On Monday February 20, a delegation of PsiStar students have visited CERN and its facilities. They visited the first synchrocyclotron built at CERN in 1954 and then they went underground to visit the cathedral-size CMS and ATLAS experiments, taking data at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System, has been found by an international team of scientists led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
SPA and the Juno Committee is celebrating the International Women's Day with a special lecture on women and physics in the developing world. Join us on Wednesday 9th March at 13:30 in the G.O.Jones Lecture Theater. Dr Kate Shaw is a particle physics researcher working in the ATLAS experiment at the CERN collider. She is also passionate ambassador of physics research in developing countries.
Frank Close, acclaimed author of several books explaining physics to the general audience, will come to the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL on Friday March 4th at 4:15pm in the G.O.Jones Lecture Theatre. He will talk about his latest book telling the story of physicist Bruno Pontecorvo.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics recognises important advances in neutrino physics, a major research area for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
The Prize, awarded to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, marks significant contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos oscillate between two different identities and therefore must have mass.
A PhD studentship for immediate start (October 2015, 2015/16 year) has become available to work with the ATLAS Experiment under EU funding
Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.
QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.
Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC), involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing cluster, are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC as CERN announces the successful collisions of proton beams with a total energy of 13 TeV.
Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing network are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC, as CERN announces the first successful circulation of proton beams after a two years maintenance stop.
Saturday 31 January 2015, Kashiwa (Japan), the inugural symposium of the Hyper-Kamiokande proto-collaboration was held.
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.
The School of Physics and Astronomy has strongly contributed to the excellent results obtained in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) by QMUL, which has been ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK.
Congratulations to Mr Declan Millar, a NExT PhD Student on a joint QMUL-Southampton PhD programme on the project `Search for Resonant Production of Top Pairs at ATLAS', supervised by Dr Lucio Cerrito (QMUL PPRC) and Prof Stefano Moretti (Southampton HEP group), who has secured a very prestigious ATLAS PhD Grant.
Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked joint 1st in London with an overall student satisfaction rate of 94 per cent, according to the latest results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.
July 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of CP violation. This is a tiny difference between matter and antimatter that is vital for the Universe to have evolved into its matter dominated state. We heard about this discovery from one of the co-discoverers of the phenomenon, Jim Cronin. Following this talk Makoto Kobayashi, who with his collaborator Maskawa, wrote down our current model of CP violation in the CKM matrix told his part of the story. This was the start to a two day event at QMUL to explore the past (and future) studies during the 50 years of CP violation conference.
Rebecca Fickling recently won the President’s President Award for her work as the President of the PsiStar Society.
PsiStar is a large and active society and currently has 186 paid members. Rebecca has led the PsiStar committee in organising a strong and varied programme of events throughout the year, including a 200 person strong Physics and Astronomy Ball with food, wine and music. Other events include karaoke nights, summer BBQs, evening Physics and Astronomy guest lectures, trips to CERN in Switzerland, as well as the frequent pub-crawls!
Queen Mary contribute to International Pint of Science Festival. Coming to a pub near you! The format is simple: 3 days of down-to-earth talks by top scientists in the most relaxed setting possible – the pub! With 14 universities participating and over 150 volunteers, Pint of Science Festival 2014 is not to be missed! Whether you’re a total nerd or simply enjoy a bit of a natter over some liquid refreshment, these talks will engage you with fascinating stories, discoveries and fun facts to amaze your mates.
March 12, 2014: Hyper-Kamiokande (http://www.hyperk.org/ & https://twitter.com/hyperkamiokande) is one of the top 27 projects (out of the 192 submitted) selected by the Japanese Science Council in the "Japanese Master Plan of Large Research Projects" ( http://www.scj.go.jp/ja/info/kohyo/pdf/kohyo-22-t188-1.pdf - English version coming soon).
