Pint of Science Festival 2018

On 14 and 16 May, researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy will be taking part in the annual Pint of Science event, an international festival that brings together scientists and the public in the informal atmosphere of a local pub.

Getting up Close to the Sun — on 14 May at 7:30 pm in the Horseshoe, 24 Clarkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AG, Prof. David Burgess will describe the Parker Solar Probe and its mission to carry out the closest exploration of the Sun ever attempted. Tickets are £4 each and can be booked here.

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.

Innovative Training Network SAGEX

The Centre for Research in String Theory has been invited to coordinate the preparation of the grant agreement of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network of the European Commission: SAGEX "Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment". 

The network will support 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)  PhD positions to begin in 2018/19.

The positions will all last three years, and will be hosted at the following beneficiaries:

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.