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Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn

Time Capsule of the Big Bang

Using one of the world's premier telescopes, University of Minnesota astrophysicists Evan Skillman and Kristen McQuinn have discovered a priceless relic of the Big Bang in the Milky Way's back yard. More »


At the Crossroads

Professor Mikhail Shifman, recent Pomeranchuk prize winner, says that particle physicists are experiencing a crucial time. And he ought to know. Shifman has written several books on the history of elementary particle physics. "We are at a crossroads, we will go to the left or to the right or nowhere" Shifman says, referring to the fact that supersymmetry, the theory that states that there are superpartners for every known particle, has not yet been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider. More »

Scholarships and Awards for Undergraduate Majors in Physics and Astrophysics

Application deadline: March 14, 2014
Apply now! More »

NOvA far-detector in Ash River Minnesota

NOvA experiment sees first long-distance neutrinos

Scientists on the world’s longest-distance neutrino experiment have seen their first neutrinos. The NUMI Off-Axis electron neutrino Appearance, or NOvA, experiment consists of two huge particle detectors placed 500 miles apart, and its job is to explore the properties of an intense beam of ghostly particles called neutrinos.Neutrinos are abundant in nature, but they very rarely interact with other matter. Studying them could yield crucial information about the early moments of the universe. More »


Van Vleck Lecture: Don Gurnett -- Voyager’s journey to interstellar space

After a journey of more than 36 years a spacecraft, Voyager 1, has for the first time crossed the heliopause into interstellar space. In his talk Professor Don Gurnett of the University of Iowa will review some of the great achievements of the planetary phase of the Voyager mission, often called the “The Grand Tour of the Outer Planets,” and describe the long quest to reach the heliopause and cross into interstellar space. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6th at the University of Minnesota Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, 116 Church Street Street SE, Minneapolis. More »

Alex Kamanev

Kamenev named APS Fellow

Professor Alex Kamanev was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "for advancing the methods of quantum kinetic theory."

Roberta Humphreys

Humphreys made honorary RAS fellow

Professor Roberta Humphreys was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. This designation honors Astronomers outside of Great Britain who have made important contributions to the field of Astronomy. Humphreys joins a list of only 35 other American Astronomers who have been honorary RAS fellows. More »

An REU student at work.

REU Program now accepting applications

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is now accepting applications. The deadline for the program is January 21, 2014. Apply here.

Nicole Olsen

School students, staff and faculty featured in NOvA documentary

Students, staff and faculty from the School are featured in a video, Building a Next Generation Neutrino Experiment about the science and construction of the NOvA experiment. The video was produced by Fermilab.

Thomas W. Jones

Jones named APS Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Thomas W. Jones was named as a Fellow of the APS for "For fundamental contributions to our understanding of thermal and non-thermal radiation from extragalactic sources, and the morphology and physics of radio sources." Jones was nominated in the Astrophysics division.

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