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Assistant Professor Patrick Kelly lead 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.


Crowell receives Taylor Teaching Award

Paul Crowell

Professor Paul Crowell of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Science and Engineering. Crowell will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »

Kakalios Receives Taylor Service Award

James Kakalios

Professor James Kakalios of the School of Physics and Astronomy received the 2018 George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service. Kakalios will receive $3,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and research. More »

Greven named McKnight Professor

Martin Greven

Professor Martin Greven of the School of Physics and Astronomy has been selected as a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. The award recognizes Greven's research in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. Greven will receive a grant of $100,000 to be used over a five year period. More »

Dahlberg receives education award

Dan Dahlberg

Professor Dan Dahlberg of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2017-2018 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education by the University. Recipients of the award are made members of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and are conferred with the title of "Distinguished University Teacher." Dahlberg will also receive a $15,000 award to go toward toward research support. More »

SPS Named Outstanding Chapter

Levi Walls at the Family Fun Fair outreach event

The School's chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named "Outstanding Chapter" by the national organization. Chapter President Levi Walls said that "despite being confined to Shepherd Labs due to the Tate remodel, SPS was able to increase the number of opportunities for members to volunteer within the department and community at large." More »


Friday, April 20th
4:40 pm:
Career Panel in Tate 120
Careers in Industry and Academia for Physics PhDs
Everyone welcome, see abstract for full information.
Monday, April 23rd
12:15 pm:
Broadband anti-reflection coatings using “moth-eye” structures in millimeter and submillimeter astronomy —
Qi Wen, UMN
4:40 pm:
Bolometer Response to Elevation Angle in EBEX: How can we detect evidence of inflation in the early universe? —
Irene Moskowitz (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, April 24th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
To be announced.
Wednesday, April 25th
1:25 pm:
Spin-Dependent Transport and Superconductivity in SrTiO3-Based Heterostructures —
Vlad Pribiag (University of Minnesota)
Thursday, April 26th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Gianluigi Veglia, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Sourabh Chauhan
3:35 pm:
Hydrodynamic quantum analogs —
John Bush, MIT
Friday, April 27th
10:10 am:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
To be announced.
12:20 pm:
Signatures of unusual edge physics in the specific heat of Kitaev spin liquids —
Kexin Feng, University of Minnesota
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