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Two University astronomers, Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys have discovered that a massive binary star system, Eta Car is returning to its original state: that of a hot star easily visible in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Davidson and Humphreys have observed Eta Car since the Hubble Space Telescope first came online in 1990. This series of observations has given them solid evidence that Eta Car-- sometimes called the poster child for very massive stars, because it is the most massive star that is close enough to Earth to be easily observed—is experiencing dramatic changes.


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 »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." 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 »


Tuesday, November 13th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
1:15 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Kinetic Alfven Waves and Juno Observations of Auroral Particle Acceleration at Jupiter —
Bob Lysak, University of Minnesota
Please note: early start time for the seminr, this week only.
Wednesday, November 14th
1:25 pm:
Gauge theories of fluctuating antiferromagnetism for the cuprate superconductors —
Mathias Scheurer, Harvard University
3:35 pm:
To be announced
Thursday, November 15th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in PAN 120
Single-molecule studies of protein-DNA interactions —
John Marko, Northwestern University
12:05 pm:
Jett Priewe, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Physics of chromosome folding and disentanglement —
John Marko, Northwestern University
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, November 16th
12:20 pm:
Neutron and X-ray scattering study of the ferro-antiferromagnetic cross-over in Y1-xLaxTiO3 —
Sajna Hameed
12:30 pm:
A solvable deformation of Quantum Mechanics —
Alba Grassi (SCGP Stony Brook)
2:30 pm:
Connecting the first stars in the universe to the Milky Way —
Brian O'Shea, Michigan State University
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