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.


Mandic to deliver public lecture on gravitational waves

Vuk Mandic

Vuk Mandic, a member of the LIGO collaboration and Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy will deliver the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture, Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves. The lecture will take place in the Bell Museum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016. More »

Preskill to deliver public lecture on quantum computing

John Preskill

John Preskill of the California Institute of Technology will speak on "Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier" on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center for the 11th Annual Irving and Edythe Misel Family Lecture. More »

Physics Force announces winter shows


Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop on the University's campus January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free but reservations are required. The Physics Force will also perform a public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM ; it is free. More »

Shifman and Vainshtein win Dirac Medal

Mikhail Shifman ande Arkady Vainshtein

Professors Mikahil Shifman and Arkady Vainshtein were awarded the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2016 Dirac Medal and Prize in Theoretical Physics. They were cited for their "contributions to a better understanding of field theories in the non-perturbative regime and in particular for exact results in supersymmetric field theories." More »

NOvA finds unexpected neutrino behavior

Greg Pawloski

Scientists from the NOvA collaboration have announced an exciting new result that could improve our understanding of the behavior of neutrinos. More »


Friday, September 30th
10:10 am:
The Nuclear seminar has been cancelled again this week.
12:20 pm:
Transport Properties of Exchange Biased Mesoscale Wires —
James Delles, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Leptogenesis via the Relaxation of Higgs and other Scalar Fields —
Louis Yang (UCLA)
2:30 pm:
HETDEX and Star-Forming Galaxies of the z ~ 2 Universe —
Caryl Gronwall, Penn State University
3:35 pm:
"Inventing Atmospheric Science: Gordian Knots and the Quest for Prevision" —
James Fleming, Colby College
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
To be announced. —
Ken Heller, University of Minnesota
Monday, October 3rd
12:15 pm:
Neutrinos in the Cosmos: A Nobel Perspective —
Yong-Zhong Qian (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, October 4th
09:30 am:
EXACT: The Experiment for X-ray Characterization and Timing CubeSat —
Trevor Knuth and Julie Vievering, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 5th
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics 110 PAN
Composite fermions and the 2D field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition —
Srinivas Raghu, Stanford University
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
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