University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Chaoyun Bao
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Chaoyun Bao is a graduate student in professor Shaul Hanany's Observational Cosmology lab. Hanany's group launched a microwave telescope called EBEX on a balloon at high altitude from Antarctica in 2012. During the balloon's 28-day trip around the Antarctic sky it gathered data on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), which is a remnant signal from the Big Bang. Bao's job is to do data analysis and simulation for EBEX, including separating polarization anisotropies from foreground contamination signal from our own Milky Way galaxy.


Tate Renovation: Construction is Under Way

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics

The Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project has moved into its two-year construction phase. In preparation, more than two hundred School of Physics and Astronomy faculty members, students and staff had to be relocated to other campus locations. This move was completed in less than the allocated time, allowing for restoration work and demolition for new construction to begin on schedule. More »

LHC Start-up Breaks Energy Record

One of the first collisions with

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland ended a two-year shut down recently. The LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. The collider will now run round the clock for the next three years. University of Minnesota Professors Yuichi Kubota, Jeremiah Mans and Roger Rusack are part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC. “We start a new era in LHC operations: search and discovery in a new energy regime," Rusack said. More »

Phenicie wins SPS Leadership award

Chris Phenicie

Chris Phenicie has received an Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Award. The award recognizes SPS members with high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies and the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics. Phenicie is the President of the University SPS chapter. The award in the amount of $2000 was funded by alumni of Sigma Pi Sigma.

Jones on Pluto Flyby

Terry Jones

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Terry Jones talks to local news about the Pluto mission and why it's important to astrophysicists.

Sachdev receives Lederman Fellowship

Kanika Sachdev

Research Assistant Kanika Sachdev recently received the Lederman Fellowship in Experimental Physics from Fermilab. The Lederman Fellowship is one of the most distinguished postdoctoral fellowships in experimental particle physics. More »


Monday, August 3rd
11:00 am:
Thesis Defence in 110 PAN
Role of Disorder in Quantum Crystals —
Abdul Malmi Kakkada, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Kakkada's thesis defense
1:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Noise and stochastic resonance in nanoscale magnetic particles —
Bern Youngblood, University fo Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Youngblood's thesis defense.
Wednesday, August 5th
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Friday, August 7th
Wednesday, August 12th
12:00 pm:
REU Weekly Seminar in 110 PAN
To be announced.
Thursday, August 27th
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in Carousel Park, MN State Fair
Saturday, August 29th
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in MN State Fair
Monday, August 31st
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in MN State Fair
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