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Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly led a team of researchers that set a distance record and discovered the farthest individual star ever seen. The star, nicknamed Icarus, is 9 billion light-years away--halfway across the visible universe--and would ordinarily not be visible even to the most powerful telescopes. Gravitational lensing allowed the Hubble Space Telescope to pick out Icarus, whose official name is MACS 1149+2223 Lensed Star 1. The unique opportunity to study Icarus also allowed researchers to rule out one of the theories about the mystery of dark matter.

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Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize

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Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow

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Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. More »


Calendar

Tuesday, October 16th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Effective actions for topologically-enriched superfluids —
Aleksey Cherman, University of Minnesota
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
John Wygant
Wednesday, October 17th
1:25 pm:
Imaging Nanoscale Disorder in Reciprocal Space —
Raymond Osborn,Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
No journal club this week
Thursday, October 18th
12:05 pm:
Evan Tyler, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in B50 Tate 
Terry Hwa, Department of Physics, University of California at San Diego Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
(Note: Terry Hwa will not give a Biophysics Seminar but just a colloquium)
3:35 pm:
Bacterial growth laws and the origin of dimensional reduction —
Terry Hwa, University of California, San Diego
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, October 19th
12:20 pm:
Neutron scattering study of antiferromagnetic excitations in HgBa2CuO4+δ —
Zach Anderson
12:30 pm:
Hidden symmetries and Goldstone bosons from higher dimensions? —
Emilian Dudas (Ecole Polytechnique)
2:30 pm:
Blowing Away Exoplanets: The Photo-evaporation of Planetary Atmospheres —
Adam Frank, University of Rochester
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