News and events

News items and events relating to the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Events:

BritGrav 15 public lecture: Gravitational waves—advances towards detection

25/02/2015
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein publishing his theory of general relativity. To celebrate this occasion, Professor Jim Hough will give a public talk on gravitational-wave astronomy. The talk is for a general audience with no physics or astronomy background. The lecture is free, but booking is required. Before and after the lecture, there will be refreshments, hands-on demonstrations and the chance to chat with our researchers.

 

See our Talks and Seminars page.

News

Birmingham goes 'Beyond the Boson' at the Royal Society

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham are showcasing ground breaking research into the Higgs boson at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014.

School of Physics leads the way on gender equality

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has become the tenth Juno Champion after displaying its determination and commitment to addressing gender inequities across its whole student and staff body.

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider
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Much has been made of the discovery of the Higgs boson – the elementary particle pivotal to the Standard Model of physics – and rightly so. Yet the so-called 'God particle', hypothesised for so long and finally confirmed in 2012, is responsible for only one per cent of the mass of the visible universe. The other 99 per cent is due to the Strong Force.Professor David Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy, talks about his work at the Large Hadron Collider.

EPS colleague elected Fellow of the Royal Society

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Professor David Charlton has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists and the national Academy of Science in the UK.

Metamaterial - Rewriting the Rules for Optics

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It is the stuff of science-fiction movies, but the idea of an 'invisibility cloak' is not as fantastical as it sounds.

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, November 2013 – March 2014

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A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members November 2013 – March 2014

Poynting Physical Society Update, March 2014

Poynting Physical Society Update, March 2014
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It's been a busy year for the Poynting Physical Society. Read what Vice-President Ceri Bradshaw and Treasurer Ryan Pepper and have up to.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting delivers the inaugural EPS Distinguished Lecture

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On Wednesday 5th March Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Director of the Surrey Space Centre, delivered the first EPS Distinguished Lecture. Students Ceri Bradshaw, Rob Brennan-Craddock and Graham Kirkby summarise the event.

Echoes of the Big Bang

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Professor Alberto Vecchio discusses world-leading research into gravitational wave theory.

Newton's constant of gravitation - a physical constant too difficult to measure?

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College Best Publication Award for 'Improved Determination of G Using Two Methods'. Professor Clive Speake and coauthors recently published results of a determination of the value of Newton's constant of gravitation, G (Physics Review Letters 111,101102, 2013).
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