Amit Kashi is a postdoc working on very massive stars with Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys. Kashi is working on stars that are typically a hundred times more massive than the Sun. Kashi says that these very massive stars are fundamentally different from others in that they are very unstable due to their size. The radiation from these objects, coming from the nuclear burning core, is so intense that it almost overcomes the gravity that is holding them together.
Tate Renovation: Construction is Under Way
The Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project has moved into its two-year construction phase. In preparation, more than two hundred School of Physics and Astronomy faculty members, students and staff had to be relocated to other campus locations. This move was completed in less than the allocated time, allowing for restoration work and demolition for new construction to begin on schedule. More »
LHC Start-up Breaks Energy Record
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland ended a two-year shut down recently. The LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. The collider will now run round the clock for the next three years. University of Minnesota Professors Yuichi Kubota, Jeremiah Mans and Roger Rusack are part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC. “We start a new era in LHC operations: search and discovery in a new energy regime," Rusack said. More »
Phenicie wins SPS Leadership award
Chris Phenicie has received an Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Award. The award recognizes SPS members with high scholarship performance both in physics and overall studies and the exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics. Phenicie is the President of the University SPS chapter. The award in the amount of $2000 was funded by alumni of Sigma Pi Sigma.
Jones Explains the Extra Second
School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Terry Jones explains to local news why international time-keepers need a "Leap Second" every few years.
Sachdev receives Lederman Fellowship
Research Assistant Kanika Sachdev recently received the Lederman Fellowship in Experimental Physics from Fermilab. The Lederman Fellowship is one of the most distinguished postdoctoral fellowships in experimental particle physics. More »
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