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Na-no way! Scientists see snowman's face in platinum encrusted nanoparticle

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have captured the formation of a platinum encrusted nanoparticle that bears a striking resemblance to a festive snowman. As well as providing some Christmas cheer, the fully functional 'nano-snowman' has applications for providing greener energy and for advancements in medical care.

Singing binaries: listening to the chirps of black holes

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In his inaugural lecture Professor Ilya Mandel discussed the detection of gravitational waves and explored the potential research opportunities arising from this revolutionary discovery.

Tests of General Relativity with GW150914

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We have produced out-of-this-world evidence to corroborate Einstein's theory of general relativity in a way that has never been done before.

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

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The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.

2016 Nobel Prize for Physics given for breakthroughs made at the University of Birmingham

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Two former University of Birmingham academics, Professor David Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz, have been recognised by the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work into the discoveries of the properties of matter.

University of Birmingham announces £6m for UK's first Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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The University of Birmingham is set to invest £6 million in a new Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – the first of its kind in the UK.

Strong results for Physics and Astronomy in Times guide

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Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has maintained its sixth position in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Scientists visualise quantum behaviour of hot electrons for first time

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Scientists have, for the first time, identified a method of visualising the quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface. The findings present a promising step forward towards being able to manipulate and control the behaviour of high energy, or 'hot', electrons.

A tight squeeze for electrons – quantum effects observed in 'one-dimensional' wires

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Researchers have observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional 'quantum wires' and observing the interactions between them. The results could be used to aid in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum computing.

European Research Council grant awarded to support Higgs boson research

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The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Konstantinos Nikolopoulos from the School of Physics and Astronomy a grant of €1.5M to support further research into the Higgs boson.
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Events

Quantum vortex matter: insights from computer algebra: Nicola Wilkin's Inaugural Lecture

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18/10/2017
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Professor Nicola Wilkin's inaugural lecture will focus on key physical systems, one is from a superconductor (a solid material) where the cortices therein are generated by an applied magnetic field and the other vortices in ultra-cold gases where the vortices are a response to rotation that is induced by lasers. Professor will also cover the key findings that were established using computer algebra, discussing how this intermediate tool between pencil and paper and full scale simulation can be exploited.

EPS Societies' Awards 2018

Date
06/06/2018
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Returning for their fifth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 25 student groups.
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