Condensed Matter Journal Club


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Frequently Asked Questions

    (If your query is not listed below please feel free to contact us by mail or, in person.)

  • When and where does the Journal Club meet?
    Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 at ABB 431.

  • Who can become a member?
    The journal club is meant for all members of the condensed matter physics community in the
    department. If you are part of this community then you are automatically considered
    to be a member.

  • How do I sign-up for a talk?
    One may sign up on the homepage (refer to the panel on the left). Alternatively,
    one may sign up by mailing the organizers. However, the first option is recommended.

  • How do I choose a paper to present?
    Any recent high-profile paper in the field of condensed matter physics is appropriate
    for presentation at these meetings. We encourage students to discuss work somewhat outside
    of their area of expertise in order to gain a broader knowledge of the literature. A list
    of article suggestions is provided in the panel to the left, however we welcome presentations
    of articles not on this list.

  • Can I present my own work?
    Sure! But it's usually more interesting if we can discuss something that isn't
    commonly done at McMaster. This has a better chance of generating discussion and
    possibly even new research interests for the group. If you are a graduate student and
    you want to do so then we ask that you first consult with the organizers before
    signing up for a talk.

  • What is the expected duration of a talk?
    We encourage speakers to prepare talks that are roughly 30 minutes long. This allows plenty
    of time after the talk for discussion.

  • What are the duties of the speaker?
    The following constitutes the expected duties of the speaker:
    • Sign up.
    • Send the organisers the abstract and the title of the talk at least 7 days in advance.
    • If you need a laptop or, any other equipment please inform the organizers suitably well
      in advance.

  • How many talks can a graduate student present?
    We recommend that each graduate student gives at least one per talk per year. If there are still open time slots when everybody has had a chance to give a presentation then presenting multiple times during the year is certainly encouraged.

  • How do I cancel my talk?
    If for some reason you are unable to fulfill your commitment, we request you to inform the
    organizers by email as soon as possible so that a replacement may be arranged.

  • How do I contact the organisers?
    Please refer to the panel on the left.