New artwork inspired by physics and astronomy

On 16 May the Principal of QMUL, Prof. Colin Bailey, unveiled a new work of art in the foyer of the School of Physics and Astronomy’s G O Jones building on QMUL’s Mile End campus.

The glass sculpture, by local artist Livvy Fink, was commissioned to represent the diversity of QMUL’s research in physics and astronomy and draws its inspiration from a range of physical concepts, including phase transitions, string theory and the high energy collisions of elementary particles. It consists of seven glass spheres; within each is embedded a complex and intriguing internal structure. It will remain on permanent display in the foyer of the G O Jones building.

Prof. David Berman talks about Richard Feynman on BBC Radio 4

Prof. David Berman of the School of Physics and Astronomy appears in an edition of BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives programme, in conversation with business entrepreneur Tej Lalvani and presenter Matthew Parris.

The programme, in which Lalvani nominates the physicist Richard Feynman as his example of a “great life”, was first broadcast on 1 May, is available on the BBC iPlayer. David Berman takes part as the “expert witness” on the programme, fleshing out details of Richard Feynman’s life and work, and highlighting the important contributions he made to our understanding of the physical world.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Dr Martin Archer wins media award

The School of Physics and Astronomy's Dr Martin Award was awarded the Best Opinion/Comment Piece in the Media and Public Relations category of QMUL's Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2018. His winning article and video, released to coincide with the movie 'Rogue One' discussed the Physics behind constructing a moon-sized space station like Star Wars' Death Star.

Queen Mary astronomer to play key role in ESA’s Ariel exoplanet mission

Dr James Cho of the School of Physics and Astronomy is a member of the UK-led international team that will develop the European Space Agency’s Ariel mission, dedicated to observing and characterising planets in orbit around other stars (exoplanets).

Ariel (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Exoplanet Large-survey), which was given the go-ahead by ESA on 21 March, aims to answer fundamental questions about how planetary systems form and evolve and about their chemical and dynamical nature. The spacecraft is expected to launch in 2028 and over the course of 4 years it will observe 1000 exoplanets in the visible and infrared with its metre-class telescope. ARIEL’s spectra and photometric data will allow astronomers to study the planets’ atmospheres in unprecedented detail.

SSFX The Anthology Film Premiere

The SSFX project challenged independent filmmakers from around the world to create short-films incorporating sounds from space recorded by satellites. We've now packaged the best of these films together into a single anthology which we'll be premiering on Wednesday 28 March 2018 6-8pm in ArtsTwo.

This event will be the first ever screening of the anthology film and will feature other works produced as part of the project in an exhibition during the reception. Please book your free place now.

SSFX is a public engagement project by the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London supported by the QMUL Centre for Public Engagement, European Geosciences Union, and Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Next School of Physics and Astronomy public talk: Dark matter and the hidden cosmos

At 7:00 pm on Thursday 24 May Dr Tommi Tenkanen will deliver the next in our series of Physics and Astronomy public talks. He will outline what we know — and what we don't know — about dark matter, the substance that makes up around 85% of all the matter in the Universe. 

Tommi will describe how we detect, or at least infer, the presence of dark matter and will describe his own research which aims to discover the true nature of this mysterious component of our world.

The talk will be held in the physics lecture theatre in the G O Jones building on Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. It will be suitable for a general, non-specialist audience, and all are welcome.

Postgraduate Taught Open Evening

Find out why MSc study might be great for your career and what our programmes in physics or astronomy could offer you.

7th February, 4.30-7.30

Mile End Campus

This event is in two parts, a general open event with information stands, and a physics and astronomy breakout session with talks and Q+A. Please book places on one or both parts depending on your interest.

To attend our general event, chat with staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy and visit information stands related to other aspects of postgraduate study...

book a place at our Postgraduate Taught Open Evening

To attend talks from the directors of our postgraduate programmes and find out why an MSc could be for you...

Prof. William Gillin shortlisted for QMUL Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Prof. William Gillin of the School of Physics and Astronomy and Director of QMUL’s Materials Research Institute has been shortlisted for the Bruce Dickinson Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His nomination stems from the establishment, in June 2017, of a spin-out company called Chromosol, which aims to revolutionise optical communication networks. 

Optical communication is the future of high speed data networks and is already being used for long distance data transfer. However, the technology is relatively expensive and hence datacentres frequently rely on electrical connections for shorter distance links, leading to a bottleneck in the data transfer rate and the generation of wasted energy.