University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Claudia Scarlata
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Claudia Scarlata is an astrophysicist who studies the formation and evolution of galaxies. One question her research examines is the effect of galaxy formation on the so-called “reionization problem.” In the early universe, about 380,000 years after the Big Bang, free protons and electrons combined to form neutral hydrogen. This process produced a photon after-glow known as the Cosmic Microwave Background. A few hundred million years later, the neutral hydrogen was reionized—i.e. it absorbed high energy photons, released its bound electrons and became ionized hydrogen.


Tate remodel slated for June 2015

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics

Architects have completed a schematic design for an extensive remodel of Tate Laboratory of Physics. The building will be shutdown in June 2015 with work scheduled to be complete within 24 months. The renovation will seek to preserve the character of the building as a historic part of Northrop Mall while providing modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms. More »

Emeritus Professor Erwin Marquit 1926 - 2015

Erwin Marquit

Erwin Marquit died on February 19, 2015 at his home in Minneapolis, at the age of 88. Erwin was born in 1926 in New York City, and was an alumnus of City College. He lived in Poland as a refugee from McCarthyism from 1951-1963, where he received his doctorate in Physics from the University of Warsaw. More »

Woodward elected Vice President of AAS

Chick Woodward

Professor Charles "Chick" Woodward was elected Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He will begin his term in the summer of 2015. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.

Burnell Receives Sloan Fellowship

Fiona Burnell

Fiona Burnell selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. Burnell is one of 126 early-career scholars or "rising stars" to receive a $50,000 grant this year. More »

MN PhysTEC Program in 5+ Club

Three men, two younger, one older, the older one is explaining a mettalic sphere and one of the younger ones is holding a stick up to the sphere

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the initial inductees into “The 5+ Club,” a group of institutions that has graduated five or more physics teachers in a given year. Last year, the School of Physics and Astronomy graduated seven physics majors who are obtaining their high school physics teaching license. The great majority of institutions graduate less than two physics teachers a year, and the most common number of graduates is zero. More »


Monday, March 30th
12:15 pm:
Cosmic Ray Interactions: Implications for Nearby Starbursts —
Tova Yoast Hull, University of Wisconsin
1:25 pm:
Coherent control over diamond nitrogen-vacancy center spins with a mechanical resonator (and other recent results) —
Greg Fuchs, Cornell
Tuesday, March 31st
12:20 pm:
Spin Transport in CVD Graphene Using Co/AlOx contacts —
Gordon Stecklein, UMN
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in 236A Tate
Classifying Fractionalization —
Brent Perreault
Wednesday, April 1st
08:00 am:
Untitled in Physics
3:35 pm:
Deciphering Electron Matter in Unconventional Superconductors —
Laura Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, April 2nd
12:05 pm:
Mehdi Lame'e
12:15 pm:
Resurgent SUSY, Accidental SUSY and String Theory —
Chris Brust (Perimeter Institute)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Magnetoresistance near a quantum critical point —
James Analytis, UC Berkeley
Friday, April 3rd
2:00 pm:
Pasha Bolokhov
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