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Greg Pawloski is an expert on antimatter. As such he works on one of the great unsolved mysteries of physics: what is the cause of the great asymmetry in matter and antimatter? Physicists have long theorized that there are antiparticles for every particle in the Universe and that these annihilate one another in pairs. Yet, if there were an equal number of anti-matter particles, there would be no matter in the Universe.


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

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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 »

Five 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, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. 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 and Jake Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Thursday, October 30th
11:20 am:
Thesis Defense in PaN 110
Non-equilibrium spin accumulation in Co_2 Fe_x Mn_(1-x) Si/GaAs heterostructures —
Kevin Christie, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Christie's thesis defense.
12:05 pm:
Mehdi Lemee'
12:15 pm:
The Conformal Bootstrap Near the Light-cone —
Liam Fitzpatrick (Stanford U.)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Quantum phase transitions and disorder: Griffiths singularities, infinite randomness, and smearing —
Thomas Vojta, Missouri University of Science and Technology
7:00 pm:
The Inaugural MIfA Public Lecture in Bell Museum Auditorium
Viewing the Birth of the Universe from the Bottom of the World —
Dr. Clem Pryke, Professor, U of Minnesota
Friday, October 31st
2:00 pm:
Wilsonian and Large N approaches to Quantum Critical Metals —
Liam Fitzpatrick (Stanford U.)
2:30 pm:
The Radioscience Experiment (REX), on the New Horizons Mission to Pluto —
Ivan Linscott, Stanford
3:35 pm:
A Virtuous Theorist’s Theoretical Virtues: Einstein on Physics versus Mathematics and Experience versus Unification —
Jeroen van Dongen, History of Science, University of Amsterdam/Utrecht University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Theory of correlated materials: from high-temperature superconductors to quantum magnets —
Rafael Fernandes, University of Minnesota
Monday, November 3rd
12:15 pm:
Kristy McQuinn, U Minnesota
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