University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Karl Young
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Karl Young is a graduate student in Shaul Hanany’s observational cosmology group, working on EBEX. EBEX is a planned balloon-borne telescope designed to observe polarization patterns in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The CMB is a remnant from the Big Bang. Physicists are searching the CMB for evidence of “B Modes”, a theorized polarization pattern imprinted in the CMB by the gravitational waves produced by the expansion of the universe during the Big Bang. Gravitational waves were theorized by Einstein and are a wave caused by the movement of a very large body in space.


Marx to deliver Erikson Public Lecture

Jay Marx

Dr. Jay Marx, Senior Advisor, LIGO Laboratory, California Institute of Technology will talk about "The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" on May 6 at 4:00 p.m. in 101 Fraser Hall. More »

Pre-Commencement Reception

The College of Science and Engineering graduation ceremony will be Friday, May 13, 2016. There will be a pre-ceremony reception in PAN 110 at 4:00 p.m. for graduates, family, friends, and faculty.

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 »


Monday, May 2nd
12:15 pm:
Probing the Stochastic Gravitational-wave Background in the Advanced LIGO Era —
Patrick Meyers, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, May 3rd
12:00 pm:
Partitioning of Energy Flow from Reconnection —
Evan Tyler, University of Minnesota
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 120
Universal post-quench coarsening and quantum aging at a quantum critical point —
Peter Orth
Wednesday, May 4th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Michael Guy Poirier, Ohio State University
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
There will no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, May 5th
12:05 pm:
Karl Young and Claudia Scarlata
2:30 pm:
A Model of the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background due to Core Collapse to Black Holes —
Kyle Crocker, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Neutrinos, Antineutrinos, and No Neutrinos —
Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium. Student Awards will be presented at the start of Colloquium.
Friday, May 6th
08:00 am:
Last day of instruction before final exams.
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