University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Yilikal Ayino
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Yilikal Ayino is a graduate student doing condensed matter experiments, working in Vlad Pribiag’s laboratory. Pribiag’s lab is interested in two areas of research, quantum spin transport and Majorana physics in condensed matter systems. The focus is on low dimensional systems – two dimensional electron gases, nanowires, and quantum dots. The group is especially interested in materials that have high spin-orbit coupling, such as Indium antimonide or indium arsenide.


BECEP array installed at South Pole

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Professor Clem Pryke and his group are on their way back to Minnesota from the South Pole in Antarctica after completing installation of the new BICEP Array Telescope. Over the next few years this specialized radio telescope will study the Cosmic Microwave Background - an afterglow from the Big Bang - looking for the imprint of gravitational waves from the beginning of time. The project, which has been several years in the making, is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, Caltech, Harvard and Stanford. More »

Fernandes group improves understanding of high temperature superconductors


Prof. Rafael Fernandes and Dr. Morten Christensen are part of a collaboration that seeks to better understand the interplay between structural distortions and superconductivity in nickel-based materials. Structural distortions are commonplace in many high-temperature superconducting materials, and experimentalists recently identified one material in which fluctuations associated with a structural distortion lead to a six-fold increase in the superconducting critical temperature. More »

New Traineeship will train researchers at the intersection of astrophysics and data science

Vuk Mandic

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Vuk Mandic is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship designed to train graduate students in data science, in the context of the nascent field of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The new training program will be conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty, cutting across two Colleges and five programs and will provide a total of 30 annual stipends for graduate students, during 2020-2024, each in the amount of $34,000 plus tuition and fees. More »

First University of Minnesota-built small satellite to deploy soon

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The first Minnesota-built CubeSat, a small satellite the size of a shoe-box, named Signal of Opportunity CubeSat for Ranging and Timing Experiments (SOCRATES) will observe X-ray and gamma ray photons from the Sun and other astrophysical sources. It will be deployed from the International Space Station at 7:00 a.m., February 12th. The satellite was built by a team of students including project leader Jenna Burgett, a physics major. The group will watch the deployment in the Akerman Hall hangar and will meet with interested students at that time. More »

CUWIP focuses on undergraduate women

Lucy Fortson at CUWIP welcome event

One hundred and twenty undergraduate women physicists from the Midwest region participated in the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP) hosted by the School in Tate Hall, January 17-19, 2020. More »


Monday, February 24th
12:15 pm:
Testing gravity and dark energy with gravitational waves —
Jose Maria Ezquiaga Bravo, NASA Einstein Fellow, University of Chicago
Tuesday, February 25th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
No seminar this week
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Dynamical modeling of baryon stopping in relativistic heavy-ion collisions at RHIC Beam Energy Scan and CERN SPS energies —
Chun Shen, Wayne State University & RIKEN BNL Research Center
Wednesday, February 26th
1:30 pm:
The Condensed Matter Seminar will be on Thursday this week only.
Thursday, February 27th
10:00 am:
Electronic Pairing at Ultra Low Density —
Jonathan Ruhman, Bar-Ilan University
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
12:10 pm:
Alexander Criswell
1:30 pm:
Mesoscopic conductance fluctuations in disordered Majorana wires —
Daniil Antonenko, Skoltech / L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
Please note the date and time of the seminar
3:35 pm:
The NANOGrav search for nanohertz gravitational waves —
Xavier Siemens, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, February 28th
12:20 pm:
MM:12.20  Alex Hamill,  12.35 Fei Chen, 12.50  Saumitran Kasturaringan, 13.15  Lis Stolik 13.30  Wen-Han Kao13.45  Cody Schimming
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