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A research team at the University of Minnesota has been using the power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona to search for planets outside our solar system in hopes of answering some questions about the evolution of our own.

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Minnesota space physicists make discovery that may help improve space weather predictions

Aaron Breneman

Dr. Aaron Breneman, researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy, was lead author on a paper which helps explain the mechanism which causes highly energetic electrons that reach the Earth’s atmosphere. Such particles can cause the auroral displays--the Northern Lights in Northern Minnesota, for example, and can damage satellites and other spacecraft. One of the goals of this research is to help predict space “weather” which can adversely affect human activity and technology. More »

Real rocket science for undergraduates

Lindsay Glesener

Professor Lindsay Glesner and her research group were featured in an article about young scientists working on a NASA satellite project called EXACT. The article focuses on Abi Valero, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics, who is part of Glesener's space physics research laboratory. More »

Wick wins Reichert Award

Kurt Wick

Senior Scientist, Kurt Wick will receive the American Physical Society 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. Wick has guided the Methods of Experimental Physics courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy for thirty years. More »

Olive to receive Bethe Prize

Keith Olive

Professor Keith Olive was named as the recipient of the 2018 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society (APS). Olive received the prize for his research across a number of disciplines including nuclear physics, particle physics, theoretical and observational astrophysics, and cosmology, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the properties of Dark Matter. More »

LIGO detects gravitational waves from Neutron Star collision

An artist's rendering of the collision of two neutron stars

For the first time, physicists have detected gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. The observation was made by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries, including the University of Minnesota. More »


Calendar

Monday, December 11th
12:15 pm:
Using A Highly Magnified Star and the Multiply Imaged Supernova Refsdal to Constrain the Outcomes of Star Formation, Stellar Evolution, and the Abundance of Primordial Black Holes —
Patrick Kelly, UMN
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in Tate 201-20
Fast neutrino oscillations in supernovae —
Huaiyu Duan
(Note Special Time)
Tuesday, December 12th
11:15 am:
Recent advances in CPP-GMR materials: Heusler alloys and new non-magnetic spacers —
Tomoya Nakatani
12:20 pm:
Space Physics Seminar in Tate 301-20
There will be no seminar this week.
2:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in PAN 110
Magnetism for Data Storage: Magnetoresistance Enhancement by Wave Vector Filtering and Transition Shifts in HAMR —
Ziran Wang, University of Minnesota
This is the public portion of Mr. Wang's thesis defense. His advisor is Randall Victora.
Wednesday, December 13th
09:05 am:
1:25 pm:
Thermal transport in Kitaev-Heisenberg spin systems —
Wolfram Brenig, Technical University Braunschweig
3:35 pm:
There is no seminar this week.
Thursday, December 14th
10:10 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
There will be no seminar this week.
12:00 pm:
Thesis Defense in 301-20 Tate
Ryan Arneson
This is the public portion of Mr. Arneson's thesis defense. His advisor is Robert Gehrz.
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