University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Professor Robert Lysak
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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights have long been a subject of fascination in folklore and for those of us lucky enough to see them in northern latitudes. Professor Bob Lysak is a theoretician who has been studying the unique physics of aurora since the 1970’s. The classic model of the Aurora is that electrons trapped in the Earth’s magnetosphere are accelerated by quasi-static electric fields that form parallel to the Earth’s magnetic field and cause the light display.

News

Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize

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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

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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 »


Calendar

Monday, November 19th
12:15 pm:
Ultra-steep-spectrum Sources in Galaxy Clusters —
Soumyajit Mandal, Case Western Reserve University
Tuesday, November 20th
11:15 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Physics 301-20 Tate
Hydrodynamic Fluctuations and Lower Bounds of the Transport Coefficients —
Mauricio Martinez Guerrero, North Caroline State University
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Followup to Global-scale coherence modulation of radiation-belt electron loss from plasmaspheric hiss. —
Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
4:00 pm:
Electrical transport near an Ising-nematic quantum critical point —
Xiaoyu Wang, University of Chicago
Note change of time and day, this week only.
Wednesday, November 21st
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, November 22nd
12:05 pm:
No journal club, Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23rd
12:30 pm:
NO SEMINAR - THANKSGIVING
4:40 pm:
Thanksgiving - there will not be a speaker this week.
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