University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Andy Julin
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Andy Julin is a fourth year graduate student in experimental particle physics. He is part of the BESIII collaboration working under Professor Ron Poling and Dan Cronin-Hennessy. BESIII is an electron-positron detector located in Beijing, China which analyzes charm physics. Charm physics is the name given to the study of the charm or c quark, a subatomic particle that makes up other subatomic particles such as mesons and hadrons.


Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Cushman elected Vice-Chair of DPF; plans to improve funding success for young physicists

Priscilla Cushman

Professor Priscilla Cushman was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). The DPF is one of fifteen divisions within the APS focused on specialized research areas and includes scientists who study fundamental particles and fields, the design and development of accelerators and instrumentation techniques to carry out this research. Cushman plans to use her term to start a campaign of public and political visibility, including the creation of a policy track to improve career options for graduate students. More »

Physics Force announces winter shows


Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop on the University's campus January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free but reservations are required. The Physics Force will also perform a free public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM. More »

Chubukov, Fernandes and Greven given grant to form research center

Center for Quantum Materials faculty Andrey Chubukov, Martin Greven, Bharat Jalan, Rafael Fernandes, and Chris Leighton

Three faculty members in the School are part of a $2.6 million grant over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Professors Andrey Chubakov, Rafael Fernandes and Martin Greven from the School and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science professors Bharat Jalan and Chris Leighton. More »

Perkins named APS Fellow

Natalia Perkins

Professor Natalia Perkins was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "theoretical studies of the low-energy behavior of strongly correlated electron systems that exhibit an interplay of orbital and spin degrees of freedom."


Friday, December 2nd
2:30 pm:
Study Baryon Physics with Galaxy Groups and Clusters —
Ming Sun, U. Alabama, Huntsville
3:35 pm:
"On the Metaphysics of Biological Functions" —
Marcel Weber, University of Geneva
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Physics Research at the Highest Energies —
Roger Rusack, University of Minnesota
Monday, December 5th
12:15 pm:
Observational Tracers of Diffuse Baryon Dynamics in Clusters of Galaxies —
Larry Rudnick (University of Minnesota)
12:15 pm:
Larry Rudnick (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, December 6th
4:30 pm:
New insight into the phase diagram of the cuprates —
Martin Greven, School of Physics and Astronomy
Wednesday, December 7th
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics PAN 110
Saurabh Maiti, University of Florida
2:30 pm:
Chiral-spin modes in a 2D Fermi-Liquid with spin-orbit coupling —
Saurabh Maiti, University of Florida
2:30 pm:
Saurabh Maiti, University of Florida
Thursday, December 8th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Prof. Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
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