University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Galaxy NGC 2403 with SN54J in the upper left corner.
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Professors Roberta Humphreys and Kris Davidson and graduate student Michael Gordon in the School of Physics and Astronomy and their collaborator Schuyler Van Dyk at Caltech have solved the 63-year-old mystery of a supernova that wasn’t.

In 1954, a star in a nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2403, brightened by about 100 times. It was considered a supernova, the explosion, and annihilation of a giant star, and was named SN 1954J. Its eruption lasted about a year before it faded. But SN1954J was peculiar.


Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »

Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

Vlad Pribiag

Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. 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 »

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 »

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 »


Friday, February 22nd
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
To be announced. —
Tom Welle, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Broken symmetry states in the N = 3 Landau level of GaAs quantum wells with alloy disorder —
Xiaojun Fu
12:30 pm:
High Energy Theory Lunchtime Seminar in Tate 110 (note location change for this week)
Radu Roiban (Penn State)
2:30 pm:
Exploring the coevolution of magnetic fields and galaxies in different environments —
Anna Williams, Macalester University
3:35 pm:
Einstein in Bohemia: Science and Prague before and after the Habsburgs —
Michael Gordin, History - Princeton University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:40 pm:
Carolyn Bishoff, UMN Libraries
Monday, February 25th
12:15 pm:
2:20 pm:
Expanding the Science Reach of Dark Matter Detection with the LZ Experiment —
Dr. Christina Ignarra (SLAC)
Tuesday, February 26th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
1. Overview of Arase and highlights from the prime mission. 2. Highlights from plasma wave observation by Arase —
Y. Miyoshi (Nagoya University, Project Scientist of ERG/Arase mission) and Y. Kasahara (Kanazawa University)
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