QMUL astronomer helps to find dormant black hole

Queen Mary astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada Escudé is a member of an international team of astronomers who have used a novel method to find a black hole hiding in a nearby group of stars. Most black holes we know about were identified by the intense radiation emitted from hot gas falling into the black hole; but now the astronomers have been able to detect a “dormant” black hole that is not actively swallowing material. They did this by looking for the gravitational effect it has on a visible star.

Six PhD positions in Theoretical Physics at CRST for 2018

Funded PhD positions in all groups within the School of Physics and Astronomy for October 2018 start.

For more information and details on how to apply click here.

Four Royal Society awards in the School

Royal Society Awards in the SPA

Congratulations to David Mulryne (Astronomy Unit), and Matt Buican, Ricardo Monteiro and Costis Papageorgakis (Centre for Research in String Theory) for their remarkable success on being awarded a Royal Society Fellow Enhancement  Award. Their awards will host four PhD studentships in the School. 

Busy night for QMUL staff at SEPnet Public Engagement Awards

Martin Archer and Guillem Anglada-Escudé were awarded first place in two out of a total of 6 categories at the biennial SEPnet Public Engagement awards, with Martin Archer also highly commended in another category.

The Impact Award, given to Martin Archer for the SPA's Research in Schools programme, recognised the careful work done by Martin in developing the research projects and overall programme and quantitatively evaluating its impact on participants’ understanding of the underlying research.

PhD Open Afternoon

PhD students at our supercomputer

We’re running an event for anyone considering PhD study. If you’re interested in finding out if a PhD could be the right route, or you are in the process of applying and would like some more detailed information, there’ll be something for you.

Schedule

12.30 -   Registration opens

12.45 - 1.15  Studying for a PhD, Dr Eram Rizvi - Director of Graduate Studies

1.15 - 1.45  Networking Lunch 

1.45 - 2.55  Talks from our 4 research groups, student research presentations and tours of facilities

3.00 -  Final remarks and close.

If you would like to attend please book a place so we know how many to cater for.

Inaugural lecture by Prof David Berman

On 14 November Prof. David Berman will give his inaugural lecture on “The symmetries of nature and hidden extra dimensions”. He will give an account of how our understanding of nature has progressed through a deeper understanding of its symmetries. By proposing extra, as yet undiscovered, dimensions to space these symmetries become explained by the geometry of the hidden space. Then to capture the different symmetries present in string theory we need to generalise the idea of geometry itself. The lecture and a drinks reception will begin at 18:30 in the Skeel Lecture Theatre in QMUL’s People’s Palace. Please register your attendance here:  https://davidberman.eventbrite.co.uk

Congratulations to 2017 Physics Nobel Prize winners

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers warm congratulations to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the detection of gravitational waves by LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory).

Cassini makes its dramatic exit

15 September.  At around 11:30 this morning the Cassini spacecraft sent its final signal to Earth as it plunged into the thick atmosphere of the planet Saturn, bringing to an end its 20-year voyage of discovery, a voyage that has provided scientists with a wealth of data about the ringed planet and its moons, and some of the most thought-provoking images ever captured.

For Queen Mary’s Prof. Carl Murray it was something of a sad moment as it marked the end of a career-long association with the spacecraft. Carl has been a member of the Cassini camera team since 1990 and is one of the scientists who have been privileged to work on the data sent back by the spacecraft since it was launched in 1997. Like many, Carl has come to see Cassini as a constant companion, probing distant worlds where humans cannot (yet) venture.

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