University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy
Claudia Scarlata
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Claudia Scarlata is an astrophysicist who studies the formation and evolution of galaxies. One question her research examines is the effect of galaxy formation on the so-called “reionization problem.” In the early universe, about 380,000 years after the Big Bang, free protons and electrons combined to form neutral hydrogen. This process produced a photon after-glow known as the Cosmic Microwave Background. A few hundred million years later, the neutral hydrogen was reionized—i.e. it absorbed high energy photons, released its bound electrons and became ionized hydrogen.


Kakalios receives Honorary Degree

James Kakalios

Professor Jim Kakalios recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom for his "significant contribution to pioneering research and public dissemination in physics." More »

Robinson receives DOE Graduate Student Research Program Award

Zachary Robinson

Physics Ph.D. Candidate Zachary Robinson received the DOE’s 2017 Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program Award. Robinson was one of only 52 students nationwide selected for the award. More »

Minnesota to play key role in planned neutrino experiment

Dune experiment icon

On Friday, July 21 the international neutrino research community will celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead SD. Scientists and political leaders will mark the beginning of construction of the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF). More »

Vievering wins Doherty Award

Julie Vievering

Julie Vievering received the 201-2018 Sharon L. Doherty Award. The award honors University of Minnesota students who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. More »

Latest Zooniverse project searches for "baby" galaxies

Claudia Scarlata

Professor Claudia Scarlata is lead researcher on a new citizen science project that is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find "baby" galaxies that are giving birth to new stars.The project, named Galaxy Nurseries, marks the 100th project and 10-year anniversary of Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform. More »


Friday, September 22nd
3:35 pm:
When Children are Better Learners than Adults: Theory Formation, Causal Models, and the Evolution of Learning —
Alison Gopnik, Department of Psychology, University of California - Berkeley
Refreshments served at 3:15 p.m.
4:40 pm:
Doped Mott insulators and unconventional superconductors: exciting experimental research opportunities —
Martin Greven, University of Minnesota
Monday, September 25th
12:15 pm:
There will be no seminar this week.
Tuesday, September 26th
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
4:30 pm:
See Joint Quantum Materials & Condensed Matter Seminar on Wednesday this week only.
Wednesday, September 27th
1:25 pm:
Bose condensation of excitons in a transition metal dichalcogenide —
Peter Abbamonte, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
3:35 pm:
To be announced.
7:00 pm:
2017 Misel Lecture in Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
Wendy L. Freedman
Thursday, September 28th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
To be announced. —
Dr. Tejas M Gupte, University of Minnesota
12:05 pm:
Matt Gomer
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