University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Martin Greven
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Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has led a research effort that found a link between quantum oscillations and charge order in high temperature superconductors. Superconductivity is a quantum mechanical phenomenon of exactly zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields that occurs in certain materials when cooled below a characteristic critical temperature.


CUWIP focuses on undergraduate women

Lucy Fortson at CUWIP welcome event

One hundred and twenty undergraduate women physicists from the Midwest region participated in the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP) hosted by the School in Tate Hall, January 17-19, 2020. More »

Kelly receives grants to study extremely magnified stars

Patrick Kelly

Prof. Patrick Kelly received more than $430,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study extremely magnified stars. Observing a very distant star whose image is being magnified by the gravity of a cluster of galaxies in the foreground, Kelly's group hopes to learn about stars and potentially dark matter in the form of black holes in the foreground cluster. The project will develop several exhibits for the Bell Museum. Kelly also received a grant for more than $447,000 and a large amount of time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to study dark matter using similar technique. More »

New Traineeship will train researchers at the intersection of astrophysics and data science

Vuk Mandic

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Vuk Mandic is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship designed to train graduate students in data science, in the context of the nascent field of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics. The new training program will be conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty, cutting across two Colleges and five programs and will provide a total of 30 annual stipends for graduate students, during 2020-2024, each in the amount of $34,000 plus tuition and fees. More »

First University of Minnesota-built small satellite launches

Jenna Burgett and Kyle Houser with a model of the cubesat satellite SOCRATES

Jenna Burgett a student in the School of Physics and Astronomy is a project leader for a group that will launch the first Minnesota-built 'cubesat' into space. A cubesat is a small research satellite the size of a shoebox. Signal of Opportunity CubeSat for Ranging and Timing Experiments (SOCRATES) will observe gamma ray photons from deep space. Burgett and Kyle Houser, another member of the The Small Satellite Laboratory delivered SOCRATES in person to Houston for launch on November 2. More »

In Memoriam, Professor Cork Johnson


Professor Emeritus Walter "Cork" Johnson passed away in Minneapolis on September 24th at the age of 91. Cork was an expert on precision mass spectroscopy. A native of Minneapolis and a student of Al Nier, he received his BA, MA and PhD in Physics from the University. After a brief stint at General Electric, Cork joined the faculty of the School in 1958 and retired in 1993. More »


Monday, January 27th
12:15 pm:
Understanding Bursty Star Formation in Dwarf Galaxies, Its Effect on Galactic morphology, and Implications for Reionization —
Najmeh Emami, University of California, Riverside
1:25 pm:
Quantum phase transitions through the nano-lens: exploration and control with low- temperature nano-optics —
Alexander McLeod, Columbia University
Tuesday, January 28th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
Organizational meeting
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Analysis of Recent Supernova Models Using SN 1987A Neutrino Data —
Jackson Olsen, University of Minnesota
Thursday, January 30th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Observation of torsinA polymerization at the nuclear envelope —
Kwang Ho-Hur, UMN
3:35 pm:
Neutrino oscillations - the path to new physics? —
Andrew Furmanski, University of Minnesota
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, January 31st
12:20 pm:
There will be no sack lunch this week
12:30 pm:
Physics beyond the standard model from Higgs Parity —
Keisuke Harigaya (IAS)
Candidate for SPA Faculty Position
2:30 pm:
Building a comprehensive geologic record of Gale Crater, Mars, from both space-based and in-situ rover observations —
Valerie Fox, CalTech
3:35 pm:
Enslaved Histories: Value, Risk, and the Imagination of the Quantifiable Body in the Early Modern Iberian Atlantic —
Pablo Gomez, Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
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