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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.


In Memoriam, Professor Hans Courant

Hans Courant

Professor Emeritus Hans Courant, the founder of the high energy physics group at the University of Minnesota, died in Minneapolis on August 21, 2019. He was 94 years old. More »

Kakalios video goes viral


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 »


Friday, September 20th
12:20 pm:
Magnetization damping in half-metallic Heusler alloys —
Bill Peria
12:30 pm:
Spontaneous symmetry breaking as a higher-form anomaly —
Luca Delacretaz (U. Chicago)
2:30 pm:
Hybrid Plasma Simulations of the Acceleration and Back-Reaction of Cosmic Rays on Astrophysical Shocks —
Colby Haggerty, University of Chicago
3:35 pm:
Reimagining the History of Climate Science —
Deborah Coen, Department of History, Yale University
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Many Extremely Magnified Individual Stars as Probes of Dark Matter and Stellar Populations to Redshift z~2 —
Pat Kelly
Monday, September 23rd
12:15 pm:
The Curious Denizens of the Faint End of the HI Mass Function —
John Cannon, Macalester College
Tuesday, September 24th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
Outer belt electron loss driven by solar wind density structures —
Aaron Breneman
3:30 pm:
How many magnetic-field induced phase transitions in α−RuCl3? —
Liang Wu, University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, September 25th
1:25 pm:
Electrons, holes, and excitons in monolayer semiconductors: Insights from optical spectroscopy in (really) high magnetic fields —
Scott Crooker, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Lab
3:35 pm:
Initial Results from Belle II —
David Cinabro, Wayne State University
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