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NOvA far-detector in Ash River Minnesota

NOvA experiment sees first long-distance neutrinos

Scientists on the world’s longest-distance neutrino experiment have seen their first neutrinos. The NUMI Off-Axis electron neutrino Appearance, or NOvA, experiment consists of two huge particle detectors placed 500 miles apart, and its job is to explore the properties of an intense beam of ghostly particles called neutrinos.Neutrinos are abundant in nature, but they very rarely interact with other matter. Studying them could yield crucial information about the early moments of the universe. More »


Van Vleck Lecture: Don Gurnett -- Voyager’s journey to interstellar space

After a journey of more than 36 years a spacecraft, Voyager 1, has for the first time crossed the heliopause into interstellar space. In his talk Professor Don Gurnett of the University of Iowa will review some of the great achievements of the planetary phase of the Voyager mission, often called the “The Grand Tour of the Outer Planets,” and describe the long quest to reach the heliopause and cross into interstellar space. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6th at the University of Minnesota Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, 116 Church Street Street SE, Minneapolis. More »

Alex Kamanev

Kamenev named APS Fellow

Professor Alex Kamanev was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for "for advancing the methods of quantum kinetic theory."

Roberta Humphreys

Humphreys made honorary RAS fellow

Professor Roberta Humphreys was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. This designation honors Astronomers outside of Great Britain who have made important contributions to the field of Astronomy. Humphreys joins a list of only 35 other American Astronomers who have been honorary RAS fellows. More »

An REU student at work.

REU Program now accepting applications

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is now accepting applications. The deadline for the program is January 21, 2014. Apply here.

Nicole Olsen

School students, staff and faculty featured in NOvA documentary

Students, staff and faculty from the School are featured in a video, Building a Next Generation Neutrino Experiment about the science and construction of the NOvA experiment. The video was produced by Fermilab.

Thomas W. Jones

Jones named APS Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Thomas W. Jones was named as a Fellow of the APS for "For fundamental contributions to our understanding of thermal and non-thermal radiation from extragalactic sources, and the morphology and physics of radio sources." Jones was nominated in the Astrophysics division.


Zooniverse on Science Now

The research of Lucy Fortson and the Galaxy Zoo 2 project were featured in the program Science Now. (Galaxy Zoo story starts at 3:36.) More information about the citizen science efforts of projects like Galaxy Zoo 2, can be found on the Zooniverse website.


A Particle Accelerator in the Radiation Belts

APS journals have highlighted the research of John Wygant and his collaborators in an article "A Particle Accelerator in the Radiation Belts" which deals with his work on the storm belt probe of the Van Allen radiation belts.


NOvA module factory featured in Symmetry

Symmetry magazine did a "Day in the Life" feature article on the NOvA module factory. The article highlights the way the factory works, the process of building modules and the uniqueness of the facility, which is building an incredibly complex detector with mostly student labor and management.

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