University of Minnesota
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Two University astronomers, Kris Davidson and Roberta Humphreys have discovered that a massive binary star system, Eta Car is returning to its original state: that of a hot star easily visible in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Davidson and Humphreys have observed Eta Car since the Hubble Space Telescope first came online in 1990. This series of observations has given them solid evidence that Eta Car-- sometimes called the poster child for very massive stars, because it is the most massive star that is close enough to Earth to be easily observed—is experiencing dramatic changes.


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


Wednesday, November 21st
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
Thursday, November 22nd
12:05 pm:
No journal club, Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 23rd
12:30 pm:
4:40 pm:
Thanksgiving - there will not be a speaker this week.
Monday, November 26th
12:15 pm:
Gravitational wave searches for the post-merger remnants of GW170817 —
Sharan Banagiri, UMN
Tuesday, November 27th
11:15 am:
Nulear Physics Seminar in Physics 301-20 Tate
Strangeness Neutrality and the Phase Structure of QCD —
Fabian Rennecke, Brookhaven National Laboratory
12:15 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
High Amplitude Whistler-Mode Waves —
Evan Tyler
Wednesday, November 28th
1:25 pm:
Kimberley Hill, CEGE
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