University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
James Kakalios
< >

Professor James Kakalios is a condensed matter experimental physicist whose research involves the growth and study of materials that combine amorphous and nanocrystalline semiconductors. Kakalios and his colleague and collaborator, Prof. Uwe Kortshagen in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota are hoping to get the best of both worlds out of these entirely new, hybrid materials. The composites combine the ease of deposition over large areas at low cost provided by amorphous silicon with the superior electronic properties of crystalline silicon.


Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

GherghettaWeb Update 2015.jpg

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

Vlad Pribiag

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


Thursday, April 18th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Erin Sheets, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
12:10 pm:
Mike Makmur and Vihang Mehta
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in Physics Tate B50
Verification & Validation of a Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability Based Ejecta Source Model, or, Why Should Los Alamos Care About a Freshman Physics Problem? —
Ian Tregillis, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Friday, April 19th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
To be announced.
11:00 am:
Magnetic Monopole Noise —
Ritika Dusad, Cornell University
12:20 pm:
Modification of Tc in Low Carrier Density Superconductors —
Dan Phan
12:30 pm:
The Weak Gravity Conjecture and Photon Masses —
Matt Reece (Harvard U.)
2:30 pm:
The Spin Cycle: Rapidly Rotating Magnetized White Dwarfs in Close Binaries —
Peter Garnovich, University of Notre Dame
3:35 pm:
Being "One of the Boys": Manliness and Experimental Zoology in Boston —
Jenna Tonn, History - Boston College
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
The seminar will be on Tuesday this week. Note change of time and date next week only.
Subscribe to Physics Calendar RSS feed | Full Calendar »