University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Rafael Fernandes
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Most metals, when cooled below a certain temperature, become superconductors. A superconductor not only carries electric current without dissipation but it also expels the magnetic field from its interior. "Microscopically we understand that the system is in a new quantum state where pairs of electrons form bound states, called Cooper pairs, in a coherent way, " says Rafael Fernandes, a theoretical physicist who studies superconductivity.


First University of Minnesota-built small satellite to deploy soon

Jenna and Kyle_Crop.jpg

The first Minnesota-built CubeSat, a small satellite the size of a shoe-box, named Signal of Opportunity CubeSat for Ranging and Timing Experiments (SOCRATES) will observe X-ray and gamma ray photons from the Sun and other astrophysical sources. It will be deployed from the International Space Station at 7:00 a.m., February 12th. The satellite was built by a team of students including project leader Jenna Burgett, a physics major. The group will watch the deployment in the Akerman Hall hangar and will meet with interested students at that time. More »

Physics Force brings physics fun to thousands at Northrop

Rafael Fernandes in Physics Force show at Northrop

The Physics Force performed at Northrop to nearly 20,000 K-12 students in a series of ten sold-out shows from January 13-17 and two public performances for over 2500 adults and their families on January 18th. The hour-long Physics Force show brings physics to audiences of all ages in a humorous way, demonstrating that 'Physics is Fun', which is the troupe's byline. Approximately $8000 in busing grants have been awarded to support bringing minority students to the shows. Annual attendance for the Physics Force shows is near 35,000. 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 »

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 »

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 »


Tuesday, February 18th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
Characterization of Radiation Belt Electron Precipitation using Space-based X-ray Observations —
Prof. Robert Marshall,Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences University of Colorado Boulder
2:30 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, February 19th
1:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Thursday, February 20th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:10 pm:
Ian Lin
3:35 pm:
The Restless Universe (How the Periodic Table Got Built up) —
S. R. Kulkarni, Principal Investigator, Zwicky Transient Facility George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy & Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, February 21st
12:20 pm:
Impact of disorder on the coupled magnetic-nematic transitions of iron-based superconductors. —
Joe Meese
12:30 pm:
There is no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium. Physics Colloquium speaker Thurs: Shri Kulkarni, Caltech
3:35 pm:
Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South —
Kylie Smith, School of Nursing, Emory University
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
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