Greg Pawloski is an expert on antimatter. As such he works on one of the great unsolved mysteries of physics: what is the cause of the great asymmetry in matter and antimatter? Physicists have long theorized that there are antiparticles for every particle in the Universe and that these annihilate one another in pairs. Yet, if there were an equal number of anti-matter particles, there would be no matter in the Universe.
MN House Bill Recommends Full Funding for Tate Renovation
A proposal in the Minnesota House of Representatives recommends full funding to design, renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. The bill sponsored by DFL Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee, is expected to be voted on in this legislative session. The MN State Senate is expected to pass their bonding bill next week. More »
When Gravity Rocked the Universe
Right after its birth in the Big Bang, the infant universe threw the mother of all tantrums. In an instant it ballooned from smaller than an atomic nucleus to something much larger than its currently observable size. (Yes, the universe is bigger than we can currently observe.) More »
Dahlberg wins APS Nicholson Medal
Professor Dan Dahlberg won the 2013 Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach. Dahlberg received the award from the American Physical Society "For his unique activities in conveying to the general public the excitement and value of physics predominantly through the development and continued leadership of the program The Physics Force."
The Last Block: NOvA far detector complete
The last piece of the NOvA far detector was put into place at 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th. The far detector consists of thousands of modules filled with liquid scintillator. The NOvA far-detector is the world's largest free-standing PVC structure. More »
Time Capsule of the Big Bang
Using one of the world's premier telescopes, University of Minnesota astrophysicists Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn have discovered a priceless relic of the Big Bang in the Milky Way's back yard. More »
Wednesday, April 23rd
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 131 Physics
There will be no Colloquium this week due to the PAN Grand Opening
Thesis Defense in 236A Physics
A Computational Method for Investigating Bifurcations in Oscillatory Biochemical Reaction Networks —
Noah Trebesch, University of Minnesota
Thursday, April 24th
Grand Opening Open House in Physics and Nanotechnology Building
Session I of the open house runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Session II runs from 4-7 p.m.
MN Institute for Astrophysics Journal Club in B49 Physics
Kyle Dolan and Claudia Scarlata
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in 435 Physics
"Standard Clock in Primordial Density Perturbations and Cosmic Microwave Background" —
Xingang Chen (Cambridge, DAMTP)
Condensed Matter Seminar - Special Sack Lunch Seminars in 210 Physics
Using Dissipation to Tune Superconductivity in Ultra Thin Films / Observation of Microwave Induced Resistance Oscillations in 2D Hole Ge/SiGe Heterostructures —
Ilana Percher / Quentin Ebner (University of Minnesota)
Elementary Particle Physics Seminar in 110 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
Friday, April 25th
MN Institute for Astrophysics Colloquium in 210 Physics
Measuring Dark Energy to 1% Accuracy Using Cosmological Simulations —
Dr. Aline Kiessling, JPL
History of Science and Technology Colloquium in 275 Nicholson Hall
"Carnap and Logic in the 1920s and 1930s" —
Richard Zach, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
Physics Education Seminar in 157 Physics
PER Research Methods and Current Research Overview —
Brita L. Nellermoe, University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas