Astronomer Dr David Quénard of the School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the authors of a research paper, published on 8 March in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, that reports the discovery of an unexpectedly large amount of interstellar dust in a very distant galaxy. The galaxy, known as A2744_YD4, is seen only 600 million years after the Big Bang and is the most distant galaxy in which dust has been detected.
On Monday February 20, a delegation of PsiStar students have visited CERN and its facilities. They visited the first synchrocyclotron built at CERN in 1954 and then they went underground to visit the cathedral-size CMS and ATLAS experiments, taking data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
It is sad to announce the recent passing of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, who studied Physics at Queen Mary College, graduating in 1959 before moving to Nottingham University. Professor Mansfield made several key contributions in the the field of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, leading to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for medical applications.
Filmmakers will have the chance to use real-life sound recorded from space in a new competition launched by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
There is a growing number of projects across the UK giving the opportunity for school students to run their own research projects. Ever wondered how the projects come together? Are you a researcher or teacher and thought about running such a project?
Twenty-five years ago today, on 9 January 1992, astronomers published the first unambiguous discovery of an exoplanet — a planet beyond our Solar System. Since then the search for, and study of, exoplanets has become an exciting and productive branch of astronomy, one in which researchers in Queen Mary's School of Physics and Astronomy are actively engaged.
Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé from the School of Physics and Astronomy has been named one of the top ten people who matter in science in 2016 by the prestigious scientific journal Nature. The annual list, known as "Nature's 10", highlights researchers from around the world who have made a major impact this year.
QMUL has been awarded the Gold Engage Watermark by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, in recognition of its public engagement work. The Engage Watermark is granted to universities in recognition of their commitment to public engagement and the Gold award is the highest level an institution can achieve at this stage of the process.
On 30 November 2016 NASA's Cassini spacecraft began a series of dives through Saturn's rings, the first stage in the probe's "grand finale" investigation of the gas giant planet.
Memory formation in the brain is thought to rely on the remodeling of synaptic connections which eventually results in neural network rewiring. This remodeling is likely to involve ultrathin astroglial protrusions which often occur in the immediate vicinity of excitatory synapses. The phenomenology, cellular mechanisms, and causal relationships of such astroglial restructuring remain, however, poorly understood.
The Cosmic Ray Muon Research Project 2016, run by Queen Mary University of London's School of Physics and Astronomy, has been launched.
Over the past decade it has become clear that one can, in analog systems, test Hawking's predition from 1974 that black holes have a temperature created by the properties of the metric near the horizon.
An international team of astronomers that includes Richard Nelson of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered a truly unusual example of planet formation around a star.
Clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System, has been found by an international team of scientists led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
The School of Physics and Astronomy has been ranked first in London for overall satisfaction for the third year running in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS 2016).
The results of the nationwide poll of final year undergraduates are a reflection of the School’s commitment to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment with the highest quality of teaching.
Thinking again about where you'd like to study next year?
Join admissions staff and current students for a laid-back event designed to give you a second chance to find out about life as a student at the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL.
1.00pm - 3.00pm Thursday 14th July
As part of a university-wide event, we're running demonstrations, talks, tours, activities and taster lectures over two days designed to give you an insight into life as a physics student. We'll also be on hand to answer questions about applications, study options and talk about what a physics degree from QMUL can do for your future!
The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to award a summer internship offering experience in web programming and particle physics. The Intern will contribute to the development of a prototype web app for enhancing science teaching delivery in secondary schools.
The School of Physics and Astronomy student blog articlephysics.org has picked up momentum since its launch in February. The blog now features several stories by different student bloggers covering everything from MSc project choice and revision strategies to gender equality in physics and life as a student in London.
Professor Gabriele Travaglini has been awarded one of the 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Bessel Award is given each year to researchers from all disciplines in recognition of their outstanding research record and exceptional future promise.
On 21 March 2016, the Outreach team at the School of Physics and Astronomy ran the first annual Cosmic Con 2016. This student conference featured talks and posters by 15-18 year old students from 5 local schools and sixth forms, who presented the results of their six-month long independent research projects in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London.
Hear Simon and Alex, two of our current master's level students, talk about their work at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Find out about facilities, projects, academic supervision and taught modules as well as the inspiring nature of higher level physics and astronomy.
Students enrolling on an MSc in Astrophysics in 2016 are eligible to apply for a new scholarship scheme for both home/EU students and overseas students.
The 2 amounts of £2,250 (home/EU students) and one amount of £4,500 (overseas students) and are open to students with a first class bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) in related field.
Abstract: Pi-conjugated organic molecules and polymers now provide a set of well-performing semiconductors that support devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as used in smart-phone displays and lighting, field-effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic diodes (PVs).
SPA and the Juno Committee is celebrating the International Women's Day with a special lecture on women and physics in the developing world. Join us on Wednesday 9th March at 13:30 in the G.O.Jones Lecture Theater. Dr Kate Shaw is a particle physics researcher working in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN collider. She is also passionate ambassador of physics research in developing countries.
Frank Close, acclaimed author of several books explaining physics to the general audience, will come to the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL on Friday March 4th at 4:15pm in the G.O.Jones Lecture Theatre. He will talk about his latest book telling the story of physicist Bruno Pontecorvo.
Today’s announcement from LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) concerning gravitational waves has rekindled excitement in the amazing predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The detection of these waves provides experimental verification of Einstein’s relativity in even the most extreme circumstances, the collision of two black holes.
On 2 March 2016 18:30 we will have the next in our series of public lectures, with Dr Eram Rizvi discussing the next 20 years of the Large Hadron Collider. Having discovered the Higgs Boson in its first run, Run-2 (2015-2018) has almost doubled the energy opening up the possibility of new discoveries. The analysis of this new data is underway and initial results are starting to be released.
We're running a postgraduate open evening on Wednesday the 10th Feb from 4.30 - 7.30.
If you're considering an MSc in Physics or Astrophysics, this is a great opportuntity to find out more. Join us for an evening of talks and a chance to chat to academic programme directors and admissions staff.
On the 28th and 29th of November we hosted a meeting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of general relativity. It was called Einstein's Legacy, and included plenary and public talks, as well as outreach events and a poster session. Around 500 people attended. Photos and videos can be found here.
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment operates since May 2011 on board of the International Space Station to search for primordial anti-matter, to study the light anti-matter components in the Cosmic Rays (CR) and to perform a precision study of the CR composition and energy spectrum.
The moving contact line problem occurs when modelling one fluid replacing another as it moves along a solid surface, a situation widespread throughout industry and nature. Classically, the no-slip boundary condition at the solid substrate, a zero-thickness interface between the fluids, and motion at the three-phase contact line are incompatible - leading to the well-known shear-stress singularity.
The School of Physics and Astronomy (SPA) is introducing a new “business club” - aimed at fostering our research connections with industry and the wider society. Today's research funding environment places a high value of impact, which creates new challenges for scientists and new opportunities for interactions between academia and industry.
3rd year physics student Kieran Hashmi won a place at a russian cosmonaut training centre this week for his video submission to a competition joint sponsored by SEPnet, the South East Physics Network.
The chance for 10-18 years old UK school students to win prizes by writing about the Cassini mission at Saturn. The deadline of 5pm 26 February is fast approaching. Entrants must choose a target for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and write a 500-word essay proposal making a case to the mission planners.
The School of Physics and Astronomy was the 13th Physics Department in the UK to be awarded Juno Champion status after implementing various initiatives to improve equality and diversity in the School, in particular focusing on the retention of women in Physics.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics recognises important advances in neutrino physics, a major research area for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
The Prize, awarded to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, marks significant contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos oscillate between two different identities and therefore must have mass.
Networks are mathematical structures that are universally used to describe a large variety of complex systems such as the brain or the Internet. Characterizing the geometrical properties of these networks has become increasingly relevant for routing problems, inference and data mining. In real growing networks, topological, structural and geometrical properties emerge spontaneously from their dynamical rules.
