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)

New Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, starting from May 1st 2011. The new Centre will be headed by Professor Martin Dove, joining us from the University of Cambridge.
The new Centre will build upon the existing expertise in the Condensed Matter Physics group at Queen Mary, and be further supported initially by two new lectureships and two PhD studentships that will be advertised shortly, together with suitable equipment and resources, with later investment also planned.

QM Physicists in major new particle physics facility in Europe

Italy has approved a new international particle physics experiment: SuperB. This announcement was made on the last day of a SuperB workshop held at Caltech in December 2010. This major new facility will cost 500M Euros to build and will be dedicated to the search for signs of new physics at high energy in a complementary way to the brute force approach of the LHC. SuperB will use the subtleties of quantum mechanics to perform high precision measurements and detect the effects of heavy particles that would be un-detectable at the LHC. A second part of the programme will perform precision tests of the so-called Standard Model of Particle Physics.

VISTA into the Blue Lagoon

VISTA into the Blue Lagoon

The international telescope consortium VISTA, led by Queen Mary astronomers, has been exploring the Milky Way using infra-red radiation, opening new windows into the core regions previously obscured by dust. The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius has recently been mapped, showing fine detail in this active star-formation area and expanding our knowledge of how our galaxy formed. More information can be found here.