University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Paul Crowell
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The end is near for CMOS technology, and Paul Crowell is trying to do something about that. “CMOS” stands for “complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor,” and CMOS technology is responsible for all the calculators, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and just about every non-abacus computing device in the world. Over the past 70 years or so, scientists and engineers have consistently made CMOS transistors smaller and more energy efficient, which is why your cell phone has more computing power than the most powerful mainframe in 1960.


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 »

Local SPS named outstanding chapter

SPS Student at an outreach event

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Society of Physics Students was named an outstanding chapter for the year 2015. "SPS has continuously worked hard to provide opportunities for our members to thrive both in academic as well as social pursuits," said Chapter President, Levi Walls. 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 »


Friday, January 20th
11:15 am:
Organizational Meeting
12:20 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
12:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
2:30 pm:
No Colloquium
3:35 pm:
"Considering Temporal Heterogeneity in Autism” —
Jed Elison, Institute of Child Development - University of Minnesota
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.
4:40 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
4:40 pm:
To be announced.
Monday, January 23rd
12:15 pm:
Phenomenology of Trapped Inflation —
Lauren Pearce, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, January 24th
12:20 pm:
The Success and the Science of the Student-Built MinXSS Solar CubeSat —
James Mason, University of Colorado
Wednesday, January 25th
1:25 pm:
In search of Majorana Fermions in a honeycomb semiconductor —
Arnab Banerjee, ORNL - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Candidate for the Condensed Matter Experimental Assistant Professor Position
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