University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Oriol Valls
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Oriol T. Valls studies unusual properties of nanostructures consisting of layers of intercalated superconductor and ferromagnetic materials. Such structures are interesting for their applications in spintronics and because their physics are not completely understood. These structures exhibit what are called proximity effects: the superconductivity leaks into the magnetic layers and the magnetism into the superconducting ones.


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 »

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »


Thursday, November 23rd
12:05 pm:
No Journal Club - Thanksgiving holiday
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week due to Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24th
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
12:30 pm:
2:30 pm:
No colloquium - Thanksgiving Holiday
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
Monday, November 27th
12:15 pm:
From Single-Electron Resolution Phonon-Mediated Detectors To Directional Dark Matter Searches —
Nader Mirabolfathi, Texas A&M University
Wednesday, November 29th
3:35 pm:
Neutrino Experiments at the Soudan Underground Laboratory —
Marvin Marshak, University of Minnesota
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