The next in our series of public lectures will be on Wed 21 Oct at 18:00 and will given by Professor Richard Nelson, who will be discussing the 20 years of research in extrasolar planets. More on this event and how to reserve your free place can be found here.
The QMUL Inaugural Lecture Series gives you the opportunity to meet our professors.
Professor William Gillin, Professor of Experimental Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy, will be holding his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 25 November at 7pm, with a drinks reception to follow. The lecture will take place in Skeel Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.
Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.
STFC's prestigious five-year fellowships are open to early career researchers of any nationality in the areas of Astronomy, Solar and Planetary Science, Cosmology, Particle Astrophysics and Particle Physics (including String Theory).
QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.
Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC), involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing cluster, are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC as CERN announces the successful collisions of proton beams with a total energy of 13 TeV.
Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing network are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC, as CERN announces the first successful circulation of proton beams after a two years maintenance stop.
Electron and hole spins can be confined in a variety of semiconductor nanostructures, including quantum dots, nanowires or monolayers. These spins can have long coherence times and can be addressed using ultra-fast optical techniques. This makes them very suitable for quantum photonics, which promises advances in fields such as quantum communication, sensing and computation.
Catch the eclipse of the century from our Observatory
In case you hadn't heard, there'll be a solar eclipse this Friday 20th March between 08:25-10:40 the likes of which won't be seen in the UK again until 2090. We'll be taking advantage of the solar telescope in our observatory by streaming this monumental event live from London.
As part of the Queen Mary University of London and Peking University joint research project on Molecular Magnetism, we will be holding a 1-day workshop to disseminate key results of the project, and open up a wider debate in the UK and Chinese scientific communities on open problems in molecular magnetism. Presentations will be given by academics and researchers involved in the project, as well as those from external institutions.
On the 27th February, the cosmology group in the Astronomy Unit hosted the UK Cosmology Meeting. This is a triannual informal meeting of the UK theoretical cosmology community and features short talks from young and experienced researchers alike. The meeting was a huge success with roughly 60 cosmologists attending from as far away as Edinburgh.
Saturday 31 January 2015, Kashiwa (Japan), the inugural symposium of the Hyper-Kamiokande proto-collaboration was held.
Talk to scientists at CERN, work with real particle physics data and attend particle physics lectures on these day-long Masterclasses.
In the laboratories of Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, in Stevenage (UK), engineers and scientists are developing the ExoMars Rover, which will be sent to Mars in 2018. One of the objectives of the ExoMars mission, a joint enterprise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), is to search for possible bio-signatures of life on Mars.
The GRADnet PhD Studentship second Open Day will take place at 13:00-16:00 on Thursday, 19th March 2015 at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Please register here for the event.
The School of Physics and Astronomy has strongly contributed to the excellent results obtained in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) by QMUL, which has been ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK.
Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are objects on the scale of nanometers that are small enough to exhibit quantum mechanical effects and their current and potential applications range from quantum computers to biological imaging. Electronic and optical properties of these systems are drastically different from those observed in the bulk form and depend strongly on the size, shape and surface conditions.
Abstract : Some 40 years ago Hawking found a remarkable contradiction: if we accept the standard behavior of gravity in regions of low curvature, then the evolution of black holes will violate quantum mechanics. Resolving this paradox would require a basic change in our understanding of spacetime and/or quantum theory. In recent years the paradox has found an interesting resolution through string theory.
What if I told you that the world was two-dimensional? In a way that should surprise you more than if I told you it was ten-dimensional. We're all quite happy to accept that the world might be more complicated than our senses suggest — but could it be simpler?
Antarctica has always been a fascinating place for us. Especially as the extreme environment of Antarctica is suitable for extreme science, such as neutrino and cosmic microwave background measurements. Queen Mary are hosting leading scientists from the UK who are working on astrophysics research on Antarctica. They will share their stories of extraordinary science and extraordinary discoveries!
Theorists invited to suggest project ideas for incusion in PLATO 2.0 at Queen Mary workshop. On the 4th and 5th of September, Queen Mary University of London will host a workshop to shape the objectives of the European Space Agency (ESA) PLATO mission.
Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked joint 1st in London with an overall student satisfaction rate of 94 per cent, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.
The Astronomy Unit's Iwan Williams is a co-Investigator on the Comet Nucleus Sampling Experiment (CONSERT) on the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
July 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of CP violation. This is a tiny difference between matter and antimatter that is vital for the Universe to have evolved into its matter dominated state. We heard about this discovery from one of the co-discoverers of the phenomenon, Jim Cronin. Following this talk Makoto Kobayashi, who with his collaborator Maskawa, wrote down our current model of CP violation in the CKM matrix told his part of the story. This was the start to a two day event at QMUL to explore the past (and future) studies during the 50 years of CP violation conference.
Physicists at Queen Mary University of London have set up a new pitch drop experiment for students to explore the difference between solid and liquids.
Known as the ‘world’s longest experiment’, the set up at the University of Queensland was famous for taking ten years for a drop of pitch – a thick, black, sticky material – to fall from a funnel.
Join us for the School of Physics and Astronomy Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on Tuesday 15th July.
Big names lined up for intimate story telling event. Join Brian Wecht's interepid troupe of story tellers as they share their experiences of science.
Queen Mary Physicist joins producer of The Shining in screening and discussion of acclaimed short film “Rites of Love and Math”
An international team of astronomers led by Queen Mary's Astrophysicist Guillem Anglada-Escude, reports two new planets orbiting a very old and nearby star to the Sun. One of the newly-discovered planets could be ripe for life as it orbits at the right distance to the star to allow liquid water on its surface.
In response the exhibition Interalia 2014, CHELSEA space has invited the artist Grenville Davey to expand some of the ideas and theories that have influenced the production of the work for the show with our very own Dr David Berman, Reader in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary University of London. Grenville Davey had a six-month residency at the School of Physics and Astronomy from December 2010.
Rebecca Fickling recently won the President’s President Award for her work as the President of the PsiStar Society.
PsiStar is a large and active society and currently has 186 paid members. Rebecca has led the PsiStar committee in organising a strong and varied programme of events throughout the year, including a 200 person strong Physics and Astronomy Ball with food, wine and music. Other events include karaoke nights, summer BBQs, evening Physics and Astronomy guest lectures, trips to CERN in Switzerland, as well as the frequent pub-crawls!
Gardeners wanting to rid their spring flowerbeds of pesky snails may have to ditch the beer traps and egg shells and revert to developing a strong throwing arm, according to new research co-authored by a physicist at Queen Mary University of London.
Queen Mary contribute to International Pint of Science Festival. Coming to a pub near you! The format is simple: 3 days of down-to-earth talks by top scientists in the most relaxed setting possible – the pub! With 14 universities participating and over 150 volunteers, Pint of Science Festival 2014 is not to be missed! Whether you’re a total nerd or simply enjoy a bit of a natter over some liquid refreshment, these talks will engage you with fascinating stories, discoveries and fun facts to amaze your mates.
Join us for the School of Physics and Astronomy Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on Friday 23rd May. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about our postgraduate programmes through live web chat with our current postgraduate Masters and PhD students, with Prof Steve Thomas and Dr Will Sutherland, our Programme Directors, as well as Dr Alison Hartshorn, our Recruitment and Outreach Manager.
Writing in the journal Icarus this week, Professor Carl Murray from Queen Mary’s Astronomy Unit reports that recently discovered disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's outer bright A ring result from a small icy object that formed within the ring and which may be in the process of migrating out of it. They have nicknamed the object, ‘Peggy’.
A Queen Mary physicist and a Turner Prize winning artist have teamed up to create a new exhibition of sculptures and drawings inspired by String Theory research.
We have the pleasure of hearing about the exciting new experimental discovery of gravitational waves in the CMB by the BICEP-2 experiment. The speaker is none other than Dr Polnarev, astrophysicist in the Astro Unit at SPA, who gave the original theoretical prediction of this signature of cosmological gravitational waves.
