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Ron Poling

International Charm offensive

In January, 2008 the Minnesota “Heavy Flavor” group led by Professors Ron Poling and Dan Cronin-Hennessy joined the BESIII experiment at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing, China. This expanded an already fruitful program of collaborative research in high energy physics between the United States and the People’s Republic of China that was initiated by T.D. Lee, “Pief” Panofsky and Bob Wilson in the 1970’s. More »

Oriol Valls

How to beat the Pauli Principle

Oriol T. Valls studies unusual properties of nanostructures consisting of layers of intercalated superconductor and ferromagnetic materials. Such structures are interesting for their applications in spintronics and because their physics are not completely understood. These structures exhibit what are called proximity effects: the superconductivity leaks into the magnetic layers and the magnetism into the superconducting ones. More »

Alex Kamenev

Applying physics to epidemiology

What does epidemiology have to do with quantum physics? Condensed matter theorist, Alexander Kamenev has been using the tools of the quantum mechanic to help biologists further understand the behavior of diseases. “If you think about it, an epidemiologist tries to describe a large community of bacteria to determine their behavior statistically.” Kamenev says that task is not that different from what a condensed matter theorist does when studying interacting groups of particles. More »

C. C. Huang

Liquid crystals

For the past ten years, Cheng-Cher “C.C” Huang and his collaborators have been exploring properties of liquid crystals with a technique called resonant x-ray scattering. This is the most reliable and effective method for getting to the specific liquid crystal states that Huang and his group are researching. Liquid crystals, a phase of matter between a liquid and a solid, have been used in technologies from high-resolution camera viewfinders to large-area “liquid crystal displays” used in monitors More »

Marvin Marshak


MINOS, or the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search, is now on its third phase of data collection. According to Professor Marvin Marshak, the Fermilab Main Injector accelerator has now aimed more than 5 x 1020 protons at the target in the neutrino beam line. The protons create pions and kaons, which then decay to create the neutrino beam. MINOS has now observed more than 1,000 neutrino interactions in the Far Detector at Soudan MN. “MINOS is clearly in its precision measuring phase." More »

John Broadhurst

Now Hear this! Audio Templates

We compare every sound that we hear against the sounds that we have already heard and are stored in our memory. More »

Yong-Zhang Qian

Neutrino oscillations

"My laboratory is a supernova," Yong Qian states matter-of-factly with a smile. Qian is a theoretical physicist studying neutrino oscillations, the change from one "flavor" to another as a neutrino moves through matter and space. This phenomenon occurs because a neutrino is created in one of three flavor states (or simply “flavors”), with three distinct mass states. More »

Vuk Mandic

Gravitational waves

Professor Vuk Mandic is an observational cosmologist involved in the search for gravitational waves with LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.) Gravitational Waves were predicted by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, but have yet to be observed in the natural world. More »

Claire Hypolite

Parents And Children Experiencing Science

Claire Hypolite is an College of Science and Engineering alumna who is involved in a new program, PACES (Parents And Children Experiencing Science) designed to get families doing science and thinking critically together. More »

Jeremiah Mans

Opening the High Energy Frontier

Recently, physicists at the University of Minnesota and around the world celebrated the first particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, followed shortly thereafter with the breaking of the beam energy record. Professor Jeremiah Mans of the School of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the large collaboration CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) that will take measurements on the Large Hadron Collider. "Things are changing very rapidly. We are hitting major milestones every week." More »

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