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Keith Olive

Olive interviewed by popular science writer, Gary Taubes

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Keith Olive was interviewed by popular science author, Gary Taubes. Taubes discusses some of Olive's research on Supersymmetry and the impetus behind some of his most heavily cited papers. More »

Shaul Hanany

Hanany made APS Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Shaul Hanany was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for developing novel techniques for, and making important measurements of, the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation and its polarization, particularly on balloon borne instruments." More »


Physics Force at the Convention Center

The Physics Force will perform a series of shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center between February 6-10, 2012. These shows are free and open to K-12 students and home school groups. There is a free public show in the evening of February 9th. RSVP is required. More »

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Kamenev writes book on non-equilibrium field theory

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Alexander Kamenev has a written a book called "The Field Theory of Non-equilibrium Systems" which has been published by Cambridge University Press. The book is intended to be a reference for advanced graduate students and researchers in condensed matter physics. More »


Officials break ground on Physics and Nanotechnology Building

Officials from the Minnesota State Legislature and University broke ground on the Physics and Nanotechnology building at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 12th. Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, Linda Cohen, Chair of the Board of Regents, Susan Von Mosch, Interim Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Tom Sullivan, Provost of the University and Steven Crouch, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering joined representatives from the School of Physics and Astronomy in lifting the ceremonial shovel. More »


Open House November 3rd

The School will hold an open house for prospective majors and high school students on Thursday, November 3, 2011. The event will include talks on jobs in physics, lab tours and an evening performance by the Physics Force. More »


Dyakonov to deliver special colloquium

Michel Dyakonov, a theoretical physicist who predicted the Spin Hall Effect will deliver a special colloquium: The Erikson Lecture. Dyakonov will deliver the lecture, "The Spin Hall Effect" on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Physics 131. More »


MINOS to help settle question of faster than light neutrinos

A European neutrino recently made a the controversial announcement that neutrinos travel faster than light. The results contradicted Einstein's theory of relativity, but were similar to a 2007 measurement of neutrino speed recorded at the MINOS far detector in the Soudan Underground Mine in Northern Minnesota. MINOS physics assumed their faster than light result was due to the margin of error in their calculation. With the attention surrounding the OPERA result MINOS physicists are planning a more accurate experiment to settle the question once and for all. More »


Physics and Nanotechnology Building Groundbreaking

The University of Minnesota will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Physics and Nanotechnology building. The event will take place at the site of the new building, on Union Street, east of Ackerman Hall from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The event is by invitation only.


Researchers Discover that Giant Space Blob Glows from Within

University of Minnesota physics and astronomy professor Claudia Scarlata in the College of Science and Engineering is part of an international collaboration that has shed light on the power source of a rare vast cloud of glowing gas in the early Universe. The observations show for the first time that this giant “Lyman-alpha blob”—one of the largest single objects known—must be powered by galaxies embedded within it. The results appear in the August 18 issue of the journal Nature. More »

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