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School of Physics & Astronomy
Clem Pryke at the South Pole with the Keck Array team
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Clem Pryke is a cosmologist who uses telescopes at the South Pole in Antarctica to learn about the origins of the Universe. Over the last couple of decades cosmology has moved from being the domain of mystics and philosophers to being a hard observational science. One of the pillars of this progress has been measurements of the radio "after-glow" of the Big Bang - known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB).


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 »


Wednesday, October 17th
1:25 pm:
Imaging Nanoscale Disorder in Reciprocal Space —
Raymond Osborn,Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
No journal club this week
Thursday, October 18th
12:05 pm:
Evan Tyler, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in B50 Tate 
Terry Hwa, Department of Physics, University of California at San Diego Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
(Note: Terry Hwa will not give a Biophysics Seminar but just a colloquium)
3:35 pm:
Bacterial growth laws and the origin of dimensional reduction —
Terry Hwa, University of California, San Diego
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, October 19th
12:20 pm:
Neutron scattering study of antiferromagnetic excitations in HgBa2CuO4+δ —
Zach Anderson
12:30 pm:
Hidden symmetries and Goldstone bosons from higher dimensions? —
Emilian Dudas (Ecole Polytechnique)
2:30 pm:
Blowing Away Exoplanets: The Photo-evaporation of Planetary Atmospheres —
Adam Frank, University of Rochester
3:35 pm:
Mechanical Quackery: Electrical Cures for Deafness in the United States, 1880-1930 —
Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Novel Quantum Physics in van der Waals Nanostructures —
Ke Wang, Condensed Matter
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