University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Evan Skillman
< >

Evan Skillman is an astrophysicist who studies helium abundances in dwarf galaxies to learn more about the very early universe. In the Big Bang theory, within the first three minutes, the material cools sufficiently to form the lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and a tiny bit of lithium. All of the heavier elements are made later by stars, so the amount of helium relative to hydrogen is a prediction and therefore a strong constraint on the Big Bang theory.


Marquit Memorial Service

Erwin Marquit

There will be a memorial service for the late Professor Erwin Marquit on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis located at 900 Mount Curve Avenue. More »

Tate remodel slated for June 2015

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics

Architects have completed a schematic design for an extensive remodel of Tate Laboratory of Physics. The building will be shutdown in June 2015 with work scheduled to be complete within 24 months. The renovation will seek to preserve the character of the building as a historic part of Northrop Mall while providing modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms. More »

Chris Phenicie wins SPS Leadership award

Chris Phenicie

Chris Phenicie, has received an Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Award. The award recognizes SPS members with high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies and the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics. Phenicie is the President of the University SPS chapter. The award in the amount of $2000 on April 16th was funded by alumni of Sigma Pi Sigma.

Did Dark Matter Just Get A Little Less Mysterious?

Abell 3827 Image.jpg

Using Hubble Space Telescope images, a team of astronomers studied a nearby cluster of galaxies that shows an unusually dense concentration of bright galaxies in its center. More »

Nolting wins NSF Fellowship

Chris Nolting

Chris Nolting, a first year graduate student in astrophysics has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award is for three years of support. Nolting's fellowship was one of 11 awarded to the College of Science and Engineering this year. More »


Thursday, September 10th
7:00 pm:
The 2015 Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series in McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
To be announced. —
Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, September 17th
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, October 1st
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
D. Basov, UCSD
2:00 pm:
D. Basov, UCSD
Subscribe to Physics Calendar RSS feed | Full Calendar »