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Ask Brian Andersson, assistant education specialist, in charge of the School of Physics and Astronomy lecture demonstration area, what his favorite demo is and he’ll tell you: “anything that explodes.” Which could describe a significant number of the over 1,000 demonstrations that Andersson has in his repertoire.


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


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 »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »

Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

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Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. 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 »


Monday, March 25th
12:15 pm:
Tuesday, March 26th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Fast time variations in solar flare X-ray flux - A probe for particle acceleration —
Trevor Knuth
4:00 pm:
Physics Guided Machine Learning: A New Paradigm for Modeling Dynamical Systems —
Vipin Kumar
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Moire Band —
Yiming Wu
Wednesday, March 27th
1:25 pm:
Dirty Entangled Quantum Magnets —
Itamar Kimchi, University of Colorado - Boulder
Faculty Co-Host: Alex Kamenev
Thursday, March 28th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Fast, volumetric imaging with microscopes —
Jerome C. Mertz, College of Engineering, Boston University
12:10 pm:
Jin-Ah Kim and Liliya Williams
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Atom interferometry for fundamental physics and gravitational wave detection —
Jason Hogan, Stanford University
Friday, March 29th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
The multidimensional character of nucleosynthesis in core-collapse supernovae —
James Austin Harris, Oak Ridge National Lab
12:20 pm:
The temperature and doping dependence of the inverse spin Hall effect in n-GaAs —
Zhen Jiang
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