University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
James Kakalios
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Professor James Kakalios is a condensed matter experimental physicist whose research involves the growth and study of materials that combine amorphous and nanocrystalline semiconductors. Kakalios and his colleague and collaborator, Prof. Uwe Kortshagen in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota are hoping to get the best of both worlds out of these entirely new, hybrid materials. The composites combine the ease of deposition over large areas at low cost provided by amorphous silicon with the superior electronic properties of crystalline silicon.


Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. More »

Glesener receives NSF CAREER Award

Lindsay Glesener

Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Recipients will receive up to $500,000 from NSF for their projects. Her project “Focused Hard X-ray Study of Energy Releases on the Sun and Stellar Objects” is intended to form an important link between the high-energy solar and astrophysics communities, and offers an opportunity to study flares on the Sun and other stars. More »


Monday, September 24th
12:15 pm:
Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey —
Joshua A. Frieman, Fermilab
3:35 pm:
The pursuit of Majorana fermions in Kitaev materials —
Natalia Perkins, University of Minnesota
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Tuesday, September 25th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Primordial Black Hole formation in Inflation models —
Rafid Mahbub, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, September 26th
1:25 pm:
ARPES studies of the model cuprate HgBa2CuO4+d (Hg1201) —
Inna Vishik, UC Davis
3:35 pm:
To be announced
Thursday, September 27th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
A cell-free FRET-based assay for profiling the intrinsic efficacy of GPCR ligands —
Keehun Kim, graduate student in Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan’s lab, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Pressure as a Probe for Atoms, Molecules and Planets —
Raymond Jeanloz, UC Berkeley
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium
Friday, September 28th
12:20 pm:
Elastic transmission of a Helium beam through a slab of superfluid Helium —
Shuhui Luo
12:30 pm:
Vladimir Rosenhaus (IAS)
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium. Physics Colloquium speaker is a planetary physicist.
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