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Galaxy NGC 2403 with SN54J in the upper left corner.
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Professors Roberta Humphreys and Kris Davidson and graduate student Michael Gordon in the School of Physics and Astronomy and their collaborator Schuyler Van Dyk at Caltech have solved the 63-year-old mystery of a supernova that wasn’t.

In 1954, a star in a nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2403, brightened by about 100 times. It was considered a supernova, the explosion, and annihilation of a giant star, and was named SN 1954J. Its eruption lasted about a year before it faded. But SN1954J was peculiar.

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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 »


Calendar

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
STEREO Observations of Waves in the Ramp Regions of Interplanetary Shocks —
Zac Cohen, University of Minnesota
This is seminar is also the public portion of Mr. Cohen's Masters' Thesis Defense.
Wednesday, April 25th
1:15 pm:
Spin-Dependent Transport and Superconductivity in SrTiO3-Based Heterostructures —
Vlad Pribiag (University of Minnesota)
NOTE SPECIAL TIME: Seminar starts at 1:15
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
12:30 pm:
Inflation Ends, What’s next ? —
Mustafa Amin (Rice U)
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