News

The XMM-Newton space telescope, shown in an artistic rendering, that detected the X-ray emission from nearby neutron stars.
Research

Excess x-rays from neutron stars could lead to discovery of new particle

Posted January 12, 2021

A team of scientists has found that mysterious x-rays detected from nearby neutron stars may be the first evidence of axions, hypothetical particles that many physicists believe make up dark matter.

Cecil J. Waddington
Research

Remembering Cecil “Jake” Waddington, 1929-2020

Posted October 21, 2020

Emeritus Professor Jake Waddington of the School of Physics and Astronomy passed away on October 1, 2020. He was 91 years old.

Bob Pepin (man with gray hair and mustache standing in front of trees)
Awards

AGU Honors Pepin’s Distinguished Career in Planetary Science

Posted October 1, 2020

Professor Emeritus Robert Pepin of the School of Physics and Astronomy will receive the 2020 Fred Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Lucy Fortson
Awards

Fortson Named APS Fellow

Posted October 1, 2020

Lucy Fortson, Professor and Associate Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Artist conception of supermassive black hole and its surrounding disc of gas
Research

Black hole collision may have exploded with light

Posted June 25, 2020

Possible light flare observed from small black holes within the disk of a massive black hole.

Gas being stripped from a giant star to form an accretion disc around a compact companion (such as a white dwarf star).
External

‘Underappreciated’ Stars Lay a Claim to Our Cosmic Ancestry

Posted June 1, 2020

“The catastrophic ends of some stars are the origins of many life-sustaining elements, such as carbon, oxygen, and the iron in our blood,” said University of Minnesota researcher Chick Woodward.

Left: graph showing a recent spike in activity on Zooniverse. Right: Lucy Fortson
Research

Zooniverse Experiences Quarantine Surge

Posted May 26, 2020

School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Lucy Fortson says that all the increased activity on Zooniverse research problems means that they are getting completed more quickly than expected.

Cynthia Cattell
Awards

Cattell named CSE Distinguished Professor

Posted May 8, 2020

Cynthia Cattell has been named as a College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professor.

Lucy Fortson
Awards

Fortson to receive Taylor Award

Posted April 28, 2020

Professor Lucy Fortson of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics will receive a 2020 George W. Taylor Award from the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Members of the BICEP collaboration in front of the new BICEP Array Telescope at the South Pole.
Research

BICEP array installed at South Pole

Posted February 18, 2020

Professor Clem Pryke and his group are on their way back to Minnesota from the South Pole in Antarctica after completing installation of the new BICEP Array Telescope.