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Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly led a team of researchers that set a distance record and discovered the farthest individual star ever seen. The star, nicknamed Icarus, is 9 billion light-years away--halfway across the visible universe--and would ordinarily not be visible even to the most powerful telescopes. Gravitational lensing allowed the Hubble Space Telescope to pick out Icarus, whose official name is MACS 1149+2223 Lensed Star 1. The unique opportunity to study Icarus also allowed researchers to rule out one of the theories about the mystery of dark matter.


Minnesota physicists receive grant to develop quantum computing

Vlad Pribiag

Professors Vlad Pribiag and Paul Crowell from the School of Physics and Astronomy are part of a group that will receive a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop materials and device knowledge for creating quantum computing. More »

Skillman elected as APS Fellow


Professor Evan Skillman was elected a 2018 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his contributions to "observational constraints on the primordial helium abundance and significant contributions to understanding the chemical evolution of galaxies." More »

Shklovskii awarded 2019 Buckley Prize


Professor Boris Shklovskii of the School of Physics and Astronomy and William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute was jointly awarded the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics. The prize recognizes his "pioneering research in the physics
of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” More »

Chubukov Awarded Bardeen Prize

Andrey Chubukov

FTPI Professor Andrey Chubukov was a winner of the 2018 John Bardeen Prize for his "seminal contributions to the theory of unconventional superconductivity, including applications to the iron-based superconductors." The prize was given at the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity. More »

Solar probe to provide closest-ever observations of a star

Parker Solar Probe

The Parker Solar Probe launched on August 12, 2018 will travel closer to the surface of the Sun than any previous spacecraft. Space physicist from the School contributed to the design and build of instruments on the probe. More »


Monday, January 21st
Tuesday, January 22nd
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, January 23rd
1:30 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
3:35 pm:
To be announced
Thursday, January 24th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:05 pm:
Today's Journal Club meeting will be the faculty candidate presentation
12:15 pm:
Faculty candidate presentation in Physics 301-20 Tate
Frontiers Of Multi-Messenger Gravitational-Wave Astrophysics —
Stephen Taylor, California Institute of Technology
Candidate for the MIfA faculty position
3:35 pm:
From the Old to the New World of Nuclear Physics, 1919-1939 —
Roger Steuwer, U of Minnesota
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.
Friday, January 25th
11:00 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Organizational Meeting
12:20 pm:
Anomalous Electronic Conduction in Composite Silicon Films —
Nathan Bosch
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