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Astronomy in the City

Date
25/01/2017
Description
Join us for another instalment of the popular Astronomy in the City. Learn about astrophysics and astronomy with talks on this month's night sky and current research; a question and answer session with our friendly expert panel, and the chance to observe (weather permitting) with the Astronomy Society's portable telescopes and the University's historic Grubb telescope.

Can we turn nano-science into a manufacturing industry?

Date
14/02/2017 - 14/03/2017
Description
The fundamentals of nano-science lie in the precise manipulation of atoms and molecules - architecture on the atomic scale.

Mini Big Bangs in ALICE and the CERN LHC

Date
14/03/2017
Description
David Evans, Professor in High Energy Physics, will explain the physics behind the LHC and, in particular, the ALICE Experiment. His talk will include some audience participation and demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and is aimed at all age groups.

EPS Societies' Awards 2017

Date
07/06/2017
Description
Returning for their fourth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 24 student groups.

IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics

Date
16 - 20/07/2017
Description
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is delighted to announce that the 6th conference in this series will be hosted by Birmingham, UK. The conference will be held in July 2017 at the University of Birmingham, organised in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick. Having all been awarded Juno Champion status by IOP, the three universities' physics departments are strongly committed to promoting diversity and look forward to being fully involved in the conference.
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Observation of nonlinear rotational Doppler effect of light

Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with the University of Paderborn, have proved experimentally for the first time the rotational Doppler effect in nonlinear optics .

Doctoral students awarded top prizes in EPSRC photo competition

Doctoral students awarded top prizes in EPSRC photo competition
Description
Two Birmingham PhD students have been awarded second and third place in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) photography competition.

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

Description
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

The hunt is on for gravitational waves

Description
Birmingham physicists have designed and built components for the most sensitive instruments in the world called Advanced LIGO, and developed the techniques essential to tease out the signatures of gravitational waves from the data.

My week at the Baikonur Cosmodrome - with Professor Mike Cruise

Description
As UK astronaut Tim Peake makes his landmark flight to the ISS, Professor Cruise will be providing us a daily update from the launch site in Kazakhstan.

Nuclear Decommissioning requires education and training to advance future talent in the sector

Nuclear Decommissioning requires education and training to advance future talent in the sector
Description
The decommissioning of nuclear facilities is growing worldwide, creating job opportunities at all educational levels. Nuclear decommissioning is the industrial process of dismantling and decontaminating nuclear facilities and site remediation, removing them from regulatory control.

Swarovski collaborate with University of Birmingham physicists

Swarovski collaborate with University of Birmingham physicists
Description
Swarovski, have collaborated with researchers from the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON) project in School of Physics and Astronomy to develop a soundscape inspired by the sun.

LISA Pathfinder en route to gravitational wave demonstration

Description
The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder lifted off earlier today on a Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its way to demonstrate technology for observing gravitational waves from space.

Professor Shuang Zhang awarded Royal Society research accolade

Professor Shuang Zhang awarded Royal Society research accolade
Description
Professor Shuang Zhang from the School of Physics and Astronomy has received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work in metamaterials and plasmonics.

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, July – October 2015

Description
A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members July – October 2015
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