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Researchers, including astrophysicists from the University of Minnesota, have identified a white dwarf/brown dwarf collision in the star CK Vulpeculae. Professors Charles Woodward and Robert Gehrz are part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) collaboration that discovered the object, long thought to be a nova, is actually a remnant of a rare type of solar collision.


Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship


Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »

Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

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Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


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 »


Friday, March 22nd
11:00 am:
There will be no seminar this week due to Spring Break.
12:30 pm:
SPRING BREAK -- No seminar
2:30 pm:
There will be be no colloquium this week due to spring break
4:40 pm:
Spring break, no seminar this week
Monday, March 25th
12:15 pm:
Tuesday, March 26th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Fast time variations in solar flare X-ray flux - A probe for particle acceleration —
Trevor Knuth
4:00 pm:
Physics Guided Machine Learning: A New Paradigm for Modeling Dynamical Systems —
Vipin Kumar
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Moire Band —
Yiming Wu
Wednesday, March 27th
1:25 pm:
Dirty Entangled Quantum Magnets —
Itamar Kimchi, University of Colorado - Boulder
Faculty Co-Host: Alex Kamenev
Thursday, March 28th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Fast, volumetric imaging with microscopes —
Jerome C. Mertz, College of Engineering, Boston University
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