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Galaxy NGC 2403 with SN54J in the upper left corner.
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Professors Roberta Humphreys and Kris Davidson and graduate student Michael Gordon in the School of Physics and Astronomy and their collaborator Schuyler Van Dyk at Caltech have solved the 63-year-old mystery of a supernova that wasn’t.

In 1954, a star in a nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2403, brightened by about 100 times. It was considered a supernova, the explosion, and annihilation of a giant star, and was named SN 1954J. Its eruption lasted about a year before it faded. But SN1954J was peculiar.


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

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


Tuesday, September 18th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Orbital Mirrors for Terraforming Mars —
Benjamin Frigo Vaz , Bionanotechnology Lab, UMn
4:00 pm:
Wednesday, September 19th
1:25 pm:
Visualizing quantum Hall liquids and their boundary modes —
Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
3:35 pm:
Organizational Meeting
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
No journal club this week
Thursday, September 20th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Determining the precision of networks in the living brain with multi-photon microscopy —
Prakash Kara, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
To be announced —
Trevor Knuth & Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Spotting the elusive Majorana under the microscope —
Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 21st
12:20 pm:
Simulating Crystal Growth in an Optical Floating Zone Furnace —
Scott Dossa
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