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An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »

Rafael Fernandes

Fernandes named APS Fellow

Associate Professor Rafael Fernandes was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "pioneering works on nematic order and nematic fluctuations in iron-based superconductors and other strongly correlated materials." More »

Vuk Mandic

Vuk Mandic named APS Fellow

Professor Vuk Mandic has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "significant contributions to searches for primordial gravitational waves using LIGO data and for pioneering studies of the ultimate limits to low frequency sensitivity of ground-based gravitational-wave detectors." More »

Lawrence Rudnick

MIFA Public Lecture: A walk on the Dark Side

Professor Lawrence Rudnick will deliver the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture, "A Walk on the Darkside," at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12 in Tate Hall, Room B50. More »

The Physics Force on stage at Northrop in 2017.

Physics Force to appear on public television program

The Physics Force will appear on the Twin Cities Public Television program "Hands-on Science." The program will air on Sunday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. on TPT's Minnesota Channel.

Vuk Mandic and his research group

Physicists at Minnesota play vital part in Nobel Prize winning experiment

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics went to Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne, and Barry C. Barish, creators of the LIGO experiment which made the first observations of gravitational waves. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »

James Kakalios

Kakalios receives Honorary Degree

Professor Jim Kakalios recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom for his "significant contribution to pioneering research and public dissemination in physics." More »

Zachary Robinson

Robinson receives DOE Graduate Student Research Program Award

Physics Ph.D. Candidate Zachary Robinson received the DOE’s 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award. Robinson was one of only 52 students nationwide selected for the award. More »

Dune experiment icon

Minnesota to play key role in planned neutrino experiment

On Friday, July 21 the international neutrino research community will celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead SD. Scientists and political leaders will mark the beginning of construction of the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). More »

Claudia Scarlata

Latest Zooniverse project searches for "baby" galaxies

Professor Claudia Scarlata is lead researcher on a new citizen science project that is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find "baby" galaxies that are giving birth to new stars.The project, named Galaxy Nurseries, marks the 100th project and 10-year anniversary of Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform. More »


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