Transit of Mercury 2016

On 9th May 2016, we live streamed the transit of Mercury from our observatory. You can check the recording of this astronomical event here, but below is a screenshot during the transit.

Mercury can be seen as the small circular dot on the left side of the sun (a collection of sunspots can be seen just to the right of the middle).

Summer Internship Opportunity for our undergraduate students **Internal Only**

The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to award a summer internship offering experience in web programming and particle physics. The Intern will contribute to the development of a prototype web app for enhancing science teaching delivery in secondary schools.

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a highly active outreach and recruitment team, delivering a wide range of activities to widen participation in higher education, enhance science education and strengthen the relationship between Queen Mary and the wider community.

For more information, please visit our HR website.

Student blog gets underway Articlephysics.org

The School of Physics and Astronomy student blog articlephysics.org has picked up momentum since its launch in February. The blog now features several stories by different student bloggers covering everything from MSc project choice and revision strategies to gender equality in physics and life as a student in London.

The purpose of the blog is to give prospective students an insight into life in the School of Physics and Astronomy as well as giving current students the chance to create original content on subjects that interest them.

Gabriele Travaglini receives Bessel Award

Professor Gabriele Travaglini at a whiteboard

Professor Gabriele Travaglini has been awarded one of the 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Bessel Award is given each year to researchers from all disciplines in recognition of their outstanding research record and exceptional future promise. The prize will also allow him to spend a period of one year at Humboldt University Berlin, where he will work in the group of Professor Jan Plefka on Scattering Amplitudes - the fundamental quantities at the heart of quantum theory, which are central to our understanding of the fundamental interactions of Nature.

Cosmic Con Rounds Off Physics Research in Schools

On 21 March 2016, the Outreach team at the School of Physics and Astronomy ran the first annual Cosmic Con 2016. This student conference featured talks and posters by 15-18 year old students from 5 local schools and sixth forms, who presented the results of their six-month long independent research projects in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London.

New video: MSc programmes in Astrophysics and Physics

Opening frame from MSc video

Hear Simon and Alex, two of our current master's level students, talk about their work at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Find out about facilities, projects, academic supervision and taught modules as well as the inspiring nature of higher level physics and astronomy. 

Click here to watch the videos on our youtube channel.

New MSc Astrophysics scholarships

VISTA telescope image

Students enrolling on an MSc in Astrophysics in 2016 are eligible to apply for a new scholarship scheme for both home/EU students and overseas students.

The 2 amounts of £2,250 (home/EU students) and one amount of £4,500 (overseas students) and are open to students with a first class bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) in related field.

For further details and information on how to apply visit the scholarship webpage

School Colloquium: Organic semiconductors - management of spin

Abstract: Pi-conjugated organic molecules and polymers now provide a set of well-performing semiconductors that support devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as used in smart-phone displays and lighting, field-effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic diodes (PVs). These are attractive materials to manufacture, particularly for large-area applications where they can be processed by direct printing, so that the cost of materials and processing can be very low. This practical success is made possible by breakthroughs in the understanding and engineering of the underlying semiconductor science. The physics of organic semiconductors is often controlled by large electron-hole Coulomb interactions and by large spin exchange energies. Management of excited state spin is fundamental for efficient LED and solar cells operation.

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