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A New Way to Die? Simulations Show Ancient Supermassive Stars Could Supernova

If supermassive stars—55,500 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—did exist when the Universe was very young, they could have died in a special kind of supernova. But if the stars were slightly more massive—56,000 solar masses—they would have become supermassive black holes, say astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota. Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). More »

School welcomes AAPT National Meeting

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes the national summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Over 1100 people have registered for the meeting which will run from July 26-30th. More information on the event can be found here.

Four New Faculty 2014-15

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner and Vlad Pribiag. Andrey Chubukov, a theoretical condensed matter physicist, holds the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Natalia Perkins’ research is in condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner focusses on biologic physics. Vlad Pribiag is a condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Multiverse controversy subject of Misel Lecture

Professor Andrei Linde of Stanford University will deliver the 9th Annual Misel Lecture, "Universe or Multiverse?" on September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center. Professor Linde will also deliver a School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, on September 17th entitled, "Inflation and Cosmological Attractors." More »


Vote for 'Spannungsfeld' in public art competition

Those who have enjoyed the art at the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building titled 'Spannungsfeld'--the two 'disappearing' sculptures can show their appreciation by voting for the work in a public art competition. Voting is open until June 30 at online. Please scroll down to 'education' and vote with the Facebook "like" button above the image.


Highlights of the Physics and Nanotechology Building

The University has created a short video featuring highlights of the new Physics and Nanotechnology building.


Fernandes wins Early Career Research Grant

Professor Rafael Fernandes of the School of Physics and Astronomy is one of only 35 scholars across the country to receive an Early Career Research Grant from the Department of Energy. The program seeks "outstanding scientists early in their careers" and provides an award of $750,000 over five years. Fernandes was cited for his paper "Competing Orders in Correlated Materials: Impact of Disorder and Non‐Equilibrium Perturbations," by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. More »

Fernandes paper in Nature

Professor Rafael Fernandes and collaborators from Columbia University and the Chinese Academy of sciences have published a paper on unconventional superconductors in the journal "Nature." More »


Cushman named chair of AAAC

Professor Prisca Cushman was named as chair of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation for the 2014-2015 term. The AAAC advises the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on selected issues within the fields of astronomy and astrophysics that are of mutual interest and concern to the agencies.

Meier wins outstanding service award

Jerry Meier, Director of the Soudan Underground Laboratory, has won a 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes staff who have provided outstanding service to the University.

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