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.  

Solar activity directly affects humankind via hazardous for the terrestrial and space technology phenomena such as solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and solar energetic particle events. Better understanding of these phenomena will ultimately, enable humankind to predict and prepare for these hazards.

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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.  Full details are available on our web pages.

Particle Physics PhD Positions Available

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. An intensive training programme of graduate lectures is offered to all students in the first semester. Full details are available on our web pages.

A research proposal and choice of supervisor is not required, but if you are interested in a specific project you may mention this in your application.

 

Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

 

Launch of the School of Physics and Astronomy

Queen Mary, University of London

Tuesday 31st January 2012

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Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary have undergone major changes in the recent past. These include:

 

Two PhD Studentships in Particle Physics Phenomenology

We are delighted to offer two studentships in particle physics phenomenology in the area of neutrino physics. The two studentship projects are  “From low energy neutrino experiments to the early Universe and back”, joint studentship with Southampton University, and "Probing New Physics Mechanisms of Lepton Number Violation at SNO+" based at QMUL and with formal links with the University of Sussex and University College London. If you are interested, please contact Dr Francesca Di Lodovico for further details.

ATLAS and CMS release an update on SM Higgs boson search

ATLAS detector view

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).

Smaller is Stronger

Two foils (Ni and Cu) once bent, sprung back exactly the same.

Metal foils much thinner than a human hair show greater strength than expected.  The picture shows that this strength depends only on the size, not on the material properties of the particular metal.

These two foils are 10 microns thick, one is nickel and the other copper.  They have been annealed to give a large grain size (about 20 microns in both) and bent around the mandrel (the end of which just be seen at the bottom right of the picture.  Once bent, on release, they have sprung back the same amount, indicating that they have the same strength.

This experiment was carried out by Isis de Lavau and Jeremy Jardin, students from the French engineering school CESI, on placement here in September.  

Meeting on Low Scale Quantum Gravity

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. Registration and full programme details are available here.

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