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Fiona Burnell is a condensed matter theorist who studies exotic phases of matter. These are materials which do not display long-ranged order at low temperatures (which is typical of low-temperature behaviour in many materials, such as magnets), but are also not ordinary metals. One of the most bizarre examples of an exotic phase is a fractionalized system, where there appear to be particles that carry a fraction of the charge of the electron. “This seems very surprising because we know that you can’t subdivide an electron,” Burnell explains.


Knauber wins Ovshinsky Award


Brenda Knauber, a physics Ph.D. candidate in Professor James Kakalios’s research group, has been selected for an Ovshinsky Student Travel Award to present her research on "Hierarchical Kinetics in 1/f Noise in Amorphous and Polycrystalline Semiconductor Thin Films" at the 2019 March American Physical Society’s (APS) Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. More »

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 »


Friday, February 15th
12:30 pm:
Ultra-light dark photons from a network of cosmic strings —
Andrew Long (U. Michigan)
2:30 pm:
There will be no colloquium this week. (Faculty candidate presentation on Thursday).
3:35 pm:
To be announced
4:40 pm:
Bharat Jalan, CEMS
Monday, February 18th
12:15 pm:
3:35 pm:
Neutrinos in High Definition —
David Caratelli (FNAL)
Tuesday, February 19th
1:25 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
Wave generation by relativistic electron beams in a plasma: Initial results fromLAPD run —
Cynthia Cattell and Chris Colpitts
4:00 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Wednesday, February 20th
1:25 pm:
Magneto-transport phenomena related to the chiral anomaly in Weyl and Dirac semimetals —
Boris Spivak, University of Washington
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