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Two PhD Studentships in Particle Physics Phenomenology

We are delighted to offer two studentships in particle physics phenomenology in the area of neutrino physics. The two studentship projects are  “From low energy neutrino experiments to the early Universe and back”, joint studentship with Southampton University, and "Probing New Physics Mechanisms of Lepton Number Violation at SNO+" based at QMUL and with formal links with the University of Sussex and University College London.

ATLAS and CMS release an update on SM Higgs boson search

On December 13th, 2011 the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson in a seminar at CERN. Both experiments have seen hints of Higgs boson production in the mass range of 120-130 GeV, but not significant enough to prove the Higgs particle existence. Instead, they have limited its possible existence within the mass ranges of 116-130 GeV (ATLAS) and 115-127 GeV (CMS).

Smaller is Stronger

Metal foils much thinner than a human hair show greater strength than expected. The picture shows that this strength depends only on the size, not on the material properties of the particular metal. These two foils are 10 microns thick, one is nickel and the other copper. They have been annealed to give a large grain size (about 20 microns in both) and bent around the mandrel (the end of which just be seen at the bottom right of the picture.

Meeting on Low Scale Quantum Gravity

A meeting on low energy scale quantum gravity will be hosted by the Particle Physics Research Centre on 7th December. The Meeting seeks to review the status of quantum gravity searches and phenomenology. Latest results from the LHC experiments will be discussed and developments in theoretical approaches will be reviewed. The meeting is free for all researchers.

Postgraduate Open Evening

Join us on our Open Evening on Wednesday 1 February 2012 to find out more about the world-class facilities and research in the School of Physics & Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London. To book a place, please visit this webpage.

Flow Motion

Explore string theory's equations, aesthetics and cultural connections. Flow Motion (multimedia artists Anna Piva and Edward George), David Berman and James Sparks discuss their collaboration and its themes: dimensionality and experience, space and perception, representation and transformation.

New PhD Positions Available

We are pleased to announce two PhD places, available for intake in September 2012 to work on the SNO+ experiment in the particle physics group. These posts, funded by a European Research Council grant are in addition to PhD positions funded through the college and STFC. More details of the SNO+ experiment can be found here.

Neutrino speed at OPERA

An intriguing measurement by the OPERA collaboration may bring into question a long-held consequence of Special Relativity: no matter can travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum. The OPERA experiment measured the neutrino speed faster than the speed of light, where neutrinos were measured arriving at the detector 60ns ahead of the light. The distance traveled between source and detector was 735km. QMUL Particle Physicists are well placed to verify this at the T2K neutrino experiment in the future with an improved system.

Researchers' Night

Building a Lego universe, discovering the computer wizardry behind magic tricks and tracking emotions on Twitter are just some of the fun ways Londoners can learn about cutting-edge research at Queen Mary, University of London on Friday 23 September.

Queen Mary announces Excellence Scholarships of £3,000 a year

Queen Mary, University of London is announcing new additions to its generous range of scholarships for high-achieving home students. Excellence Scholarships – worth £3,000 a year – in Science and Engineering and Modern Foreign Language are part of QM’s approach to encourage the best qualified students into subject areas which have been identified as essential to UK economic growth, and which are highly sought after by employers.

The ATLAS experiment narrows the range in the search for the Higgs boson

The ATLAS experiment presented its latest results on the search for the Higgs boson at the Lepton Photon 2011 symposium in Mumbai, India (22-27 Aug.). This constrains the hypothetical Higgs boson to have a mass either in a narrow range between 115 and 146 GeV or a set of higher, unfavored, values.

1st Anglo-Chinese workshop on spin interactions in organic semiconductors

CCMMP will be holding the 1st Anglo-Chinese workshop on spin interactions in organic semiconductors at QMUL on the 18th August. The meeting will be attended by 5 physicists from Fudan University, China led by Prof Chang-Qin Wu. The aim of the meeting is to develop collaborative links in organic electronics and organic spintronics between QMUL and Fudan university.

New School of Physics and Astronomy

We are very pleased to announce the new School of Physics and Astronomy, bringing together the School of Physics and the Astronomy Unit, on August 1st 2011.

Undergraduate Prizes 2010/11

School of Physics: Undergraduate Prizes 2010/11 go to Dominic Bellamy (E J Wignall Prize), Andrew Bond (E J Irons Prize), David Holford (College Prize for Academic Excellence), Jasvir Bhamrah Harley (F Alan Smith Prize for Continued Academic Excellence), Om Jha (G O Jones Prize for Academic Excellence), and Georgia Wright (College Prize for Academic Excellence).

New European Research Council Award

We are very pleased to announce the recent award of a prestigious five year European Research Council Fellowship to Dr. Jeanne Wilson for Probing fundamental properties of the neutrino at the SNO+ Experiment. This grant of €1,345,000 will fund her research work on the SNO+ experiment, probing the fundamental nature of the neutrino and its possible mass and measuring low energy solar neutrino fluxes which will provide an accurate test of the mysterious oscillation of neutrinos from one type into another.

HINTS consortium kick-off

The HINTS consortium, a team of European academic and industry researchers, has recently had its project kick-off meeting in Bologna, Italy. Funded by the European Union Framework Programme 7 under the NMP theme, the €3.9M project will develop and deliver innovative hybrid organic-inorganic materials with engineered spin transfer efficiency at the hybrid interface.

New T2K Result

The T2K QMUL neutrino group (, contributed to the ground-breaking result of the first indication of muon into electron neutrinos appearance announced today by the T2K collaboration. This could be the gateway to the resolution of one of the biggest mysteries in fundamental physics – where did the matter in the universe come from?

Explorations in Eleven Dimensions

Anna Piva & Edward George, in collaboration with Dr. David Berman, Reader in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary, are developing Explorations in Eleven Dimensions, a multimedia art installation and sound art performance based on a series of sonic, visual, and textual readings of string theory’s equations, themes and aesthetic concerns.

Forthcoming conferences

The PPRC group is hosting two half-day meetings of the Institute of Physics, one on Neutrino Oscillations Status (April 18th) and one on Top Quark Physics (May 18th).

Astronomy event for Alumni and Friends

Professor Jim Emerson spoke about the building of VISTA, the largest infra-red survey telescope in the world, and Professor Richard Nelson gave a talk about planetary systems in the galaxy. Saturday 26th March

Marcus Chown lecture

Marcus Chown, Queen Mary alumnus and award-winning writer, broadcaster and successful iPad app author, will be talking at Queen Mary about his work and career. Thursday 19th May.

New staff

The School of Physics, Queen Mary, University of London, is welcoming four new academic staff for 2010/11, three from Cambridge and one from Michigan/Harvard, plus four new administrative staff, two new postdoctoral researchers and nineteen new PhD students.

New Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, starting from May 1st 2011. The new Centre will be headed by Professor Martin Dove, joining us from the University of Cambridge.

QM Physicists in major new particle physics facility in Europe

Dr. Adrian Bevan, together with other members from the School of Physics are playing a leading role in the foundation of a major new 500M Euro laboratory to be built in Italy. This "super-B" laboratory will be dedicated to the search for new physics at high energy in a complementary way to the high-energy Large Hadron Collider...

VISTA into the Blue Lagoon

The international telescope consortium VISTA, led by Queen Mary astronomers, has been exploring the Milky Way using infra-red radiation, opening new windows into the core regions previously obscured by dust. The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius has recently been mapped, showing fine detail in this active star-formation area and expanding our knowledge of how our galaxy formed.