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Physicists at the School of Physics and Astronomy are using modeling techniques to make things easier for chemists working with polymers. Taher Ghasimakbari is a graduate student working in theoretical condensed matter physics on diblock copolymers, a family of materials with wide range of applications from drug delivery to strengthening plastics. Spandex and polyurethane are examples of block copolymers in the same family of materials as diblock copolymers ever since. This class of polymers were invented in the 1950s and have been studied extensively.


Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


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


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 »


Tuesday, November 20th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics 301-20 Tate
Hydrodynamic Fluctuations and Lower Bounds of the Transport Coefficients —
Mauricio Martinez Guerrero, North Caroline State University
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Followup to Global-scale coherence modulation of radiation-belt electron loss from plasmaspheric hiss. —
Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
4:00 pm:
Electrical transport near an Ising-nematic quantum critical point —
Xiaoyu Wang, University of Chicago
Note change of time and day, this week only.
Wednesday, November 21st
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, November 22nd
12:05 pm:
No journal club, Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23rd
12:30 pm:
4:40 pm:
Thanksgiving - there will not be a speaker this week.
Monday, November 26th
12:15 pm:
Gravitational wave searches for the post-merger remnants of GW170817 —
Sharan Banagiri, UMN
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