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. 
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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.



Astronomy event for Alumni and Friends

Astronomy Unit and School of Physics, Queen Mary, University of London

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Saturday 26 March 2011

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The Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary, University of London is a leading research centre in areas as diverse as solar system dynamics and cosmology – from the rings of Saturn to the birth of the Universe. Join Professors Jim Emerson and Richard Nelson for a relaxed programme of lectures, conversation and lunch.

Marcus Chown lecture

Thursday 19 May 2011, 6.00pm, Physics Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus

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'Write here, Write now'

From having a peanut butter sandwich coughed over him on his first day as a journalist to lecturing to an audience of half a person; from performing on a glass-bottomed boat in a shark tank to demonstrating gravity on TV with a bucket of maggots. Come and hear Marcus Chown, ex-Queen Mary student and author, talk about how he got from Mile End Road to where he is right now.

New staff

We welcome the following new members of the School for 2010/11

Academic staff

Prof. Martin Dove (Cambridge, Condensed Matter Physics, from May 1st 2011)
Dr.  Alston Misquitta (Cambridge, Condensed Matter Physics, from June 1st 2011)
Dr. Anthony Phillips (Cambridge, Condensed Matter Physics, from May 1st 2011)
Dr. Brian Wecht (Michigan/Harvard, Theory, from October 1st 2011)

Administrative staff

Lucie Bone (Student Support Administrator)
Sarah Cowls (School Manager)
Bryony Frost (Outreach Officer)
Predrag Micakovic (Computer Systems Support / Web Developer)

Postdoctoral researchers

Theory: Dr Sara Pasquetti (CERN)
Particles: Dr. Sergey Dolgobrodov (Manchester)