March 12, 2014: Hyper-Kamiokande (http://www.hyperk.org/ & https://twitter.com/hyperkamiokande) is one of the top 27 projects (out of the 192 submitted) selected by the Japanese Science Council in the "Japanese Master Plan of Large Research Projects" ( http://www.scj.go.jp/ja/info/kohyo/pdf/kohyo-22-t188-1.pdf - English version coming soon).
Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why in the world did life invent sex when asexual reproduction is so much less bother? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Why, when we share 99 % of our DNA with chimpanzees, does the 1% make such a huge difference? How can something invisible that comes down a wire power our civilisation? How do computers work, and what will computers never be able to do?
Abstract : You've heard of Medical Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics... but have you ever thought about the vital role physics plays in showbiz? Alix Pryde is the BBC's Director of Distribution. She also has a PhD in solid state physics, completed under the supervision of QML's Professor Martin Dove. She'll talk about her career journey from crystals to crystal sets and their modern equivalents.
The SPA is very pleased to welcome Mr Matthew Machowski for the School Colloquium on Friday 14 Feb. Mr Machowski is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Visiting Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Title: Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace
The National Student Survey 2014 (NSS), of final year undergraduate students, officially opens at QM on Monday 13 January 2014 and closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. The NSS website goes live on Monday 13 January, where students can complete the survey online: www.thestudentsurvey.com. Students cannot complete the survey prior to Monday 13 January.
An estimated 1000 visitors flocked to Queen Mary’s inspirational Lego Universe stand at the BBC’s flagship Stargazing Live, last Thursday. Members of the public were led through a whistle-stop tour of the early universe by enthusiastic undergraduate Physics Ambassadors with the help of LEGO quarks and electrons, before helping to build a colourful two metre-wide LEGO spiral galaxy.
The SPA is very pleased to welcome Prof. James Olsen, co-leader of the CMS Higgs group and faculty member of the Princeton University Physics Department, for the first Colloquium of the New Year 2014.
Colloquium of the School of Physics and Astronomy (SPA)
"Nature of the New Boson: a lonely Higgs, or the first of many cousins?"
by Prof. James Olsen
Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering a six-part course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in February. The course will examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the Standard Model and the Nobel Prize winning discovery of the Higgs boson. The latest results from the LHC will also be presented including searches for new physics such as quantum gravity and supersymmetry.
The School will host its own event from 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th January and will be taking part in the BBC’s regional event this Thursday 9th January as part of this week of exciting astronomy activities.
The $3,000,000 Fundamental Physics Prize established by the Milner Foundation has been awarded to Professor Michael Green (together with John Schwarz of California Institute of Technology) for the work he began at Queen Mary in 1984. For full details please see https://fundamentalphysicsprize.org.
Our Postgraduate Open Evening will give you the chance to find out more about the world-class facilities and teaching at Queen Mary, University of London.
Come and discover the many benefits and opportunities you can experience as a Queen Mary postgraduate student.
Prospective masters and research students attending the event will be able to:
School Colloquium series of the School of Physics and Astronomy
Friday, 13th December 2013, 16:30, GO Jones Lecture Theatre
Join us for the School of Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Virtual Open Day this Wednesday 4th December. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about our BSc programmes through live web chat with Prof Francesca Di Lodovico, our Director of Admissions and Natasha Chappell, the Student Support Officer; as well as our current students.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London has been awarded funding for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in the CRST.
Our very own Dr David Berman will deliver the keynote lecture for the exhibition “Quantum, A journey through The Standard Model”. The exhibition involves 11 artists who have grappled with the mind-bending ideas behind modern physics with some unexpected outcomes. The exhibition is a visual conversation between the participating artists about The Standard Model of Particle Physics through a diversity of disciplines.
We have started a series of Maths/Physics seminars at the interfaces of theoretical physics with mathematics.
Brian Wecht from the Centre for Research in String Theory will be hosting one of his Story Collider events this week, Thursday 24 October, as part of the Culture Capital Exchange's "Inside Out" Festival. This event is a part of an ongoing outreach project started by Brian a few years ago in New York and features a variety of people telling true stories about their experiences with science.
