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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.

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Kakalios video goes viral

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Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy made a video "Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes" that has had 1.6 million views in less than a week. Kakalios has written three popular physics books including the "Physics of Superheroes" making him a much sought-after expert commentator. More »

Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship

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Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »


Calendar

Friday, July 19th
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Pan 110
What Kramers and Arrhenius didn't expect: two-state switching out of thermal equilibrium. —
James Delles, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Delles' thesis defense. His advisor is Dan Dahlberg.
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Father Hennepin State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 20th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, July 26th
10:30 am:
Evan Moen
This is Evan Moen's PhD Thesis Defense. His advisor is Oriol Valls
12:30 pm:
A non-Abelian gauge theory approach to (pseudo) spin-charge coupled transport —
Dr. Cosimo Gorini Institut für Theoretische Physik Universität Regensburg
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 27th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, August 2nd
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Dodge Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, August 3rd
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in William O'Brien State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, August 9th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Gooseberry Falls State park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
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