University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Yilikal Ayino
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Yilikal Ayino is a graduate student doing condensed matter experiments, working in Vlad Pribiag’s laboratory. Pribiag’s lab is interested in two areas of research, quantum spin transport and Majorana physics in condensed matter systems. The focus is on low dimensional systems – two dimensional electron gases, nanowires, and quantum dots. The group is especially interested in materials that have high spin-orbit coupling, such as Indium antimonide or indium arsenide.

News

Kakalios video goes viral

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Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy made a video "Physicist Breaks Down The Science Of 10 Iconic Marvel Scenes" that has had 1.6 million views in less than a week. Kakalios has written three popular physics books including the "Physics of Superheroes" making him a much sought-after expert commentator. More »

Scarlata receives Taylor Research Award

Claudia Scarlata

Associate Professor Claudia Scarlata won the College of Science and Engineering George W. Taylor Distinguished Research Award. The award comes with $3,000 to be used in Scarlata's research in astrophysics. The Distinguished Research Award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research. More »

Pribiag Named McKnight Land-Grant Professor

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag was named a 2019 McKnight Land-Grant Professor. The program is designed to advance the careers of new assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives. Pribiag's research is in novel low-dimensional quantum materials and devices for information processing. This research investigates new materials, aimed at transcending the limitations of traditional semi-conductor computers. More »

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 »


Calendar

Thursday, May 23rd
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 201-20 Tate Hall
Charge order, Magnetism and Superconductivity In Iron-Based Superconductors and their Interplay —
Ruiqi Xing, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Xing's Thesis Defense. His advisor is Andrey V. Chubukov.
Friday, May 24th
12:20 pm:
Special Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics Tate 301-20
Engineering Majorana zero modes. —
Andrey Antipov, Microsoft Station Q
Monday, May 27th
Tuesday, May 28th
11:00 am:
Special Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics Tate 201-20
Gapless spin liquid in the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions —
Ying-Jer Kao, National Taiwan University
Friday, June 21st
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lake Maria State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, June 22nd
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Lowry Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, June 28th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, June 29th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Friday, July 5th
8:30 pm:
Universe in the Park in Eastman Nature Center
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
Saturday, July 6th
3:35 pm:
Universe in the Park in Wild Riber State Park
Presentations are held rain or shine from 8:30 to 10:00 or 11:00pm, including telescope observing.
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