University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Jorge Vinals
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While most everyday observations of nature reflect its ever changing state, the subset of processes that physicists understand best are those in which the system studied is in equilibrium. Jorge Vinals is a theoretical physicist whose research focuses on systems that are out of equilibrium.

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Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes full funding for Tate Lab Remodel

Tate Lab Renovation.jpg

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding bill that includes funding to renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. Tate Lab renovation was a top priority for the Governor, the House and the Senate bonding requests. The project is now in the schematic design phase. More »

Geller to deliver Van Vleck Lecture

Margaret J. Geller

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will deliver the 2015 Van Vleck Lecture on the topic of "Click: The 3D Universe," on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in 150 Tate Laboratory of Physics. The lecture is free and open to the public. More »

Fernandes named McKnight Professor

Rafael Fernandes

Rafael Fernandes was named a 2015-2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor for his research, which "combines theoretical models and close collaboration with experimental groups to unravel the relationship between the microscopic behavior of quantum materials and their macroscopic properties."

Lysak wins Alfvén Medal

Bob Lysak

Professor Robert Lysak of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded the Hannes Alfvén Medal by the European Geosciences Union. The Medal honors scientists who have achieved exceptional international standing in Solar-Terrestrial Sciences. Lysak will deliver a lecture and receive the medal at a meeting in Vienna, Austria in 2015.

Vainshtein wins Wess Award

Arkady Vainstein

Professor Arkady Vainshtein of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute has won the 2014 Julius Wess Award, presented by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Center for Elementary and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA). More »


Calendar

Tuesday, January 27th
12:20 pm:
"The Spin Lifetime in Ferromagnet/GaAs Heterostructures" —
Tim Peterson, University of Minnesota
1:25 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Clustering of a cellular signaling complex provides a mesoscopic hierarchy for tuning pathway gain —
Elias Puchner, University of Minnesota
2:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 110 PAN
Electronic transport in nanocrystalline germanium/hydrogenated amorphous silicon composite thin films —
Kent Bodurtha, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Bodurtha's Thesis Defense.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Elementary Introduction to Fractional Quantum Hall Effects: A Chern-Simons Approach —
Chun Chen
Wednesday, January 28th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Ultracold Polar Molecules —
Deborah Jin (JILA, University of Colorado)
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, January 29th
12:05 pm:
Terry J. Jones
12:15 pm:
High Scale Supersymmetry and F-theory GUTs —
James Unwin (Notre Dame U.)
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