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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.


Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Cushman elected Vice-Chair of DPF; plans to improve funding success for young physicists

Priscilla Cushman

Professor Priscilla Cushman was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). The DPF is one of fifteen divisions within the APS focused on specialized research areas and includes scientists who study fundamental particles and fields, the design and development of accelerators and instrumentation techniques to carry out this research. Cushman plans to use her term to start a campaign of public and political visibility, including the creation of a policy track to improve career options for graduate students. More »

Physics Force announces winter shows


Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop on the University's campus January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free but reservations are required. The Physics Force will also perform a free public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM. More »

Chubukov, Fernandes and Greven given grant to form research center

Center for Quantum Materials faculty Andrey Chubukov, Martin Greven, Bharat Jalan, Rafael Fernandes, and Chris Leighton

Three faculty members in the School are part of a $2.6 million grant over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Professors Andrey Chubakov, Rafael Fernandes and Martin Greven from the School and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science professors Bharat Jalan and Chris Leighton. More »


Monday, December 5th
12:15 pm:
Observational Tracers of Diffuse Baryon Dynamics in Clusters of Galaxies —
Larry Rudnick (University of Minnesota)
12:15 pm:
Larry Rudnick (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, December 6th
09:30 am:
Practice talks for AGI
4:30 pm:
New insight into the phase diagram of the cuprates —
Martin Greven, School of Physics and Astronomy
Wednesday, December 7th
2:30 pm:
Chiral-spin modes in a 2D Fermi-Liquid with spin-orbit coupling —
Saurabh Maiti, University of Florida
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Thursday, December 8th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Prof. Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
12:05 pm:
Chris Nolting and Micaela Bagley
3:35 pm:
Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap —
David Poland, Yale University
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, December 9th
10:10 am:
Applications of proton-nucleus reactions at the MeV scale for brain cancer therapy and space exploration —
Yao Leon Meng, University of Minnesota
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