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Sun Kwok

Alumnus Sun Kwok wins outstanding achievment award

Astronomy alumnus, Sun Kwok was honored with an Outstanding Achievment Award from the University of Minnesota. Professor Kwok, who is the Dean of Science at the University of Hong Kong, was cited as an "Outstanding astrophysicist, who demonstrated that the dying stars in the immense structures called planetary nebulae form dust and also forge organic compounds that may play a role in the origin of life." More »

Tate Lab Predliminary design concept drawing

Governor recommends funding for Tate renovation

Gov. Mark Dayton has included $56.7 million for the renovation of the Tate Laboratory of Physics in his 2014 bonding proposal. The Governor's proposal, if approved by the Minnesota House and Senate, would provide two-thirds of a total $85 million construction budget. The project is already in its pre-design phase and plans include modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms, along with dedicated space for the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. More »

Francois Englert (left) and Peter Higgs

Physicists celebrate Nobel Prize for Higgs discovery

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Fran├žois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing the theory and in discovering the particle that proves the existence of the Higgs field, the Higgs boson. More »


Lysak named APS Fellow

Professor Robert Lysak has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited "for pioneering contributions to the theory of Alfven wave processes, including kinetic effects, their role in magnetosphere ionosphere coupling in planetary magnetospheres and development of gloval models of MHD wave processes in dipolar geometries."

Jorge Vinals

Vinals named APS Fellow

Professor Jorge Vinals was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for his contributions to pattern formation in nonequilibrium systems, especially quasi crystalline patterns in Faraday waves, domain coarsening in modulated phases, and the general study of coarse grained fluids described by an order."

An image from the Galaxy Zoo project

School researchers publish enormous catalog of more than 300,000 nearby galaxies

More than 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists. Over 16 million galaxy classifications. Information on more than 300,000 galaxies. This is what you get when you ask the public for help in learning more about our universe. More »


About Us: Physics Force

Physics Force is a group of U professors and high school teachers who put on dynamic and entertaining demonstrations for 35,000 students per year. They have been performing since 1985 and have appeared on local, national and international television programs.


About us: REU

REU or Research Experience for Undergraduates is a summer program that brings about a dozen students from Minnesota and universities around the nation to conduct physics research in our laboratories. Some have gone on to do graduate research here, a testament to the high quality of their experience working in our labs.


About Us: RET

RET or Research Experience for Teachers is a program that brings high school teachers back to campus to earn graduate credit and summer salary while working in our research labs.

Satish Desai

Video: Why Particle Physics Matters

Satish Desai, Research Associate in the School of Physics and Astronomy, is featured in a video about Why Particle Physics Matters, created by Fermilab's Symmetry magazine.

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