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A New Way to Die? Simulations Show Ancient Supermassive Stars Could Supernova

If supermassive stars—55,500 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—did exist when the Universe was very young, they could have died in a special kind of supernova. But if the stars were slightly more massive—56,000 solar masses—they would have become supermassive black holes, say astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota. Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). More »

School to add five new faculty in 2014

The School of Physics and Astronomy will welcome five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Professor Chubakov has accepted the the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Professor Perkins specializes condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner specializes in biologic physics and Professors Pribiag and Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists.

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes $119.4 million for U of M projects

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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 »

Veit chosen as finalist for Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate, Michael J. Veit, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. Veit earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics with high distinction. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked for more than two years in Professor Martin Greven's laboratory, were he grew crystals and pursued state-of-the-art charge transport measurements of cuprate superconductors. More »

Multiverse controversy subject of Misel Lecture


Professor Andrei Linde of Stanford University will deliver the 9th Annual Misel Lecture, "Universe or Multiverse?" on September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center. Professor Linde will also deliver a School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, on September 17th entitled, "Inflation and Cosmological Attractors." More »


Monday, September 1st
Tuesday, September 2nd
12:20 pm:
Transport Measurements in the Cuprate Superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δ —
Mike Veit, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, September 3rd
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Organizational Meeting
Friday, September 5th
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, September 10th
3:35 pm:
Dark Energy and Type 1a SN —
Greg Aldering
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 11th
12:05 pm:
Integral Field Spectroscopy with the Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope —
Dr. Stephen Odewahn, McDonald Observatory
12:15 pm:
Radiatively-driven supersymmetric naturalness with implications for LHC, ILC, axion and WIMP detection —
Howard Baer
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Erez Berg
Friday, September 12th
2:30 pm:
Reflections from a Glassy Sea: The Beauty, Hazard and Utility of the Near-Earth Asteroids as Examined Through the Spacewatch Project —
Dr. Jeff Larsen, USNA
3:35 pm:
'A Maze of Unintelligibility': Psychotherapy and African American Patients at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, 1900-1940 —
Martin Summers, Department of History, African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Boston College
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
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