University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Evan Skillman
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Evan Skillman is an astrophysicist who studies helium abundances in dwarf galaxies to learn more about the very early universe. In the Big Bang theory, within the first three minutes, the material cools sufficiently to form the lightest elements—hydrogen, helium, and a tiny bit of lithium. All of the heavier elements are made later by stars, so the amount of helium relative to hydrogen is a prediction and therefore a strong constraint on the Big Bang theory.


MN House Bill Recommends Full Funding for Tate Renovation

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A proposal in the Minnesota House of Representatives recommends full funding to design, renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. The bill sponsored by DFL Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee, is expected to be voted on in this legislative session. The MN State Senate is expected to pass their bonding bill next week. More »

When Gravity Rocked the Universe

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Right after its birth in the Big Bang, the infant universe threw the mother of all tantrums. In an instant it ballooned from smaller than an atomic nucleus to something much larger than its currently observable size. (Yes, the universe is bigger than we can currently observe.) More »

Meier wins outstanding service award

Jerry Meier, Director of the Soudan Underground Laboratory, has won a 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes staff who have provided outstanding service to the University.

Dahlberg wins APS Nicholson Medal

Dan Dahlberg

Professor Dan Dahlberg won the 2013 Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach. Dahlberg received the award from the American Physical Society "For his unique activities in conveying to the general public the excitement and value of physics predominantly through the development and continued leadership of the program The Physics Force."

The Last Block: NOvA far detector complete

The last dtector module is put into place by the block pivoter

The last piece of the NOvA far detector was put into place at 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th. The far detector consists of thousands of modules filled with liquid scintillator. The NOvA far-detector is the world's largest free-standing PVC structure. More »


Friday, April 25th
2:30 pm:
Measuring Dark Energy to 1% Accuracy Using Cosmological Simulations —
Dr. Aline Kiessling, JPL
3:35 pm:
"Carnap and Logic in the 1920s and 1930s" —
Richard Zach, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
PER Research Methods and Current Research Overview —
Brita L. Nellermoe, University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas
4:40 pm:
Ethics in Research, Part 1 —
Greg Pawloski, University of Minnesota
Monday, April 28th
12:15 pm:
Michael Rutkowski, UMN
4:40 pm:
Senior Honors Thesis in 236A Physics
X-ray Absorption Study of Doped Holes in High-Temperature Superconductor HgBa2Cu4+δ —
Yang Ge, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, April 29th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
12:20 pm:
Temperature dependence of two-level noise in magnetic particles —
Bern Youngblood, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
High-Granularity Calorimeter —
Roger Rusack
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