University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Martin Greven
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Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has led a research effort that found a link between quantum oscillations and charge order in high temperature superconductors. Superconductivity is a quantum mechanical phenomenon of exactly zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields that occurs in certain materials when cooled below a characteristic critical temperature.


Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Cushman elected Vice-Chair of DPF; plans to improve funding success for young physicists

Priscilla Cushman

Professor Priscilla Cushman was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). The DPF is one of fifteen divisions within the APS focused on specialized research areas and includes scientists who study fundamental particles and fields, the design and development of accelerators and instrumentation techniques to carry out this research. Cushman plans to use her term to start a campaign of public and political visibility, including the creation of a policy track to improve career options for graduate students. More »

Local SPS named outstanding chapter

SPS Student at an outreach event

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Society of Physics Students was named an outstanding chapter for the year 2015. "SPS has continuously worked hard to provide opportunities for our members to thrive both in academic as well as social pursuits," said Chapter President, Levi Walls. More »

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 are part of a $2.6 million grant 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 »


Monday, January 23rd
12:15 pm:
Phenomenology of Trapped Inflation —
Lauren Pearce, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, January 24th
12:20 pm:
The Success and the Science of the Student-Built MinXSS Solar CubeSat —
James Mason, University of Colorado
Wednesday, January 25th
1:25 pm:
In search of Majorana Fermions in a honeycomb semiconductor —
Arnab Banerjee, ORNL - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimental Assistant Professor Position
Thursday, January 26th
12:05 pm:
Melanie Beck and Terry Jones
3:35 pm:
A Singularly Unfeminine Profession —
Mary K. Gaillard, University of California, Berkeley
Refreshments to be served outside Smith 100 after the colloquium.
Friday, January 27th
12:20 pm:
The orientation of quantum Hall stripes —
Qianhui Shi, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Yi-Zen Chu (U. Minnesota-Duluth)
2:30 pm:
Role of Baryon Flows in Galaxy Evolution: Hidden Pathways Connecting Galaxies to the Cosmic Web —
Sanchayeeta Borthakur, Johns Hopkins, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
Candidate for the Astrophysics Assistant Professor position
3:35 pm:
“Entangled Agencies: Reimagining Social Medicine from Pholela” —
Abigail Neely, Department of Geography - Dartmouth College
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Jos Uffink, University of Minnesota
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