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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.

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Gherghetta receives Simons Fellowship

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Professor Tony Gherghetta received the 2019 Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program extends academic leaves from one term to a full year, enabling recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Gherghetta is a theoretical physicist specializing in physics beyond the standard model. More »

Mandic receives Distinguished McKnight Professorship

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Professor Vuk Mandic of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Mandic's research in the field of experimental cosmology and astrophysics. Mandic will receive a grant of $120,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award

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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

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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

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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 »


Calendar

Friday, March 22nd
11:00 am:
There will be no seminar this week due to Spring Break.
12:30 pm:
SPRING BREAK -- No seminar
2:30 pm:
There will be be no colloquium this week due to spring break
4:40 pm:
Spring break, no seminar this week
Monday, March 25th
12:15 pm:
TBD
Tuesday, March 26th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Fast time variations in solar flare X-ray flux - A probe for particle acceleration —
Trevor Knuth
4:00 pm:
Physics Guided Machine Learning: A New Paradigm for Modeling Dynamical Systems —
Vipin Kumar
4:40 pm:
CM Journal Club in Tate 201
Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Moire Band —
Yiming Wu
Wednesday, March 27th
1:25 pm:
Dirty Entangled Quantum Magnets —
Itamar Kimchi, University of Colorado - Boulder
Faculty Co-Host: Alex Kamenev
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