University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Brian Andersson prepares a lecture demonstration
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Ask Brian Andersson, assistant education specialist, in charge of the School of Physics and Astronomy lecture demonstration area, what his favorite demo is and he’ll tell you: “anything that explodes.” Which could describe a significant number of the over 1,000 demonstrations that Andersson has in his repertoire.


Mandic Group Plays Role in Double Discovery

Vuk Mandic

Scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed that they have observed gravitational waves for the first time. These ripples in the fabric of spacetime caused by a cataclysmic event in the distant universe, were predicted by Einstein a hundred years ago, but never before observed. Physicists have concluded that the observed waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. More »

Janssen receives research award

Michel Janssen

Professor Michel Janssen has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Janssen was honored for his studies of the history of physics, especially the relativity and quantum revolutions in the early twentieth century. More »

Hanany receives Taylor Award


Professor Shaul Hanany has received the 2016 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award. He is being recognized for his exceptional contributions to undergraduate education, teaching and mentoring. The honor comes with $3,000 to be used in professional development. Hanany will be formally recognized at the College of Science of Engineering Commencement Celebration in May. More »

Fernandes named Cottrell Scholar

Rafael Fernandes

Professor Rafael Fernandes has been named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The honor comes with a $100,000 award to be used in research and teaching. Fernades was one of 24 recipients in the fields of chemistry, physics and science. More »

Mandic on MPR

Professor Vuk Mandic was interviewed by Tom Crann on Minnesota Public Radio about the recent discovery of gravitational waves. Listeners can hear the audio of the recorded signal in the story.


Friday, May 27th
3:30 pm:
Thesis Defense in 142 WBOB
Jin Chen, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Jin Chen's thesis defense. Chen's advisor is Arkady Vainshtein.
Monday, May 30th
Friday, June 10th
08:00 am:
Monday, June 13th
Monday, July 4th
Friday, August 5th
Monday, September 5th
Thursday, September 22nd
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
To be announced. —
Lucy Fortson
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
To be announced. —
Vuk Mandic
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Wednesday, September 28th
1:25 pm:
Arun Bansil, Northeastern University
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