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UK and China seek cooperation opportunities in fusion energy

Experts from the School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London, form part of the British fusion energy delegation visiting China to enhance collaboration on fusion energy decommissioning and waste disposal. The full report can be found on he website of the British Embassy in Beijing.

ELS 007 Research Writing Workshop

In cooperation with the Language and Learning Unit, we have set up a new in-session writing course designed for our PhD students. The course is aimed at developing academic writing skills. The course will include several paper- and thesis-writing sessions with the feedback to follow, and should assist students in their current and future writing of scientific papers, PhD theses, and other academic and professional contributions.

VISTA creates huge nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars

A nine-gigapixel zoomable image of 84 million stars has been created by an international team of astronomers using the UK-built VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. The image is so large that, if printed with the resolution of the average book, it would be nine metres long and seven metres tall.

QM Physics Mobile App

The School's new iPhone app QM Physics is now available in the Apple app store. We are also working on an android version and this will be released soon.

Inside Out Festival

Dr David Berman will appear in a panel discussion as part of the opening of the "Inside Out" festival organised by the London Cultural exchange. The disuccsion will cover, Life the universe and everything. Other panelists include, Professor of Christianity and the Arts, Ben Quash; Prof. Simon Wessely (Head of Psychological medicine at Kings College) and Dr Shahidha Bari cofounder of "How to live", salon.

National Student Survey Results

Results from the NSS show that the QM School of Physics and Astronomy has 97% student satisfaction - top in the Russell Group, top in London and second highest in the UK. More details on the College's rankings are available here.



The Higgs "seen" at CERN

CERN researchers working on the LHC have announced that they have discovered a particle where they would expect to find a Higgs boson. The announcement is a step forward for modern physics and Queen Mary has contributed technical expertise, engineering experience and computing resources to this work. The announcement however is not a categorical declaration of the Higgs existence or how it fits into the larger picture. 

T2K strikes back after the earthquake

One year after the magnitudo 9 earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, T2K started to take data again. After 3 months of data taking, the first results from T2K after the earthquake were presented at the Neutrino 2012  conference in Kyoto, Japan. The T2K collaboration presented new results on electron neutrino appearance from muon neutrino that confirmed their previous published results in PRL, in July 2011, which reported the first single experimental indication that θ13 is non-zero and large with a 2.5 σ level of significance.

BaBar Tests the Standard Model

BaBar recently unveiled two results that test the limits of the Standard Model of Particle Physics.  Both of these were shown at the Flavor Physics and CP Violation (FPCP 2012) conference in China during May.  The first of these was a measurement of B mesons decaying into a final state containing either a Dτν or a D*τν.  Too many events were found, and the combination of these measurements is in tension with the Standard Model, the measured result is 3.4σ from what was expected, with a p value of 6.9×10-4

Physics Across Disciplines

The School of Physics and Astronomy  (SPA) organised an afternoon event on the theme of "Physics across Disciplines" in May 2012. There were four talks, one from  each of the research groups of the newly merged SPA. Further details can be found here.

Wednesday 9th May 2012 15.30-20.00

G O Jones Lecture Theatre

Glittering Trails

PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists working with images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have discovered strange half-mile-sized (kilometer-sized) objects punching through parts of Saturn's F ring, leaving glittering trails behind them.

New Staff

The School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary, University of London, is pleased to announce the following new lecturers from 2012/13: Dr Brian Wecht (from Harvard), Dr Jon Hays (from Imperial College), and Dr Tim Clifton (from Oxford). Ms Susan Benedict also joins us from Maths as our new Teaching Administrator.

Queen Mary, University of London to join Russell Group of universities

Queen Mary, University of London has been invited to become a member of the Russell Group of universities, with effect from August 2012. The invitation to join the Russell Group is an acknowledgment of Queen Mary’s quality and status as a top-class research-led institution. Queen Mary will join the Russell Group alongside fellow new members, the Universities of Durham, York and Exeter.

LHC to Increase Beam Energy

The LHC will increase the proton beam energy to 4 TeV per beam when it restarts operation in March. The mass range available to the Higgs particle is already narrowed to a window of just 16 GeV. The ATLAS and CMS experiments have seen hints that a Higgs might exist in the mass range 124-126 GeV. To discover, or to rule out the Standard Model Higgs altogether, requires one more year’s worth of data.

HEPP and APP group Annual Meeting

The 2012 annual gathering of the High Energy Particle Physics and Astro Particle Physics groups of the IoP will take place at Queen Mary, University of London's Mile End Road Campus. The programme will encompass activities in both High Energy and Astro Particle fields as well as discussing the synergies between them. Talks will include the latest results from the LHC, up to date reports on neutrino, charged lepton and quark flavour physics, Dark Matter searches, nuclear astrophysics, gravitational waves, and a topical review of early cosmic ray discoveries.

Particle Physics Course at the Royal Institution

Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering a six-part course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in February. The evening lectures are aimed at those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of particle physics going beyond a single lecture. The course will examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the  Standard Model.

Leverhulme Trust Award

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce that the Leverhulme Trust has awarded Queen Mary, University of London over £158,000 for a research project conducted by Dr David Tsikaluri.  The research project titled, Advanced model of solar radio bursts via plasma kinetic simulation, will run for three years.  

Astronomy PhD Positions Available

The Astronomy Unit has a number of funded PhD studentships available for UK, EU and International applicants. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012 (although later applications may also be considered). Students will join an active research centre involved in a broad range of activities from cosmology to solar system science.

Particle Physics PhD Positions Available

The Particle Physics Research Centre has a number of funded PhD studentships available for UK, EU and International applicants. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012. Students will join an active group involved in a broad range of activities including neutrino physics, LHC physics and R&D for future experiments.

Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

We are celebrating the launch of the new School of Physics and Astronomy with an afternoon of non-specialist talks highlighting the research done in our four Research Centres. These will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 31st January 2012.