University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Satish Desai
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Satish Desai is a research associate working on the NOvA experiment, which is searching for the rate of neutrino oscillations. Desai’s role on the experiment is to oversee the reconstruction of simulated data. After managing quality assurance for the NOvA Module factory, which was staffed by several hundred University of Minnesota Students, Desai has moved on to measuring neutrino cross-sections. Desai uses data from NOvA’s near detector which is located near the neutrino beam at Fermilab, outside Batavia, IL, and compares it to data at the far-detector located in Ash River, Minnesota.


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 have been given $2.6 million 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 »

Perkins named APS Fellow

Natalia Perkins

Professor Natalia Perkins was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "theoretical studies of the low-energy behavior of strongly correlated electron systems that exhibit an interplay of orbital and spin degrees of freedom."

Two School alumni receive Outstanding Achievement Awards

John Bowers and Bradley Peterson

John Bowers, (physics '76) and Bradley Peterson (Physics '74) received the University's highest alumni accolade, the Minnesota Board of Regents' Outstanding Achievement Award. More »

Pryke named APS Fellow

Clement Pryke

Professor Clement Pryke was named a Fellow of the American Physics Society for "groundbreaking measurement and data analyses of the polarization of cosmic microwave background radiation, and for using the data to provide strong constraints on the composition and initial conditions of the early universe." More »

Wygant named APS Fellow

John Wygant

Professor John Wygant has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "advancing our understanding of energy flows by Alfvén waves and particle acceleration in regions of magnetic reconnection and collisionless shocks and the design and implementation of the space-borne electric field instruments that enabled these studies." More »


Wednesday, October 26th
12:00 pm:
2:30 pm:
Imaging Magnetic Textures and Spin Chemical Potential of Magnetic Insulators Using NV centers in Diamond —
Amir Yacoby - Harvard
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
To be announced.
Thursday, October 27th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Centromere Mechanical Maturation: A New Theory for Regulation of Mechanical Signaling during Mitotic Progression —
Lauren Jelenchick, University of Minnesota Medical School,
Note: change of speaker and program from last announcement.
12:05 pm:
(Lang) The Big Impact of Big Ideas Courses at U Iowa – Creating and Teaching —
Trevor Knuth and Cornelia Lang, University of Iowa.
3:35 pm:
A New Spin on Superconductivity —
Amir Yacoby, Harvard University
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, October 28th
10:10 am:
To be announced. —
Yong-Zhian Qian, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Counting Zero Energy States in the Penrose Lattice —
Ezra Day-Roberts, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Revisiting mirror symmetry in three dimensions —
Peter Koroteev (Perimeter)
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