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

Download programme

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.

Meeting of the NeXT Institute at QMUL

The NExT Institute Meeting is being organized by the CRST and PPRC groups and will be held on Nov 9th at QMUL:

The NExT Institute is a member of the SEPNET partnership and its aim is to  further the goals of Particle Physics through the fostering and promotion of interactions between theory and experiment in an inter-disciplinary and multi-sited environment.

Postgraduate Open Evening

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.

Flow Motion

Flow Motion

Explore string theory's equations, aesthetics and cultural connections. Flow Motion (multimedia artists Anna Piva and Edward George), David Berman and James Sparks discuss their collaboration and its themes: dimensionality and experience, space and perception, representation and transformation.

This is followed by an audio art performance of soundscapes and improvisations based on the transformation of string theory equations, produced by Piva and George during their research residency at Queen Mary's School of Physics. Flow Motion will be joined for the performance by a quartet of classical and improvising musicians. 
For details see: