University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Jan Zirnstein
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Jan Zirnstein says that when he started his job on the NOvA experiment he had no experience, apart from a 1000-level computer science course, in computer programming. Now he’s writing analysis software. He says that it is not unusual for students in experimental physics groups to arrive with little more than a willingness to learn. “After a month of sitting down and working on it, you’d be amazed at how much you have learned.”


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 Physics Circus for area school children. The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform The Physics Circus on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The Circus lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite page. 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 23rd
12:20 pm:
Sensitive detection of electron spins in FM/n-GaAs heterostructures using ferromagnetic resonance —
Changjiang Liu, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Production of high transverse momentum vector bosons reconstructed as single jets at ATLAS and its application to search for new particle at LHC —
Chunhui Chen, Iowa State
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 24th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
Some small steps toward Artificial Life —
Paul Chaikin, New York University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 25th
12:05 pm:
Melanie Beck and Tom Jones
12:15 pm:
Bringing Dark Matter into Focus —
Mariangela Lisanti (Princeton University)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Classical Wigner Crystals on flat and curved surfaces, topological defects, `pleats‘ particle fractionalization and grainboundary dynamics. —
Paul Chaikin, NYU
Friday, September 26th
1:30 pm:
Aspects of non-equilibrium many-body phenomena in quantum matter and light. —
Manas Kulkarni, The City University of New York, NYC College of Technology, USA.
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