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Physics Fall Picnic

The Physics picnic will take place at Boom Island Park on Sunday, September 27st, 1-5pm. More »


Kakalios video wins regional Emmy award

The University News Service video "The Science of Watchmen" featuring Professor James Kakalios, which has received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube, received a regional Emmy Award in the "Advanced Media: Arts/Entertainment" category. More »

Vuk Mandic

LIGO results set new limits on gravitational waves

Results from LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration have set the most stringent limits yet on gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time predicted by Einstein's theory of General Relativity. More »


Neutrinos on Display

While a particle physicist may tell you that neutrinos are fiendishly difficult to observe, the public visibility of neutrinos in Minnesota has changed dramatically with the approval of more than $40M of stimulus funding for the NOvA project. More »

CLEO collaboration submits 500th paper

The CLEO collaboration has recently submitted its 500th publication to a peer-reviewed journal. This is the largest number of papers of any collaboration in the history of elementary particle physics. More »

Graduate Student Orientation

The School of Physics and Astronomy will hold orientation from August 24 to September 4, 2009. Students will receive a copy of the orientation schedule when they arrive. Please contact Judy Soine if you have any questions.

Ron Poling

Poling New Head of School of Physics and Astronomy

We are pleased to announce that Professor Ron Poling has been named Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy. He will replace Allen Goldman who has held the post since 1996. Poling will officially begin his job as Head on July 1, 2009. More »

EBEX balloon in flight

EBEX Balloon launched

Observational cosmologists at the University of Minnesota successfully launched the E and B Experiment Balloon (EBEX) payload on Thursday, June 11th in Fort Sumner, New Mexico at 8:01 a.m.. EBEX is a balloon-borne polarimeter designed to measure the intensity and polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation. More »

University to receive $40.1 million for NOνA experiment

The University of Minnesota will receive a grant of $40.1 million for the NOνA neutrino experiment construction. Funds are part of $1.2 billion from Recovery Act to be disbursed by Department of Energy’s Office of Science. More »

Albert Fert

Fert to deliver Van Vleck Lecture

Nobel Laureate, Albert Fert will deliver the 2009 Van Vleck lecture April 8, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 150, Tate Laboratory of Physics. The topic is "Spintronics: electrons, spins, computers and telephones." More »

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