News and events

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

Events:

Astronomy in the City

Join us for the final Astronomy in the City of 2014. 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. A lucky few will have the opportunity to visit the University's Observatory and see its half-metre telescope too. This month, we will have a special, festive-themed talk (as long as everyone's been nice and not naughty).

See our Talks and Seminars page.

News

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld
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While understanding the rules of the abstract part of physics called'quantum mechanics' occupied the 20th century, harnessing its power for applications will be a dominant theme of the 21st century. Making the earth beneath our feet transparent is the latest example of utilising the strange properties of the microscopic quantum world to provide such a 'Quantum Technology'.

The University of Birmingham opens its new telescope to the public

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A new era of astronomy starts at the University of Birmingham this month, when students and researchers start to observe the night sky with a new state-of-the-art telescope located at the University's observatory on the outskirts of the city.

New art installation featuring the 'sound of the stars' unveiled at Thinktank

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Did you know that the Sun is playing its own stellar symphony, just like a musical instrument? Scientists at the University of Birmingham who study the 'music of the stars' have worked with sound artist Caroline Devine to create an art-science installation that goes live this week at Thinktank Birmingham science museum.

The strange misalignment of Kepler-56 and its planets

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have discovered a stellar system in our Galaxy where the spin of its 'red giant' star and the orbits of its planets are misaligned, according to research published in the journal Science.

What has the Higgs Boson ever done for me?

What has the Higgs Boson ever done for me?
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Nobody working in the subject was really surprised that this year's Nobel prize for physics was awarded to Peter Higgs; most of the speculation was over who he would share it with. Yet when Higgs and others first put forward their ideas in the mid 1960s, even specialists could have been forgiven for thinking that they were just plain crazy.

Understand the Higgs boson at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

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Physicists from the University of Birmingham will be showcasing some of their ground-breaking work through a series of interactive displays at the Royal Society's annual Summer Science Exhibition which opens to the public officially tomorrow (2 July 2013).

University staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Two members of University of Birmingham staff have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cosmic giants shed new light on dark matter

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Astronomers at the University of Birmingham, Academica Sinica in Taiwan, and the Kavli Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan, have found new evidence that the mysterious dark matter that pervades our universe behaves as predicted by the 'cold dark matter' theory known as 'CDM'.

Professor Kai Bongs wins £249,910 grant from Leverhulme Trust

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Professor Kai Bongs has won £249,910 from the Leverhulme Trust for the project, Understanding and Exploiting Quantum Processes in Nature.
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