New European Research Council Award

Dr. Jeanne Wilson

We are very pleased to announce the recent award of a prestigious five year European Research Council Fellowship to Dr. Jeanne Wilson for Probing fundamental properties of the neutrino at the SNO+ Experiment. This grant of €1,345,000 will fund her research work on the SNO+ experiment, probing the fundamental nature of the neutrino and its possible mass and measuring low energy solar neutrino fluxes which will provide an accurate test of the mysterious oscillation of neutrinos from one type into another. The funding will also support a team of postdoctoral and doctoral researchers led by Dr. Wilson. Dr. Wilson joins Dr. Francesca di Lodovico, our other current holder of an ERC Fellowship.

Prof WJ Spence
Head of School

HINTS consortium kick-off

The HINTS consortium

The HINTS consortium, a team of European academic and industry researchers, has recently had its project kick-off meeting in Bologna, Italy. Funded by the European Union Framework Programme 7 under the NMP theme, the €3.9M project will develop and deliver innovative hybrid organic-inorganic materials with engineered spin transfer efficiency at the hybrid interface. All the tailoring methods will be concentrated exclusively on the interfacial region and will proceed via three main approaches: (1) exploring various material combinations by varying both the inorganic and the organic component of the interface, (2) inserting interfacial layers of non-magnetic molecules at the HOI interface for tailoring its electrical properties, and (3) placing layers of high-spin molecules, able to modify both the electronic and the spin states at the interface. 

Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering an evening course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in July

Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering an evening course in particle physics

Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering an evening course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in July. The course of six extended evening lectures is aimed at members of the public who wish to gain a deeper understanding of particle physics going beyond a single lecture. The course will start with look at scattering experiments including the discovery of the atomic nucleus by Rutherford 100 years ago, and then examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the  Standard Model.

Latest results from the LHC and neutrino oscillation experiments will be presented and possible new additions to the Standard Model such as quantum gravity and supersymmetry will be discussed. The course is to be repeated in the autumn.


New T2K Result

Super Kamiokande Detector Half Full of Water

The T2K experiment has just announced the first tantalising glimpse of a mechanism that could provide the answer to the long-standing question of why there is more matter than anti-matter in the universe. The QMUL neutrino group are members of the T2K experiment and have been actively involved in this study. The experiment has operated for just over a year and collected very high statistics that are capable of revealing subtle features in the neutrino sector. The data have been carefully studied and have been found to contain the first telling evidence for the oscillation of muon into electron neutrino. This hints at the prospect of non-negligible CP-violation in the neutrino sector which can be responsible for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. 
Results can be found in:

Launch of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 24th June

The establishment of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics will be celebrated by holding a Launch Event on Friday 24th June (2 pm). The programme consists of a series of short talks followed by a reception. Details can be found here.

Explorations in Eleven Dimensions

Anna Piva & Edward George, in collaboration with Dr. David Berman, Reader in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary, are developing Explorations in Eleven Dimensions, a multimedia art installation and sound art performance based on a series of sonic, visual, and textual readings of string theory’s equations, themes and aesthetic concerns. The work will be exhibited in Queen Mary’s Octagon room, and performed at the Science Museum Dana Centre in September 2011.

New School of Physics and Astronomy

Queen Mary has approved the merger of the School of Physics with the Astronomy Unit, to form a new School of Physics and Astronomy, from August 1st 2011. This will open up new opportunities for research, and in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, with an expansion of the School's Astrophysics programmes, new undergraduate projects, and integration with the existing M.Sc. in Astrophysics.


Forthcoming conferences

The PPRC group is hosting two half-day meetings of the Institute of Physics, on Neutrino Oscillations Status (April 18th, 2011) and on Top Quark Physics (May 18th , 2011). Registration is free, please register if planning to attend.