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Oriol Valls
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Oriol T. Valls and students, Klaus Halterman and Paul Barsic, have been studying some unusual properties of nanostructures consisting of intercalated superconductor and ferromagnetic materials. Such structures are very interesting for a variety of technological (application to "spintronics") and scientific reasons. They exhibit what is called "proximity effects:" the superconductivity leaks into the magnetic layers and the magnetism into the superconducting ones.


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

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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 »

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 »

Five 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, Vlad Pribiag and Jake Koralek. 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 and Jake Koralek are condensed matter experimentalists. Professors Chubukov, Perkins and Pribiag joined the School in summer 2014.


Friday, October 31st
2:00 pm:
Wilsonian and Large N approaches to Quantum Critical Metals —
Liam Fitzpatrick (Stanford U.)
2:30 pm:
The Radioscience Experiment (REX), on the New Horizons Mission to Pluto —
Ivan Linscott, Stanford
3:35 pm:
A Virtuous Theorist’s Theoretical Virtues: Einstein on Physics versus Mathematics and Experience versus Unification —
Jeroen van Dongen, History of Science, University of Amsterdam/Utrecht University
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Theory of correlated materials: from high-temperature superconductors to quantum magnets —
Rafael Fernandes, University of Minnesota
Monday, November 3rd
12:15 pm:
Kristy McQuinn, U Minnesota
1:00 pm:
CM Journal Club in 210 Tate
Quantum Phase Transitions of Metals in 2+1 Dimensions Part II —
Michael Schuett
Tuesday, November 4th
12:20 pm:
Special CM seminar in Physics 435
Many-body localization without quenched disorder —
Markus Mueller, ICTP Trieste
Wednesday, November 5th
3:35 pm:
Hans Courant's 90th Birthday Symposium:Highlights of the Physics Challenges during the Manhattan Project —
Ben Bederson, NYU & Susan Seestrom, Texas A&M
Refreshments served in Room 216 Physics after colloquium
Thursday, November 6th
12:05 pm:
Tony Young and Michael Rutkowski
12:15 pm:
Beyond slow-roll —
P. Daniel Meerburg (Princeton U.)
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