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Academic Report: What is wave? ---- On Gravitational Wave and 2017 Nobel Prize


Time: 18:30, Oct. 14th (Saturday), 2017

Venue: A104 Lecture Hall, Building of Electrical Engineering, West Campus

Topic: What is wave? -- On Gravitational Wave and 2017 Nobel Prize

Lecturer: Zexian Cao

About the Lecturer: Mr. Zexian Cao, born in 1966, graduated from the Department of Physics of University of Science and Technology of China in 1987 and received his Doctorate in Physics from Kaiserslautern University in Germany in 1997. He has been a member of the Institute of Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since 1998 and has been enrolled in the CAS “Hundred Talents Program”. Zexian Cao has published research papers in international journals such as Science, APL, PNAS, PRL, Advmat, and Nature, and nearly 200 articles in Chinese papers on physics and materials science. He is the editor, translator or author of many monographs including Etymologicon for Chinese Physics Learners (three volumes), The Beautiful Invisible, Thin Film Growth, An Extraordinary Thought: How the Giants in Science Are Tempered, and Quantum Mechanics for Kids. Cao is now a researcher at the Institute of Physics of the CAS, a columnist for the journal Physics, and an editor of Phys. Status Solidi and other journals.

About the Lecture: Wave is a key concept that permeates physics. This lecture will systematically explain related concepts of mechanical waves (various water waves), light waves, Maxwell’s equations & electromagnetic waves, matter waves/wave particle duality & quantum mechanics wave equations, Fourier analysis, and general relativity/gravitational waves in physics. It is expected to provide a clear evolution image for these physical concepts and clarify some misunderstandings about some theories related to waves and some measurements. Some comments on the 2017 Nobel Prize for Gravitational Wave Detection will also be made, and a brief review of the evolution of the Simple Relativity-Galileo Relativity-Special Relativity-General Relativity will be presented.


All teachers and students are welcome!

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                                            Oct. 11th, 2017

(Translated by Tong Xing)

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