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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 »

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