Quantum photonics with spins in semiconductor nanostructures

Electron and hole spins can be confined in a variety of semiconductor nanostructures, including quantum dots, nanowires or monolayers. These spins can have long coherence times and can be addressed using ultra-fast optical techniques. This makes them very suitable for quantum photonics, which promises advances in fields such as quantum communication, sensing and computation. We focus on electron spins confined in self-assembled InAs quantum dots, which are initialized, manipulated and read out using optical techniques. In recent years it has been established that the electron spin’s coherence time is limited by fluctuations in the nuclear spin bath, which couple to the electron spin via the hyperfine interaction. Hole spins are less affected, but they suffer from electric fluctuations due to the hole’s larger spin-orbit interaction.

Solar Eclipse LIVE from QM

Queen Mary Observatory's Solar Telescope

Catch the eclipse of the century from our Observatory

In case you hadn't heard, there'll be a solar eclipse this Friday 20th March between 08:25-10:40 the likes of which won't be seen in the UK again until 2090. We'll be taking advantage of the solar telescope in our observatory by streaming this monumental event live from London.

So if you're not able to get out your eclipse shades, pinhole cameras or colanders to view it yourself - do check out our stream below. This will of course be weather permitting.

Sino-British workshop on molecular magnetism

As part of the Queen Mary University of London and Peking University joint research project on Molecular Magnetism, we will be holding a 1-day workshop to disseminate key results of the project, and open up a wider debate in the UK and Chinese scientific communities on open problems in molecular magnetism. Presentations will be given by academics and researchers involved in the project, as well as those from external institutions. Presentations will be on a variety of topics, such as single molecular magnets, metal-organic framework materials and novel high frequency methods used to measure them. Key speakers include Profs Song Gao, Bingwu Wang and Zheming Wang from Peking University, Drs Alan Drew and Anthony Phillips from QMUL, Prof Rob Hicken from Exeter University, Dr Jorge Quintanilla from Kent University and Dr Francis Pratt from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

UK Cosmology Meeting

On the 27th February, the cosmology group in the Astronomy Unit hosted the UK Cosmology Meeting. This is a triannual informal meeting of the UK theoretical cosmology community and features short talks from young and experienced researchers alike. The meeting was a huge success with roughly 60 cosmologists attending from as far away as Edinburgh. More information about the UK Cosmology initiative and future meetings can be found at their website http://www.ukcosmo.info

Inaugural Symposium of the Hyper-Kamiokande Proto-Collaboration

 Saturday 31 January 2015, Kashiwa (Japan), the inugural symposium of the Hyper-Kamiokande proto-collaboration was held. The symposium was held to both mark the official start of the proto-collaboration and for the signing of the agreement for the promotion of the project between the University of Tokyo Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies will take place during the symposium. More information in:   http://www.hyper-k.org/en/symposium-20150131.html

Particle Physics Masterclasses

Talk to scientists at CERN, work with real particle physics data and attend particle physics lectures on these day-long Masterclasses.

Queen Mary will again be hosting Particle Physics Masterclasses for Year 12 sixth form students on Wednesday 25th February and Wednesday 11th March. Offering the chance to learn about particle physics from the scientists actually doing the research, the students will attend talks and work with real particle physics data, sharing their findings with Physicists at CERN via video link.


In the laboratories of Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, in Stevenage (UK), engineers and scientists are developing the ExoMars Rover, which will be sent to Mars in 2018. One of the objectives of the ExoMars mission, a joint enterprise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), is to search for possible bio-signatures of life on Mars.

To this purpose, the ExoMars Rover has been equipped with innovative, human-inspired technology. In its 218-sol mission, the rover will have to autonomously travel on the Mars surface, identify scientifically relevant sites, safely navigate towards them and perform experiments. This talk will unveil the technology on-board the rover that will make it accomplish its mission.


GRADnet PhD Studentship second Open Day

GRADnet PhD Studentship second Open Day

The GRADnet PhD Studentship second Open Day will take place at 13:00-16:00 on Thursday, 19th March 2015 at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Please register here for the event.

13:00 Students arrival in main lecture theatre for short presentation from Peter McDonald

13:20 Lunch in the Council Room & networking

15:00 Close