University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Vuk Mandic
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Professor Vuk Mandic is an observational cosmologist involved in the search for gravitational waves with LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.) Gravitational Waves were predicted by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, but have yet to be observed in the natural world.


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 »

Four 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 and Vlad Pribiag. 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 is a condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Monday, November 24th
12:15 pm:
New insights on the Stellar Haloes and the Assembly of Galaxies with Eris and the Illustris Simulations —
Annalisa Pillepich, Center for Astrophysics
1:00 pm:
CM Journal Club in 210 Tate
Fermi liquid and non-Fermi liquid —
Jiashen Cai
Tuesday, November 25th
12:20 pm:
Anomalously large capacitance in a carbon nanotube device —
Han Fu, 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, November 26th
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
To be announced.
3:35 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week
Thursday, November 27th
12:05 pm:
There will be no journal club this week-University closed for Thanksgiving
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week-University Closed for Thanksgiving
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