University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Marco Peloso
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Marco Peloso is a theorist working in the area of cosmology (the study of the early Universe). His research focuses on models of inflation, which is a period of accelerated expansion that took place very early in the life of the Universe. Observational cosmologists look for the signatures of inflation in the forms of gravitational waves and of density perturbations, which can be seen as small ripples in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) data.


Greven named McKnight Professor

Martin Greven

Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Greven's research in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. Greven will receive a grant of $100,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Dahlberg receives education award

Dan Dahlberg

Professor Dan Dahlberg of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education by the University. Recipients of the award are made members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and are conferred with the title of "Distinguished University Teacher." Dahlberg will also receive a $15,000 award to go toward toward research support. More »

SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »


Monday, March 26th
12:15 pm:
Relaxation of dark matter halos: distribution in energy and angular momentum —
Liliya L.R. Williams, UMN
Tuesday, March 27th
3:35 pm:
Hyperbolic waves in Nature: from nano to Ter(r)a —
Michael Fogler, University of California, San Diego
Wednesday, March 28th
2:30 pm:
Synthesis as the Heart of New Materials Physics —
Paul Canfield (Iowa State)
Note special time: seminar starts at 2:30 (not 1:25)
3:30 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Physics 201-20
Comparing the energetic particle populations of planetary magnetospheres —
Barry Mauk, APL
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, March 29th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Integrating experimental and computational approaches to elucidate mechanisms of binding in multivalent proteins —
Wesley Errington, Molecular Cell Engineering Laboratory, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Brian O'Neill
3:35 pm:
New perspectives on Jupiter’s novel space environment and aurora from NASA’s Juno mission —
Barry Mauk, APL
Friday, March 30th
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
There will be no seminar this week.
12:20 pm:
To be announced.
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