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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 »

Cindy Cattell

New physics from the radiation belt

Professor Cindy Cattell of the School of Physics and Astronomy is part of the NASA STEREO Waves collaboration. STEREO consists of two space-based observatories - one ahead, "A" of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind,"B". More »

Keith Olive

The light elements

Professor Keith Olive’s research provides a unique probe into the very early history of the Universe. Olive is a theorist who specializes in high energy particle physics and cosmology. “High Energy” particles are those produced in high-energy situations such as accelerators or the Big Bang. More »

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