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Sean Kalafut is a graduate student working on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN under the direction of Professor Roger Rusack. Kalafut’s research focuses on particle reconstruction in high pile-up. Kalafut uses a physical analogy to describe high pile-up. “Imagine two people are each standing four feet in front of you, and the distance between the two people is four feet. Each person is holding a camera with a flash, and each person takes a photo of you with the flash turned on.


Pribiag receives Sloan Fellowship

Vlad Pribiag

Professor Vladimir Pribiag has been selected as a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Pribiag is one of only 23 physicists to receive the fellowship this year. Pribiag's research focuses on electronic transport in low-dimensional materials. More »

Chaterjee wins CMS Award

Rajdeep Chatterjee (center) accepts an award from the CMS experiment

Dr. Rajdeep Chatterjee,Researcher at the School, was given an award for outstanding young scientists who have made significant contributions to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. More »

Local SPS named outstanding chapter

SPS Student at an outreach event

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Society of Physics Students was named an outstanding chapter for the year 2015. "SPS has continuously worked hard to provide opportunities for our members to thrive both in academic as well as social pursuits," said Chapter President, Levi Walls. More »

Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »


Monday, February 27th
12:15 pm:
Searching for the stochastic gravitational-wave background in Advanced LIGO's first observing run —
Patrick Meyers, UMN
Tuesday, February 28th
12:20 pm:
Field-Aligned Currents and Auroral Precipitation Mechanisms in the Earth's Magnetosphere —
John Dombeck, Physics, U Minnesota
Wednesday, March 1st
11:00 am:
Emergent disorder phenomena in correlated Fe-based superconductors —
Maria Navarro Gastiasoro, UMN
Note change of time and day for the seminar.
1:25 pm:
Practice talks for APS March Meeting
3:35 pm:
New physics with long-lived particles —
Abner Soffer, Tel Aviv University
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
Short meeting
Thursday, March 2nd
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:05 pm:
Tony Young and Julius Donnert
3:35 pm:
IceCube: Cosmic Neutrinos and More —
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, March 3rd
11:15 am:
Quark Matter 2017 - Synopsis —
Ming Li and Chris Plumberg, University of Minnesota
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