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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 »

Prisca Cushman

Looking for a few good WIMPS

Professor Prisca Cushman is looking for WIMPs, or Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, as co-spokesperson on the Cryogenic Dark matter Search (CDMS), which is located in the Soudan Mine in Northern Minnesota. More »

Prof. Bob Pepin

Stardust remembers the early solar system

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Bob Pepin and colleagues has published a report in the current issue of Science Magazine that will help shed light on the early solar system. Pepin and his co-authors studied small amounts of of cometary matter from the Comet 81P/Wild-2, which was intercepted by the space probe Stardust in January 2004. More »


The waiting game

Professor Mikhail Shifman, a theoretical high energy physicist, began his career on the eve of a big developments in high energy physics, the discovery of the J/ψ particle (charmonium) in 1974. “It was such an exciting time, he recalls. People would not sleep. Every day, new papers were coming out, new advances being made.” Shifman said that it was a great time to be a young theorist. He is betting that he will be able to book-end his career with another great era in particle theory. More »

Vincent Noireaux

Biophysics of a minimal cell system

Vincent Noireaux is an Associate Professor in the area of experimental biological physics and synthetic biology. Professor Noireaux’s research revolves around in vitro synthetic gene networks and minimal cells which are able to express DNA. More »

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