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Joseph Kapusta

I study the properties of matter and radiation at high energy-density using relativistic quantum field theory. More »

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Kenneth Heller

Professor Heller's research involves finding the most effective way to assist students in learning Physics. In particular he and his group are investigating better ways to teach problem solving using cooperative group techniques to solve context rich problems using more expert strategies. (http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed). More »

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John Broadhurst

John Broadhurst and his group study the role of nuclear reactions in locally enhancing the dose given to tumors and to bone. More »

Jochen Mueller

Jochen Mueller leads an experimental group who are studying the kinetic pathways that occur when proteins misassemble, a topic that has relevance in research on Alzheimer’s disease. More »

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Vincent Noireaux

Vincent Noireaux is an experimentalist in biophysics who studies in vivo and in vitro gene expression, artificial cell, cytoskeleton and artificial motility.

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Boris Shklovskii

Theorist Boris Shklovskii is studying, among other things, charge inversion in DNA with a computer simulation of electrophoresis (the migration of charged molecules such as proteins in an electrical field).

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Alexander Heger

I study the life and explosive death of massive stars and the origin of the elements, and am generally interested in nuclear astrophysics.I study massive and very massive stars (10-1000 solar masses); the first generations of stars in the universe (Pop III stars); evolution of rotating massive stars and the spin of their remnants; mixing and transport processes in the stellar interior; More »

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Yong-Zhong Qian

"My laboratory is a supernova," Yong Qian states matter-of-factly with a smile. Qian is a theoretical physicist studying neutrino oscillations, the change from one "flavor" to another as a neutrino moves through matter and space. This phenomenon occurs because a neutrino is created in one of three flavor states (or simply “flavors”), with three distinct mass states. More »

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Robert Lysak

Robert Lysak studies the fundamental theoretical understanding of the dynamics of plasmas in the Earth’s magnetosphere, as well as in other planetary magnetospheres, the solar wind, and other astrophysical environments. More »

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Playing with the building blocks of physics

When one imagines a room full of physicists in training, the image that comes to mind is perhaps not a group of students sitting around playing with Legos. But that is precisely the metaphor used by Kurt Wick to describe his classes in the Methods of Experimental Physics. The students do not play with actual interlocking colored bricks, but rather bits of computer systems that might fit together in larger experiments. More »


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