University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
James Kakalios
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Professor James Kakalios is a condensed matter experimental physicist whose research involves the growth and study of materials that combine amorphous and nanocrystalline semiconductors. Kakalios and his colleague and collaborator, Prof. Uwe Kortshagen in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota are hoping to get the best of both worlds out of these entirely new, hybrid materials. The composites combine the ease of deposition over large areas at low cost provided by amorphous silicon with the superior electronic properties of crystalline silicon.


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 public show on Thursday, January 12 at 7 PM ; it is free. More »

Shifman and Vainshtein win Dirac Medal

Mikhail Shifman ande Arkady Vainshtein

Professors Mikahil Shifman and Arkady Vainshtein were awarded the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2016 Dirac Medal and Prize in Theoretical Physics. They were cited for their "contributions to a better understanding of field theories in the non-perturbative regime and in particular for exact results in supersymmetric field theories." More »

NOvA finds unexpected neutrino behavior

Greg Pawloski

Scientists from the NOvA collaboration have announced an exciting new result that could improve our understanding of the behavior of neutrinos. More »

Valls made member of APS Executive Committee

Oriol Valls

The American Physical Society has appointed Professor Oriol T. Valls as ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Forum on Physics and Society and as Editor of “Physics and Society," the Forum’s newsletter. More »

Kakalios wins award for cultural contributions to physics

James Kakalios

Professor James Kakalios won the 2016 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Gemant Award. Kakalios was recognized for his contributions to the popular understanding of physics. He is the author of books such as the "The Physics of Superheroes" and "The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics." More »


Tuesday, September 27th
09:30 am:
A review of plasma thrusters —
Scott Thaller, University of Minnesota
3:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in Vincent Hall 364
Measurement of the associated production of a Z boson with a J/psi meson with the CMS experiment at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV —
Jared Turkewitz, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Turkewitz's thesis defense.
Wednesday, September 28th
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics 110 PAN
Miracle of topological phases of quantum matter: From Schrödinger to Einstein —
Arun Bansil, Northeastern University, Boston
3:35 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
CM Journal Club in PAN 110
Kosterlitz-Thouless transition —
Mengxing Ye
Thursday, September 29th
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
T Computing with Crappy Clocks (C^3): A New Paradigm for Molecular Computing —
Prof. Marc Riedel University of Minnesota, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Please note change of time from previous announcement. The seminar will be held at 11:15 for the remainder of the semester.
12:05 pm:
Qi Wen
3:35 pm:
Looking at the weird building blocks of the universe with the NOvA detectors —
Greg Pawloski
Refreshments to be served outside Keller 3-210 after the colloquium.
Friday, September 30th
10:10 am:
Event-by-event fluctuations and their consequence for Hanbury Brown-Twiss interferometry —
Christopher Plumberg, University of Minnesota
12:20 pm:
Transport Properties of Exchange Biased Mesoscale Wires —
James Delles, University of Minnesota
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