University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Evan Skillman
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Evan Skillman is an astrophysicist who studies helium abundances in dwarf galaxies to learn more about the very early universe. In the Big Bang theory, within the first three minutes, the material cools sufficiently to form the lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and a tiny bit of lithium. All of the heavier elements are made later by stars, so the amount of helium relative to hydrogen is a prediction and therefore a strong constraint on the Big Bang theory.


Did Dark Matter Just Get A Little Less Mysterious?

Abell 3827 Image.jpg

Using Hubble Space Telescope images, a team of astronomers studied a nearby cluster of galaxies that shows an unusually dense concentration of bright galaxies in its center. More »

Geller to Deliver Van Vleck Colloquium and Public Lecture

Margaret J. Geller

Margaret J. Geller, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will give a colloquium on the "Ultimate Mass of Galaxy Clusters" at 3:35 on Wednesday, April 22 in 150 Tate. In addition, she 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 lectures are free and open to the public. More »

Tate remodel slated for June 2015

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

Architects have completed a schematic design for an extensive remodel of Tate Laboratory of Physics. The building will be shutdown in June 2015 with work scheduled to be complete within 24 months. The renovation will seek to preserve the character of the building as a historic part of Northrop Mall while providing modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms. More »

Nolting wins NSF Fellowship

Chris Nolting

Chris Nolting, a first year graduate student in astrophysics has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award is for three years of support. Nolting's fellowship was one of 11 awarded to the College of Science and Engineering this year. More »

Noireaux wins prestigious grant for international research collaboration

Vincent Noireaux

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Vincent Noireaux has received a program grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization (HFSPO). Noireaux is the Principal Investigator of the grant for his research in biological physics which will be shared with his co-PI’s Albert Libchaber, Rockefeller University, (New York) Yusuke Maeda, Kyushu University, (Japan), and Albrecht Ott, Universität des Saarlandes (Germany). The whole team will share a total of $400,000 per year for three years. More »


Monday, April 27th
12:15 pm:
To be announced. —
Mark Pepin - University of Minnesota
2:00 pm:
Condensates and instanton-knot duality —
Alexander Gorsky
Tuesday, April 28th
12:20 pm:
To be announced. —
Joseph Sobek, UMN
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 110 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
​Spin-Fermion Model for d-wave Superconductivity —
Ruiqi Xing
Wednesday, April 29th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Probing TeV physics using neutron decays and nEDM —
Dr. Rajan Gupta, Los Alamos National Laboratory
3:35 pm:
Searching for Dark-Matter Axions —
Leslie Rosenberg, University of Washington
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, April 30th
12:05 pm:
Vihang Mehta and Claudia Scarlata
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