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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.


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

Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize given by the organizers of the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." 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 »

Glesener receives NSF CAREER Award

Lindsay Glesener

Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener received a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Recipients will receive up to $500,000 from NSF for their projects. Her project “Focused Hard X-ray Study of Energy Releases on the Sun and Stellar Objects” is intended to form an important link between the high-energy solar and astrophysics communities, and offers an opportunity to study flares on the Sun and other stars. More »


Friday, September 21st
12:20 pm:
Simulating Crystal Growth in an Optical Floating Zone Furnace —
Scott Dossa
12:30 pm:
No seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Party for Terry Thibeault, no colloquium.
3:35 pm:
The Neurophilosophy of Memory: Reconciling Stable Engrams and Neural Dynamics —
Sarah Robins , Department of Philosophy - University of Kansas
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
New developments and opportunities in quantum materials research —
Martin Greven, Condensed Matter
8:00 pm:
Observing Night in 510-02 Tate
Rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. Presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting).
Monday, September 24th
12:15 pm:
Probing Cosmology with the Dark Energy Survey —
Joshua A. Frieman, Fermilab
3:35 pm:
The pursuit of Majorana fermions in Kitaev materials —
Natalia Perkins, University of Minnesota
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Wednesday, September 26th
1:25 pm:
ARPES studies of the model cuprate HgBa2CuO4+d (Hg1201) —
Inna Vishik, UC Davis
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