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What is the origin of our Universe? What determines our vacuum and the cosmological constant that is responsible for the observed accelerated expansion of space? What determines the onset of structure formation and the birth of galaxies in our Universe? Our innate curiosity about our beginnings has been, since time immemorial, and still is, at the heart of every human being. This age old question of our origin can now be addressed by applying the scientific method.


The Theoretical Physics and Cosmology (TPC) group at Duluth is a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Our members are actively involved in research on a wide range of topics in theoretical physics and cosmology as well as teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level.

News Archive:

September 1, 2016: Audrey Mithani is appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
May 15, 2016: Hadi Papei receives the outstanding teaching assistant award
May 5, 2016: Vitaly Vanchurin receives mini-grant from Foundational Questions Institute
April 26, 2016: Evan Severson receives Howard G. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Award
April 23, 2016: Third Duluth Physics Olympiad for undergraduate and high-school students
April 11, 2016: Thesis defense: Mudit Jain, Quantum/Statistical Field Theories with Random Potentials
April 1, 2016: Thesis defense: Daniel Schubring, Relativistic Fluids of Topological Defects
September 1, 2015: Eric West is appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
April 28, 2015: Hadi Papei receives Mylan Radulovich Graduate Fellowship
April 24, 2015: Mudit Jain receives Frank and Ruth Friebe Physics Award
April 19, 2015: Second Duluth Physics Olympiad for undergraduate students
Dec. 5, 2014: First Origins Public Lecture by Thorsten Battefeld, see details at Outreach
December 1, 2014: First Duluth Physics Olympiad for high school students
October 01, 2014: Visiting Junior Research Fellowships, see details at Jobs
May 6, 2014: Vitaly Vanchurin receives mini-grant from Foundational Questions Institute
March 29, 2014: First Duluth Physics Olympiad for undergraduate students
January 6-9, 2014: First Duluth Winter School on theoretical physics
July 10, 2013: Vitaly Vanchurin receives research grant from Templeton Foundation
June 20, 2013: Vitaly Vanchurin receives mini-grant from Foundational Questions Institute
May 9, 2013: Vitaly Vanchurin receives research grant from Grant-In-Aid Program
May 9, 2013: Daniel Schubring receives Frank and Ruth Friebe Physics Award
May 9, 2013: Jacob Balma receives Howard G. Hanson Memorial Scholarship Award