University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
J J Nelson
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JJ Nelson, a graduate student in the Allen Goldman’s Superconductivity Laboratory is what’s known as a hardware guy. Nelson’s work bench is stacked with parts of various machines he’s repairing or building. For all the hardware solutions Nelson finds to improve his research-- such as a thermometer that he “grew” on the same chip next to his superconducting sample-- he stresses the importance of understanding the measurement, of which the hardware is just one part. A hardware guy has to have a good sense of what’s going on in the whole laboratory as well as understanding the physics.


Veit wins Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate Michael J. Veit has won the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. The prestigious Apker award recognizes outstanding achievements and potential for future scientific accomplishment in physics by undergraduate students. Only two winners are selected, one from a Ph.D.-granting institution, and one from a non-Ph.D-granting institution. More »

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes full funding for Tate Lab Remodel

Tate Lab Renovation.jpg

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding bill that includes funding to renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. Tate Lab renovation was a top priority for the Governor, the House and the Senate bonding requests. The project is now in the schematic design phase. More »

Goldman wins Buckley Prize

Allen Goldman

Allen Goldman has won the 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his "discoveries and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions." More »

Physics Force at Northrop Auditorium

Jon Anderson and Shaul Hanany

The Physics Force will present their annual winter shows for Minnesota's school-age children. The highly popular show - performed for over 20,000 spectators every year - demonstrates that physics is interesting, understandable and fun!The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite More »

Four New Faculty 2014-15

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner and Vlad Pribiag. Andrey Chubukov, a theoretical condensed matter physicist, holds the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Natalia Perkins’ research is in condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner focusses on biologic physics. Vlad Pribiag is a condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Friday, November 28th
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week-University Closed for Thanksgiving
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week-University Closed for Thanksgiving
Monday, December 1st
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, December 2nd
12:20 pm:
Magnetism in multi-orbital systems with strong spin-orbit coupling. —
Yuriy Sizyuk, University of Wisconsin-Madison
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, December 3rd
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Wave-Packet Treatment of Detection Rate in Accelerator Neutrino Experiments —
Cheng-Hsien Li, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
What Advanced LIGO is about to see —
Peter Saulson, Syracuse University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, December 4th
12:05 pm:
Vihang Mehta and Larry Rudnick
12:15 pm:
Causality Constraints on Corrections to the Graviton Three-Point Coupling —
Alexander Zhiboedov (Harvard U.)
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