigma disagreement with the proton radius obtained from the muonic hydrogen Lamb shift measurement and a combined 1.8 sigma disagreement with the 2014 hydrogenic world average.

Dr. Conal Murray
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Investigating Material Improvements in Superconducting Qubits
Abstract:​​​​​​​ The emergence of quantum computing has enabled new paradigms of solving problems on the path towards surpassing classical computing platforms. A critical link in its implementation is determining which constraints pose the greatest limitations on qubit performance. After a brief introduction into superconducting transmon qubits, I will describe several mechanisms that are responsible for the relaxation or decoherence of superconducting qubits and the corresponding methods that can be utilized to characterize their influence. The resulting analysis, based on analytical and computational approaches, provides guidance into the design of qubits and the metallization that comprises them, allowing for a more accurate comparison of parameters that can influence their manufacture and operation. I will also detail how these aspects provide a framework for understanding the evolution of IBM’s offerings in the era of near-term quantum computing.
9/30 Dr. Shun Saito
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Cosmic Acceleration and the Role of galaxy Surveys
Abstract: As featured in Nobel Prize Physics in 2011, the fact that the current universe experiences accelerated expansion is one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics. In this talk, I will overview our current understanding of the dark energy, unknown energy component attributed to explain the cosmic acceleration, from the observations in the last two decades, particularly focusing on the role of various galaxy redshift surveys. It is remarkable how much information a gigantic three-dimensional galaxy map provides to understand the nature of dark energy. I will introduce past, ongoing and future galaxy redshift surveys. In addition, I will briefly review the issues we are facing in cosmology such as the Hubble tension. ​​​​​​​
10/7 Fall break: no seminar  

Dr. Yicheng Guo
University of Missouri - Columbia


Dr. Maria Mills
University of Missouri - Columbia

Dr. Wai-Lun Chan
University of Kansas
11/18 Dr. Damena Agonafer
Washington University in St. Louis
11/25 Thanksgiving: no seminar
Dr. Rizal Hariadi
Arizona State University
Dr. Jingyi Chen
University of Arkansas
12/16 Finals week: no seminar

Previous Seminars

Spring 2021
Date Speaker Title

Dr. Jason Jackiewicz
New Mexico State University

Seismology of Sun and Stars
1/28 Dr. Michael Gordon
Æsir Technologies
Nickel-Zinc Battery Research Opportunities
2/4 Kwabena Asante Boahen (PAMS) ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Modeling of Argon Bombardment and Densification of Low-temperature Organic Precursors using Reactive Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Machine Learning
2/11 Dr. Oliver C. Grant
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia
Virus-Receptor Interactions of Glycosylated SARS-CoV-2 Spike and Human ACE2 Receptor
3/2 Bikash Timalsina (PAMS) Development of EAM and RF-MEAM Potential to Study Thermal Properties of Zirconium Diboride
Bishwajite Karmakar​​​​​​​ (PAMS) Tuning Physical Properties of ZnO for Optoelectronics Applications
2/25 Dr. Cathy Wong
University of Oregon
In Situ Transient Absorption Spectroscopy During Materials Formation
3/4 Dr. Robert Baker
National eXtreme Ultrafast Science (NeXUS), Ohio State University
Watching Electrons Move at Interfaces: Visualizing Charge and Spin Dynamics Using Ultrafast XUV Spectroscopy

Alin Niraula (PAMS)

Transport Properties of Binary and Doped Diborides
Abiodun Odusanya (PAMS) A Study of Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Technique to Grow Carbon-based Materials
3/25 Shannon Dulz
University of Notre Dame
Cold Exoplanets: Ground-based Direct Imaging and Population Studies Planning for Future Space Missions
4/8 Dr. Vashti Sawtelle
Michigan State University, Lyman Briggs College
Research on Inclusive Practices: Supporting Two-Year College Transfer Students in the Physics Community
4/15 Dr. Ryan Behunin
​​​​​​​Northern Arizona University
Noise in Integrated Photonic Brillouin Lasers
4/22 Dr. Marilu Perez Garcia
Ames National Laboratory, Critical Materials Institute
Designing Ligands with Predetermined Metal Ion Selectivity using Electronic Structure Theory, Machine Learning, and Molecular Mechanics
4/23 Rifat Ara Shams (PAMS) Electrical and Optical Properties of CuO-Cu2O Phase Mixture for Solar Cell Application
4/29 Joshua Kern
Clemson University
Using ro-vibrational Emission from Protoplanetary Disks in Order to Observe Accretion and Planet Formation in Action
4/30 Abu Zobair (PAMS) Effect of Pulsed Laser Annealing on the Optoelectronic Properties of ZnO Thin Films
Sajal Islam (PAMS) Simulation and Fabrication of All Oxide Based Glass/ITO/TiO2/CuO/Au Heterostructure for Solar Cell Application
Fall 2020
Date Speaker Title
9/3 David Magness (PAMS) Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Atomic Layer Deposition
Tauhidul Islam (PAMS) Study of Size-controlled CoO@MnFe2O4 Core-shell Nanoparticle
9/10 Dr. Matthew Horton
​​​​​​​Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Democratizing Access to Materials Science with the Materials Project
9/17 Nadib Akram (PAMS) A Raman Study of Actinide Complex Species in Aqueous Chloride Solutions at High P-T Conditions
Sudha Krishnan (PAMS) Exploring Topological Weyl Semimetals Isostructural to YbMnBi2​​​​​​​ and Co2​​​​​​​MnGa
9/24 Dr. Andrew Mason
University of Central Arkansas
Do They Care, and Does It Matter? An Analysis of Learning Goals and Perceived Relevance of Introductory Physics to Life Science Majors
10/1 Dr. Jessica Krogstad
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Exploring the Potential of Concentrated Point Defects: Their Role in Mass Transport, Microstructural Evolution and Material Functionality

