University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Professor Robert Lysak
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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights have long been a subject of fascination in folklore and for those of us lucky enough to see them in northern latitudes. Professor Bob Lysak is a theoretician who has been studying the unique physics of aurora since the 1970’s. The classic model of the Aurora is that electrons trapped in the Earth’s magnetosphere are accelerated by quasi-static electric fields that form parallel to the Earth’s magnetic field and cause the light display.


Veit wins Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate Michael J. Veit has won the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. The prestigious Apker award recognizes outstanding achievements and potential for future scientific accomplishment in physics by undergraduate students. Only two winners are selected, one from a Ph.D.-granting institution, and one from a non-Ph.D-granting institution. More »

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes full funding for Tate Lab Remodel

Tate Lab Renovation.jpg

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bonding bill that includes funding to renovate, furnish, and equip the Tate Laboratory of Physics building on the Minneapolis campus. Tate Lab renovation was a top priority for the Governor, the House and the Senate bonding requests. The project is now in the schematic design phase. More »

Goldman wins Buckley Prize

Allen Goldman

Allen Goldman has won the 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize for his "discoveries and pioneering investigations of the superconductor-insulator transition, a paradigm for quantum phase transitions." More »

Physics Force at Northrop Auditorium

Jon Anderson and Shaul Hanany

The Physics Force will present their annual winter shows for Minnesota's school-age children. The highly popular show - performed for over 20,000 spectators every year - demonstrates that physics is interesting, understandable and fun!The performances will be held at Northrop Auditorium on January 12-16, 2015. The Physics Force will also perform on Thursday, January 15 at 7 PM for other students and the public; it is free. The show lasts about an hour. To sign up to attend the show, go to our Eventbrite More »

Five New Faculty 2014-15

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Andrey Chubukov, a theoretical condensed matter physicist, holds the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Natalia Perkins’ research is in condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner focusses on biologic physics. Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Monday, October 27th
12:15 pm:
To be announced.
1:00 pm:
CM Journal Club in 210 Tate
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, October 28th
12:20 pm:
Dislocation Mobility and Anomalous Shear Modulus in Quantum Crystals —
Abdul Malmi-Kakkadi, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 210 Physics
To be announced.
1:25 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
Biophysics Seminar in 210 Physics
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, October 29th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Implications of the first high-energy astrophysical neutrino events in IceCube —
Matt Kistler (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford)
3:35 pm:
Communicating the Heisenberg relations: Niels Bohr and the forgotten Einstein-Rupp Experiments —
Jeroen van Dongen, University of Amsterdam
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, October 30th
12:05 pm:
Mehdi Lemee'
12:15 pm:
Liam Fitzpatrick (Stanford U.)
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