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Bob Gehrz

Gehrz on the Science of Hockey

School of Astronomy Professor Robert Gehrz participated in a series of short films for NBC Sports called "The Science of NHL Hockey." Gehrz contributes to segments on Kinematics, Force, Impulse, & Collision, Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, and Projectile Motion. More »

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Construction continues on Physics and Nanotechnology Building

Construction continues on the new Physics and Nanotechnology building which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. The $83 million facility will house 125 new offices and 40 new state-of-the-art laboratories. It will feature a 5,000 square foot clean room and a "high bay" for assembling large experimental equipment. The site is located at the corner of Beacon and Union Streets, just north of the Scholar's Walk. More »

Keith Olive

Olive interviewed by popular science writer, Gary Taubes

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Keith Olive was interviewed by popular science author, Gary Taubes. Taubes discusses some of Olive's research on Supersymmetry and the impetus behind some of his most heavily cited papers. More »

Shaul Hanany

Hanany made APS Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Shaul Hanany was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for developing novel techniques for, and making important measurements of, the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation and its polarization, particularly on balloon borne instruments." More »


Physics Force at the Convention Center

The Physics Force will perform a series of shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center between February 6-10, 2012. These shows are free and open to K-12 students and home school groups. There is a free public show in the evening of February 9th. RSVP is required. More »

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Kamenev writes book on non-equilibrium field theory

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Alexander Kamenev has a written a book called "The Field Theory of Non-equilibrium Systems" which has been published by Cambridge University Press. The book is intended to be a reference for advanced graduate students and researchers in condensed matter physics. More »


Officials break ground on Physics and Nanotechnology Building

Officials from the Minnesota State Legislature and University broke ground on the Physics and Nanotechnology building at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 12th. Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, Linda Cohen, Chair of the Board of Regents, Susan Von Mosch, Interim Director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Tom Sullivan, Provost of the University and Steven Crouch, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering joined representatives from the School of Physics and Astronomy in lifting the ceremonial shovel. More »


Open House November 3rd

The School will hold an open house for prospective majors and high school students on Thursday, November 3, 2011. The event will include talks on jobs in physics, lab tours and an evening performance by the Physics Force. More »


Dyakonov to deliver special colloquium

Michel Dyakonov, a theoretical physicist who predicted the Spin Hall Effect will deliver a special colloquium: The Erikson Lecture. Dyakonov will deliver the lecture, "The Spin Hall Effect" on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Physics 131. More »


MINOS to help settle question of faster than light neutrinos

A European neutrino recently made a the controversial announcement that neutrinos travel faster than light. The results contradicted Einstein's theory of relativity, but were similar to a 2007 measurement of neutrino speed recorded at the MINOS far detector in the Soudan Underground Mine in Northern Minnesota. MINOS physics assumed their faster than light result was due to the margin of error in their calculation. With the attention surrounding the OPERA result MINOS physicists are planning a more accurate experiment to settle the question once and for all. More »

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