Nothing succeeds like Success. Or so we’re told. So bombarded are we by stories and images of successful people, products, projects and places that we can actually forget that Failure really does exist.
Today, Tuesday October 8th, the Swedish Royal Academy has announced the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics and it has been awarded to Prof. Englert and Prof.
CCMMP at Queen Mary are hosting Current Research in Magnetism (CRIM), with support from the Materials Research Institute and the IOP Magnetism Group.
The South East Physics network (SEPnet) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have announced their plans to invest £13.1 million pounds to sustain physics undergraduate and postgraduate teaching provision, and world class research facilities, staff and doctoral training over the five years up to 2018.
This NExT PhD Workshop is the third of a series of Workshops for Graduate students. It is open to NExT Institute staff, PDRAs and students, as well as external participants. It aims to bring people together to present, share and generate new ideas. The topic of this Graduate Workshop is "At the frontier of our knowledge".
Queen Mary, University of London has been named as the best university in London for student experience, according to a survey by the UK’s leading higher education magazine, published on Thursday 25 April. Read more.
Professor Jeremy Kilburn (Vice-Principal for Science and Engineering) and Professor Martin Dove (Director) launched the Materials Research Institute at Queen Mary on Monday the 15th April 2013.
The afternoon consisted of talks from Queen Mary academics and internationally-acclaimed experts, who presented recent developments in the area of materials research.
How did the universe begin -- and how is it expanding? Our visiting academic, Dr Tom Whyntie, shows how cosmologists and particle physicists explore these questions by replicating the heat, energy, and activity of the first few seconds of our universe, from right after the Big Bang.
Queen Mary is organising and hosting the EHPRG51 conference in September this year. This is the annual meeting of the European High Pressure Research Group, which originated in the informal meeting in Harlow in 1963 organised by scientists at Standard Telecommunications Laboratories.
8 March is International Women’s Day, giving us an opportunity to celebrate the impressive achievements of the women in our School, and the recognition the School has received for creating a supportive workplace for both sexes. Today sees the launch of our new Hemera Scholarship that will support a female undergraduate applicant from a family or societal background in which women h
On Wednesday 27 February, ten PhD students from QM competed in the annual Junk the Jargon competition. Junk the Jargon challenges participants to communicate their research topic in an engaging and fun way to a broad audience - in just three minutes.
The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announced that it has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage
The PsiStar committee has been working tirelessly on putting together a big celebratory event to recognise the hard work of everyone within the department; undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff alike. As a result we are pleased to announce the inaugural Queen Mary Physics and Astronomy Ball which will take place on 1st March this year at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park (less than a 5 minute walk from campus).
Work carried out by planetary scientists in the Astronomy Unit has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Science Highlights of NASA's Cassini mission in 2012. Nick Attree, Carl Murray, Nick Cooper and Gareth Williams reported their work on trails, or "mini-jets", in Saturn's peculiar F ring in April 2012. The image was taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera just after the spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn on 1 July 2004.
2013 Royal Astronomical Society's Group Achievement Award for Geophysics will be presented to UK MHD Consortium of which QMUL’s Dr David Tsiklauri is a member of.
Dr David Berman has been awarded an STFC grant of £10,000 to support a collaboration with the Millennium Mathematics Project in Cambridge to develop web resources for schools.
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.
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.
Dr Ben Still, research associate and particle physicist from the School of Physics and Astronomy has won the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) Early Career Communicators’ Award for a range of exciting and innovative projects to share his love of physics.
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.
WISE at QMUL Women in Science and Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London presents our first meeting of the term, Women in Leadership. Speakers will tackle issues they believe challenge women in leadership, and possible ways of overcoming these.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Following the successfull Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy that took place on Tuesday 31st January 2012, we have been asked to make available the summary of talks to all those who could not find place in the packed lecture hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The establishment of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics will be celebrated by holding a Launch Event on Friday 24th June (2 pm). The programme consists of a series of short talks followed by a reception. Details can be found here.
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.