University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Jian Kang
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One of the goals of superconductor research, apart from understanding the physics phenomena, is to discover ways to enhance the transition temperature in superconductors so that they can be made more practical for use in devices. Jian Kang is a postdoctoral researcher, working with Professor Rafael Fernandes in the area of iron-based superconductors. Kang is a theoretical physicist whose research is particularly to understand the mechanism of high Tc superconductors.


Scarlata named to NASA COPAG Executive Committee

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata was selected to be on the Executive Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). COPAG is the analysis arm of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. More »

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

Yong-Zhong Qian

A research team led by Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. More »

Cushman elected Vice-Chair of DPF; plans to improve funding success for young physicists

Priscilla Cushman

Professor Priscilla Cushman was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Particles and Fields (DPF). The DPF is one of fifteen divisions within the APS focused on specialized research areas and includes scientists who study fundamental particles and fields, the design and development of accelerators and instrumentation techniques to carry out this research. Cushman plans to use her term to start a campaign of public and political visibility, including the creation of a policy track to improve career options for graduate students. More »

Physics Force announces winter shows


Physics Force will perform a week of shows for elementary schools at Northrop on the University's campus January 9-13, 2017. Tickets are free but reservations are required. The Physics Force will also perform a free public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM. More »

Chubukov, Fernandes and Greven given grant to form research center

Center for Quantum Materials faculty Andrey Chubukov, Martin Greven, Bharat Jalan, Rafael Fernandes, and Chris Leighton

Three faculty members in the School are part of a $2.6 million grant over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The new Center for Quantum Materials brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Professors Andrey Chubakov, Rafael Fernandes and Martin Greven from the School and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science professors Bharat Jalan and Chris Leighton. More »


Thursday, December 8th
3:35 pm:
Critical Phenomena and the Conformal Bootstrap —
David Poland, Yale University
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, December 9th
10:10 am:
Applications of proton-nucleus reactions at the MeV scale for brain cancer therapy and space exploration —
Yao Leon Meng, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Ferromagnetism in NdTiO3/SrTiO3 Interface —
Yilikal Ayino, University of Minnesota
12:30 pm:
Mysteries at the Bootstrap Frontier —
David Poland (Yale U.)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week.
3:35 pm:
"Material Things and Technologies of the Body in the Golden Mirror, 1742" —
Marta Hanson, Johns Hopkins University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Quantum transport in low-dimensional materials —
Vlad Pribiag, University of Minnesota
Monday, December 12th
12:15 pm:
Tom Jones (University of Minnesota)
12:15 pm:
The Dynamics of Galaxy Cluster Formation as Revealed by Cluster Baryons —
Tom Jones (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, December 13th
4:30 pm:
To be announced. —
Chris Leighton, Chemical Engineering and Material Science
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