University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Paul Crowell
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The end is near for CMOS technology, and Paul Crowell is trying to do something about that. “CMOS” stands for “complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor,” and CMOS technology is responsible for all the calculators, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and just about every non-abacus computing device in the world. Over the past 70 years or so, scientists and engineers have consistently made CMOS transistors smaller and more energy efficient, which is why your cell phone has more computing power than the most powerful mainframe in 1960.


SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Wick wins Reichert Award

Kurt Wick

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Keith Olive

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »


Monday, February 26th
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, February 27th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Practice Talks for the upcoming Chapman Conference on Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts.
3:30 pm:
High temperature superconductivity and strange metal behavior near a metallic quantum critical point —
Samuel Lederer, MIT
Wednesday, February 28th
1:25 pm:
APS March Meeting Practice Talks —
Various speakers
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, March 1st
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Development of a Serial Optical Coherence Scanner for Visualizing and Mapping the Brain with Microscopic Resolution —
Tanner Akkin, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Evan Tyler
4:00 pm:
Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable Worlds —
Sara Seager, MIT
Joint Colloquium with Earth Sciences (Nier Lecture). Note later start time.
Friday, March 2nd
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
To be announced.
12:20 pm:
APS March Meeting Practice Talks —
Various speakers
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