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Physicists at the School of Physics and Astronomy are using modeling techniques to make things easier for chemists working with polymers. Taher Ghasimakbari is a graduate student working in theoretical condensed matter physics on diblock copolymers, a family of materials with wide range of applications from drug delivery to strengthening plastics. Spandex and polyurethane are examples of block copolymers in the same family of materials as diblock copolymers ever since. This class of polymers were invented in the 1950s and have been studied extensively.


Mandic to deliver public lecture on gravitational waves

Vuk Mandic

Vuk Mandic, a member of the LIGO collaboration and Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy will deliver the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture, Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves. The lecture will take place in the Bell Museum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016. More »

Preskill to deliver public lecture on quantum computing

John Preskill

John Preskill of the California Institute of Technology will speak on "Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier" on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center for the 11th Annual Irving and Edythe Misel Family Lecture. More »

Physics Force announces winter shows


Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop on the University's campus January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free but reservations are required. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM ; it is free. More »

Shifman and Vainshtein win Dirac Medal

Mikhail Shifman ande Arkady Vainshtein

Professors Mikahil Shifman and Arkady Vainshtein were awarded the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2016 Dirac Medal and Prize in Theoretical Physics. They were cited for their "contributions to a better understanding of field theories in the non-perturbative regime and in particular for exact results in supersymmetric field theories." More »

NOvA finds unexpected neutrino behavior

Greg Pawloski

Scientists from the NOvA collaboration have announced an exciting new result that could improve our understanding of the behavior of neutrinos. More »


Monday, October 3rd
12:15 pm:
Neutrinos in the Cosmos: A Nobel Perspective —
Yong-Zhong Qian (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, October 4th
09:30 am:
EXACT: The Experiment for X-ray Characterization and Timing CubeSat —
Trevor Knuth and Julie Vievering, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 5th
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics 110 PAN
Composite fermions and the 2D field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition —
Srinivas Raghu, Stanford University
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev Model —
Xiaoyu Wang
Thursday, October 6th
11:15 am:
To be announced. —
Prof. Kris Dahl, Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and BioMedical Engineering
12:05 pm:
Karl Young
3:35 pm:
The other 95%: insights from strong gravitational lensing —
Tommaso Treu, UCLA
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, October 7th
10:10 am:
Event-by-event fluctuations and their consequence for Hanbury Brown-Twiss interferometry —
Christopher Plumberg, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Spin Hall effects in ultrathin heavy metal/ferromagnet bilayers —
Tim Peterson, University of Minnesota
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