University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Professor Robert Lysak
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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights have long been a subject of fascination in folklore and for those of us lucky enough to see them in northern latitudes. Professor Bob Lysak is a theoretician who has been studying the unique physics of aurora since the 1970’s. The classic model of the Aurora is that electrons trapped in the Earth’s magnetosphere are accelerated by quasi-static electric fields that form parallel to the Earth’s magnetic field and cause the light display.


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 »

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 scheduled to be launched on August 11, 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 »

Physics and Astronomy major wins Astronaut Scholarship

Aliza Beverage

Aliza Beverage, a junior studying the origin of stars with Professor Robert Gehrz, has been named a 2018 Astronaut Scholar. The scholarship provides $10,000 for a year of study for sophomores and juniors pursuing a research-oriented career. More »


Monday, August 20th
5:00 pm:
Caner Unal
This is the public portion of Mr. Unal's Thesis Defense. His adviser is Marco Peloso.
Monday, September 3rd
Thursday, September 6th
3:35 pm:
Walter Kohn and the Creation of Density Functional Theory —
Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 7th
12:20 pm:
Brenda Knauber
3:35 pm:
Four Facts Everyone Ought to Know About Science —
Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wednesday, September 12th
1:25 pm:
Elbio Dagotto, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thursday, September 13th
3:35 pm:
Raman Sundrum, University of Maryland College Park
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, September 14th
12:20 pm:
Dmitry Chichinadze
12:30 pm:
Wednesday, September 19th
1:25 pm:
Ali Yazdani, Princeton University
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