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C. C. Huang
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For the past ten years, Cheng-Cher “C.C” Huang and his collaborators have been exploring properties of liquid crystals with a technique called resonant x-ray scattering. This is the most reliable and effective method for getting to the specific liquid crystal states that Huang and his group are researching. Liquid crystals, a phase of matter between a liquid and a solid, have been used in technologies from high-resolution camera viewfinders to large-area “liquid crystal displays” used in monitors


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 23rd
12:05 pm:
Taryn Heilman
12:15 pm:
Light Hidden Sectors and Low-Energy Searches —
David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Probing Biological Systems Using Frequency Swept Pulses: MRI Contrasts in High Rotating Frames " —
Shalom Michaeli, Department of Radiology, UMN
Friday, October 24th
2:30 pm:
Revealing the Core of Active Galactic Nuclei Through Infrared Polarimetry —
Dr. Enrique Rodriguez,l U Texas-San Antonio
3:30 pm:
Visualizing the Body: The Convergence of Art, cadaver, & Medical Knowlege —
Symposium on Vesalius
Refreshments served in Room 555 Diehl Hall at 3:00 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Quantum spin transport and Majorana modes in topological insulators and semiconductor nanowires —
Vlad Pribiag, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 29th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Implications of the first high-energy astrophysical neutrino events in IceCube —
Matt Kistler (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford)
3:35 pm:
Communicating the Heisenberg relations: Niels Bohr and the forgotten Einstein-Rupp Experiments —
Jeroen van Dongen
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 30th
12:05 pm:
Mehdi Lemee'
12:15 pm:
Liam Fitzpatrick (Stanford U.)
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