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Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly led a team of researchers that set a distance record and discovered the farthest individual star ever seen. The star, nicknamed Icarus, is 9 billion light-years away--halfway across the visible universe--and would ordinarily not be visible even to the most powerful telescopes. Gravitational lensing allowed the Hubble Space Telescope to pick out Icarus, whose official name is MACS 1149+2223 Lensed Star 1. The unique opportunity to study Icarus also allowed researchers to rule out one of the theories about the mystery of dark matter.


Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »

Bagley wins STAR Prize

Micaela Bagley

Graduate Student Micaela Bagley received the Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize. The award is a recognition of a valuable contribution to the Euclid mission. Bagley's advisor is Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata. More »


Wednesday, November 14th
1:25 pm:
Gauge theories of fluctuating antiferromagnetism for the cuprate superconductors —
Mathias Scheurer, Harvard University
3:35 pm:
To be announced
Thursday, November 15th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in PAN 120
Single-molecule studies of protein-DNA interactions —
John Marko, Northwestern University
12:05 pm:
Jett Priewe, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Physics of chromosome folding and disentanglement —
John Marko, Northwestern University
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, November 16th
12:20 pm:
Neutron and X-ray scattering study of the ferro-antiferromagnetic cross-over in Y1-xLaxTiO3 —
Sajna Hameed
12:30 pm:
A solvable deformation of Quantum Mechanics —
Alba Grassi (SCGP Stony Brook)
2:30 pm:
Connecting the first stars in the universe to the Milky Way —
Brian O'Shea, Michigan State University
3:35 pm:
El Principio Sacarino: Organic Chemistry Meets Racial Capitalism in the Cuban Sugar-Mill —
Daniel Rood, Department of History, University of Georgia
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Elementary Particles —
Roger Rusack, University of Minnesota
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