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Barry Costanzi is a graduate student in Professor Dan Dahlberg’s Magnetic Microscopy and Transport group. Costanzi’s research involves a novel method of creating magnetic tunnel junctions by using Electron Beam Induced Deposition (EBID). His work is in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and requires him to travel to Sweden every couple of months.


Tate Renovation Ground Breaking


University officials broke ground on the renovation of the Tate Science and Teaching building (formerly Tate Laboratory of Physics) at a ceremony on September 30, 2015. The occasion marked the official beginning of the two-year renovation scheduled to be completed in Fall of 2017 that will transform the 89 year old building into the joint home of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences. More »

The public can view the renovation live on this web cam.

NOvA Experiment Announces First Results

NOvA Far Detector

University of Minnesota physicists Professor Greg Pawloski and Dr. Jianming Bian recently presented the first results from the NOvA experiment at a special seminar delivered to the School of Physics and Astronomy. The University of Minnesota is by far the largest university group in NOvA, which is the flagship experiment of the U.S. neutrino program. The 14 kiloton far detector is located near Ash River in Northern Minnesota. More »

Riess to deliver Kaufmanis Lecture


Nobel Laureate Adam Riess will deliver the annual Kaufmanis Public Lecture on April 21, 2016. Riess will speak on the topic of "Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe." Riess, who is a Professor at John Hopkins University and a member of the Space Telescope Science Institute won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 for discovering that expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating, implying in the simplest interpretation, that the energy density is non-vanishing, even in the absence of any matter and radiation. More »

SPS Chapter receives outreach award

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) received a Marsh W. White Award for physics outreach. The group received $300 to use toward outreach activities. The group used the money to purchase items for their outreach demo box.

LHC Start-up Breaks Energy Record

One of the first collisions with

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland ended a two-year shut down recently. The LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. The collider will now run round the clock for the next three years. University of Minnesota Professors Yuichi Kubota, Jeremiah Mans and Roger Rusack are part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC. “We start a new era in LHC operations: search and discovery in a new energy regime," Rusack said. More »


Monday, October 5th
12:45 pm:
Stellar Origin of $^{10}$Be and a Low-Mass Supernova Trigger for the Formation of the Solar System —
Projjwal Banerjee, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, October 6th
12:00 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 210
No CMT Journal Club this week.
Wednesday, October 7th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
1:25 pm:
Optimal number of terms in QED series and its consequence in condensed matter implementations of QED —
Eugene Kolomeisky - University of Virginia
3:35 pm:
Cosmogenic isotope production by muon capture in Double Chooz —
Matt Strait, University of Chicago
Thursday, October 8th
12:05 pm:
Michael Gordon, Dinesh Shenoy, Roberta Humphreys
12:30 pm:
Rouzbeh Allahverdi
3:35 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 230 STSS/Bruininks Hall
Nature’s molecular machines: a materials science approach —
Giovanni Zocchi, UCLA
Refreshments to be served outside 230 SSTS after the colloquium.
Friday, October 9th
11:15 am:
There will be no seminar this week.
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