Dr. Paul Canfield
Ames National Laboratory &
​​​​​​​Iowa State University

Cooking, Fishing and Jogging through Phase Space: A Practical Guide to Discovering and Understanding New Materials
10/22 Dr. Dilpuneet Aidhy
University of Wyoming
Properties of Concentrated Alloys Predicted from Atomistic Calculations and Machine Learning
10/29 Abiodun Odusanya (PAMS)

A Study of Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) Technique to Grow Carbon-based Materials

Sajal Islam (PAMS) TiO2-CuO Heterostructure Solar Cell for Cost Effective and Better Optoelectronic Properties
11/5 Alin Niraula (PAMS) Predicting Thermal Conductivity of High Temperature Ceramics (Diborides)
Abu Zobair (PAMS) Effect of Pulsed Laser Annealing on ZnO Thin Films
11/12 Dr. Alannah Hallas
University of British Columbia
Competing Orders and Phases in Pyrochlore Magnets
11/19 Bikash Timalsina​​​​​​​ (PAMS) EAM and RF-MEAM Interatomic Potential Development to Study Thermal Properties of Zirconium Diboride
12/3 Dr. Catherine Espaillat
Boston University
A Panchromatic View of Variability in Protoplanetary Disks
Spring 2020
Date Speaker Title

Yuxuan Lu (PAMS)

Reactive MD Simulation on the Formation of Amorphous Sub-nano Alumina Layer 
Moudip Nandi (PAMS) Synthesis and Characterization of Barium Titanate and Carbon-based Core-Shell Nano Particles
1/30 Abdullah Shafe (PAMS) Magnetic Properties of NiO Based Magnetic Heterostructured Nano Crystals (MHNCs)
Joy Roy (PAMS) Fabrication of CFO@C Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Laser Ablation
2/6 Dr. Mallory Molina
Montana State University
Resolving Black Hole and Star-Formation Activity in Nearby Galaxies
2/7 Dr. Mallory Molina
Montana State University
Towards a More Inclusive Astronomy: Building Community for All in Academia
2/13 Christopher Robledo (PAMS) Heterostructure of 2D Materials
Shahidul Asif (PAMS) Study of ZnO for Thin Film Transistor
2/20 Dr. Bharat Ratra
Kansas State University
The Accelerating Expanding Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Einstein's Cosmological Constant, or Why Jim Peebles was Awarded Half of the 2019 Physics Nobel Prize
2/27 Dr. Wouter Montfrooij
University of Missouri, Columbia
Does Spontaneous Fragmentation of a Magnetic Lattice Lead to Heavy Fermion Behavior?
3/5 Dr. Ariful Haque
North Carolina State University
Fabrication of Q-carbon and Diamond Films by Ultrafast Laser Processing and Deposition for Electron Field Emission and Electrocatalysis Applications


Fall 2019
Date Speaker Title

Rajan Khadka (PAMS)

Study of Amorphous Boron Carbide (a-BxC) Materials using Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Hybrid Reverse Monte Carlo (HRMC)
Muztoba Rabbani (PAMS) Development of Multicomponent EAM Potential for Ni Based SuperAlloy

Hayley Sohn
University of Colorado Boulder

Active Liquid Crystal Skyrmions

9/12 Sabila Kader Pinky (PAMS) Molecular Dynamics (MD) Study of Creep Deformation in Ni-based Superalloy
9/19 Moudip Nandi (PAMS) Synthesis and Characterization of Oxide Carbide Core Shell Nano Particles
Joy Roy (PAMS) Fabrication of CFO@C Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Laser Ablation
9/26 Abdullah Shafe (PAMS) Structural and Magnetic Properties of NiO@MnxNi1-xO Core-Shell Nanoparticles Synthesized at Varying pH Values
Sinjan Majumder (PAMS) Development of a CVD Assisted PLD System for Growing Thin Films
10/3 Dr. Alexander Kozhanov
Georgia State University
Spin Waves in Structured Ferromagnetic Materials


Dr. Lloyd Lumata
University of Texas Dallas

Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance: Enhancing NMR and MRI Signals by >10,000-fold for Real-Time Metabolic Assessment of Cancer


Dr. Marco Cavaglià
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Unraveling the Universe's Deepest Mysteries with Gravitational Waves
10/31 Dr. Rao Khan
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
Keeping Physics Relevant in Ever-changing Practice of Radiological Medicine
11/7 Dr. Yew San Hor
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Promising Candidates for Topological Superconductors

11/14 Christopher Robledo (PAMS) Heterostructure of 2D Materials
Shahidul Asif (PAMS) A Comparative Study of Characteristics of ZnO TFT for Various Substrate and Fabrication Parameters
12/5 Dr. Emmett Redd
Missouri State University
Mathematics and Physics: How to Make Artificial Intelligence More Like Biological Intelligence