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Isabelle Van Hattan, young woman wearing a lab coat, mask and shower cap standing next to a detector module

Mu2e an (almost) impossible experiment

Physicists at the University of Minnesota are building an experiment that they readily admit is almost impossible. The Mu2e collaboration is a detector that will study a very rare process in
Shaul Hanany

New Careers Program brings new opportunities for students

Professor Shaul Hanany has led a new effort to address the large gap in career opportunities in academia and the number of physics and astronomy graduates in the U.S.
Zhen Liu, a man with dark hair and glasses wearing a green button down shirt and blue sweater.

Zhen Liu: Hidden Sector Physics

Zhen Liu is a new theoretical high energy physicist at the School. His research focuses on “hidden sector physics” an area of theoretical physics aimed at answering fundamental questions in particle
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Local SPS group named Outstanding Chapter; launches new website

The local chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the national organization.
Meg Foster

Alumni Profile: Meg Foster

For recent graduate, Meg Foster, the first year of Grad school has held a number of unexpected challenges.
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Alumni In Memoriam: Raphael Aronson

B.S. Physics, 1947, 1928 - 2018
Dr. John Hoffman

Alumni In Memoriam: Dr. John Hoffman

Dr. John Hoffman, Ph.D Physics, 1954, 1930-2021
woman with glasses

The Red Hypergiant VY CMa – Betelgeuse on Steroids

Professor Roberta Humphreys of the School of Physics and Astronomy led a study with the Hubble Space Telescope to explain the origin of numerous high mass-loss ejections from a very massive star.
Zhen Liu

The School Welcomes Zhen Liu to the faculty

Assistant Professor Zhen Liu joined the school on December 28, 2020. He is originally from Zhenghou, an ancient city in central China. “I grew up near the old dirt city wall built 2200 years ago,”
Vlad Pribiag

Pribiag to help lead NSF-funded ‘Global Quantum Leap’

Effort aims to accelerate the discovery of next generation computing and communications systems

School of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Calendar