University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Prisca Cushman
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Professor Prisca Cushman is looking for WIMPS, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, as co-spokesperson on the Cryogenic Dark matter Search (CDMS), which is located in the Soudan Mine in Northern Minnesota.


Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes $119.4 million for Tate Lab Remodel

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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 »

Burnell wins CAREER Award

Fiona Burnell

Professor Fiona Burnell of the School of Physics and Astronomy has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Burnell's project is titled, "Topology and Symmetry in Physics Beyond the Landau Paradigm" and has received grant support for five years at $90,000 per year. There are only about 600 CAREER Awards given out per year across all fields of scientific endeavor. More »

Physics Force at Northrup Auditorium

Jon Anderson and Shaul Hanany

The Physics Force will present their annual winter shows for Minnesota's school-age children. The highly popular show - performed for over 20,000 spectators every year - demonstrates that physics is interesting, understandable and fun!The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite More »

A New Way to Die? Simulations Show Ancient Supermassive Stars Could Supernova

If supermassive stars—55,500 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—did exist when the Universe was very young, they could have died in a special kind of supernova. But if the stars were slightly more massive—56,000 solar masses—they would have become supermassive black holes, say astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota. Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). More »

School to add five new faculty in 2014

The School of Physics and Astronomy will welcome five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Professor Chubakov has accepted the the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Professor Perkins specializes condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner specializes in biologic physics and Professors Pribiag and Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists.


Tuesday, September 30th
12:20 pm:
Instanton calculus without equations of motion: semiclassics from monodromies of a Riemann surface —
Tobias Gulden, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
Synthetic signaling systems for biological discovery and design —
Casim Sarker, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 1st
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Beryllium Synthesis in the Early Galaxy —
Projjwal Banerjee, U Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Complex Oxides: From Minerals, to Electronic Heterogeneity, to Oxide Electronics —
Chris Leighton, University of Minnesota
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 2nd
12:05 pm:
Tessa Vernstrom, U British Columbia
12:15 pm:
Photon Lines From Decaying Goldstini Dark Matter —
Zachary Thomas (U. Minnesota)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
"Quantum phase transitions in topological Anderson insulators and superconductors" —
Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota
Friday, October 3rd
2:30 pm:
Star Formation as Seen by Low Mass Stars —
Dr. Nino Pangia, STSci
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