Abstract : You've heard of Medical Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics... but have you ever thought about the vital role physics plays in showbiz? Alix Pryde is the BBC's Director of Distribution. She also has a PhD in solid state physics, completed under the supervision of QML's Professor Martin Dove. She'll talk about her career journey from crystals to crystal sets and their modern equivalents.
The National Student Survey 2014 (NSS), of final year undergraduate students, officially opens at QM on Monday 13 January 2014 and closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. The NSS website goes live on Monday 13 January, where students can complete the survey online: www.thestudentsurvey.com. Students cannot complete the survey prior to Monday 13 January.
Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering a six-part course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in February. The course will examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the Standard Model and the Nobel Prize winning discovery of the Higgs boson. The latest results from the LHC will also be presented including searches for new physics such as quantum gravity and supersymmetry.
Today, Tuesday October 8th, the Swedish Royal Academy has announced the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics and it has been awarded to Prof. Englert and Prof.
This NExT PhD Workshop is the third of a series of Workshops for Graduate students. It is open to NExT Institute staff, PDRAs and students, as well as external participants. It aims to bring people together to present, share and generate new ideas. The topic of this Graduate Workshop is "At the frontier of our knowledge".
The PPRC will hold a half day meeting in the afternoon of Wednesday 20th March 2013 to celebrate Peter Kalmus' 80th Birthday. The format of the meeting will be a series of talks by Peter's colleagues over the years, followed by a reception and dinner. The talks will take place in the G.O.Jones (Physics) Lecture Theatre.
On Wednesday 27 February, ten PhD students from QM competed in the annual Junk the Jargon competition. Junk the Jargon challenges participants to communicate their research topic in an engaging and fun way to a broad audience - in just three minutes.
The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announced that it has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage
Dr Ben Still, research associate and particle physicist from the School of Physics and Astronomy has won the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) Early Career Communicators’ Award for a range of exciting and innovative projects to share his love of physics.
BaBar recently unveiled two results that test the limits of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Both of these were shown at the Flavor Physics and CP Violation (FPCP 2012) conference in China during May. The first of these was a measurement of B mesons decaying into a final state containing either a Dτν or a D*τν. Too many events were found, and the combination of these measurements is in tension with the Standard Model, the measured result is 3.4σ from what was expected, with a p value of 6.9×10-4.
The LHC will increase the proton beam energy to 4 TeV per beam when it restarts operation in March. The mass range available to the Higgs particle is already narrowed to a window of just 16 GeV. The ATLAS and CMS experiments have seen hints that a Higgs might exist in the mass range 124-126 GeV. To discover, or to rule out the Standard Model Higgs altogether, requires one more year’s worth of data.
Following the successfull Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy that took place on Tuesday 31st January 2012, we have been asked to make available the summary of talks to all those who could not find place in the packed lecture hall.
Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering a six-part course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in February. The evening lectures are aimed at those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of particle physics going beyond a single lecture. The course will examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the Standard Model.
The Particle Physics Research Centre has a number of funded PhD studentships available for UK, EU and International applicants. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012. Students will join an active group involved in a broad range of activities including neutrino physics, LHC physics and R&D for future experiments.
On December 13th, 2011 the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson in a seminar at CERN. Both experiments have seen hints of Higgs boson production in the mass range of 120-130 GeV, but not significant enough to prove the Higgs particle existence. Instead, they have limited its possible existence within the mass ranges of 116-130 GeV (ATLAS) and 115-127 GeV (CMS).
A meeting on low energy scale quantum gravity will be hosted by the Particle Physics Research Centre on 7th December. The Meeting seeks to review the status of quantum gravity searches and phenomenology. Latest results from the LHC experiments will be discussed and developments in theoretical approaches will be reviewed. The meeting is free for all researchers.
We are pleased to announce two PhD places, available for intake in September 2012 to work on the SNO+ experiment in the particle physics group. These posts, funded by a European Research Council grant are in addition to PhD positions funded through the college and STFC. More details of the SNO+ experiment can be found here.