University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Woods Halley
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J. Woods Halley has worked many years on problems associated with alternative energy. Halley applies his knowledge of the physics of electro-chemistry to energy-relevant problems. He has been working with chemists from 3M and Argonne National Laboratory on problems in hydrogen fuel cells proposed for use in cars that would refill at hydrogen stations.


Burnell wins CAREER Award

Fiona Burnell

Professor Fiona Burnell of the School of Physics and Astronomy has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Burnell's project is titled, "Topology and Symmetry in Physics Beyond the Landau Paradigm" and has received grant support for three years at $90,000 per year. There are only about 600 CAREER Awards given out per year across all fields of scientific endeavor. More »

Gov. Dayton signs bonding bill which includes $119.4 million for Tate Lab Remodel

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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 »

A New Way to Die? Simulations Show Ancient Supermassive Stars Could Supernova

If supermassive stars—55,500 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—did exist when the Universe was very young, they could have died in a special kind of supernova. But if the stars were slightly more massive—56,000 solar masses—they would have become supermassive black holes, say astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of Minnesota. Their findings were recently published in Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). More »

Veit chosen as finalist for Apker Award

Michael Veit

Recent University of Minnesota graduate, Michael J. Veit, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Leroy Apker award of the American Physical Society. Veit earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics with high distinction. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked for more than two years in Professor Martin Greven's laboratory, were he grew crystals and pursued state-of-the-art charge transport measurements of cuprate superconductors. More »

School to add five new faculty in 2014

The School of Physics and Astronomy will welcome five new faculty members in the 2014-2015 academic year: Andrey Chubukov, Natalia Perkins, Elias Puchner, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. Professor Chubakov has accepted the the William and Bianca Fine Chair in Theoretical Physics. Professor Perkins specializes condensed matter theory. Elias Puchner specializes in biologic physics and Professors Pribiag and Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists.


Wednesday, September 17th
10:30 am:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Design, Implementation, and Calibration of Half-Wave Plate Polarimetry for the E and B Experiment —
Jeff Klein
This is the public portion of Mr. Klein's thesis defense.
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Hydrodynamical fluctuations of the universe —
Clint Young, University of Minnesota
3:35 pm:
Inflation and cosmological attractors —
Andrei Linde, Stanford University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, September 18th
12:05 pm:
Soroush Sotoudeh and Terry Jones
12:15 pm:
Nambu-Goldstone bosons in nonrelativistic systems —
Haruki Watanabe (U. California, Berkeley)
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Old issues in the quantum Hall effect revisited —
Wei Pan, Sandia National Labs
Friday, September 19th
2:30 pm:
See Misel lecture Sept 16th and SPA colloquium Sept. 17th —
No colloquium
3:35 pm:
Generation, Individuation, and Teleology: Malebranche's and Leibniz's Divergent Theories of Pre-formation —
Karen Detlefsen, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Superconductivity -- what is super about it —
Andrey Chubukov, University of Minnesota
Monday, September 22nd
12:15 pm:
Zhen Yuan, U Minnesota
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