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Physicists at the University of Minnesota are getting close to having workable maps of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The CMB is a remnant of the Big Bang and understanding it in depth will help cosmologists piece together how the Universe began and evolved. One of the outstanding questions about the Universe involves an inflationary period right after the Big Bang, in which the Universe expanded at a much faster rate than it is expanding today. This period has been theorized but direct evidence for it has not yet been found.

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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 »

U of M astronomers help citizen scientists discover rare galaxy cluster

Larry Rudnick

Two volunteer participants in the international crowdsourcing research project, Galaxy Zoo, have discovered a rare galaxy cluster 1.2 billion light years away with help from astronomers at the University of Minnesota. More »


Calendar

Friday, September 2nd
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, MN State Fair
Saturday, September 3rd
10:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, Minnesota State Fair
11:00 am:
Physics Force Public Show in University of Minnesota Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Monday, September 5th
Wednesday, September 7th
10:00 am:
TBA —
David Goldhaber-Gordon (Stanford)
2:30 pm:
Composite fermion liquid: from 2DEG to topological insulator surface —
Max Metlitski, Perimeter Institute
Thursday, September 8th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in 115 Ford Hall 
Organizational Meeting
Friday, September 9th
3:35 pm:
"Common Origin Ideas" —
Dr. Michel Janssen, Physics/History of Science and Technology
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14th
2:30 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in Physics PAN 110
Topological phases protected by point group symmetry —
Michael Hermele, University of Colorado at Boulder
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