University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
James Kakalios
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Professor James Kakalios is a condensed matter experimental physicist whose research involves the growth and study of materials that combine amorphous and nanocrystalline semiconductors. Kakalios and his colleague and collaborator, Prof. Uwe Kortshagen in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota are hoping to get the best of both worlds out of these entirely new, hybrid materials. The composites combine the ease of deposition over large areas at low cost provided by amorphous silicon with the superior electronic properties of crystalline silicon.

News

Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Wick wins Reichert Award

Kurt Wick

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Keith Olive

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »


Calendar

Friday, November 17th
4:40 pm:
Origin of Life: A problem in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. —
Woods Halley, University of Minnesota
Monday, November 20th
12:15 pm:
Dissecting z>1 Galaxy Clusters: Studying Star Formation from the Outskirts to the Core —
Allison Noble, MIT, Kavli Institute
Tuesday, November 21st
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Observations directly linking relativistic electron microbursts to whistler mode chorus: Van Allen Probes and FIREBIRD II —
Aaron Breneman, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Spin magnetization and entropy measurements in two-dimensional systems —
Alexander Kuntsevich, P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Thursday, November 23rd
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
12:05 pm:
No Journal Club - Thanksgiving holiday
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week due to Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24th
12:30 pm:
NO SEMINAR (THANKSGIVING)
2:30 pm:
No colloquium - Thanksgiving Holiday
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week (Thanksgiving Break)
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