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Senior particle physicist from Birmingham takes on lead role at the ATLAS experiment

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Dave Charlton, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy, takes up the position of Spokesperson, the overall scientific lead, for the ATLAS project at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, on 1 March 2013.

Research news - Professor Bongs research grant

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Research news, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham

Small sun hosts mini planet in distant solar system

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Scientists have detected a rocky planet that is smaller than Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, orbiting a solar-type star 80% of the size and mass of the Sun, according to research published in the journal Nature (Wednesday 20 February 2013). The exact dimensions of the star, and the absolute size of the planet, were determined by asteroseismologists led by the University of Birmingham.

Small sun hosts mini planet in distant solar system

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Scientists have detected a rocky planet that is smaller than Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, orbiting a solar-type star 80% of the size and mass of the Sun, according to research published in the journal Nature today (Wednesday 20 February 2013). The exact dimensions of the star, and the absolute size of the planet, were determined by asteroseismologists led by the University of Birmingham.

UK-India project set to enhance talent in atomic physics research

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A new partnership between Indian and UK scientists to develop talent and innovation in a progressive branch of atomic physics is now underway.

Pulsing with history - new developments in asteroseismology

Pulsing with history - new developments in asteroseismology
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Understanding the history of our galaxy depends on having precise measurements of the properties of its stars. This has only been possible for stars that are within around 300 light-years from Earth. However, the University of Birmingham's Andrea Miglio and colleagues have used advances in asteroseismology — the study of the interior structure of stars through the analysis of their pulsations — to show that this limitation can now be overcome.

AstroSoc and BBC host Stargazing Live event

AstroSoc and BBC host Stargazing Live event
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In early January, AstroSoc teamed up with the BBC to host two large events on campus to supplement this year's broadcast of Stargazing Live. These events were among several organised by the BBC throughout the country, all aimed at enabling members of the public to take part in stargazing and astronomy for themselves after seeing the television shows.

Prof Trevor Ponman won £1,876,501 for Birmingham Astrophysics Consolidated Grant

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Prof Trevor Ponman won £1,876,501 from the Science and Technology Facilities Council for the project Birmingham Astrophysics: Consolidated Grant 2013–2016.

Scientists design new lens with dual function set to revolutionise optical devices

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have designed a lens using metamaterials that can function as a convex or a concave lens, according to research published today (13 November 2012) in the journal Nature Communications. By fabricating gold nano-rods on the glass, this new lens can magnify or demagnify objects, just by switching the polarisation of the light source.

Paralympic Gold!

Paralympic Gold!
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Pamela Relph, one of the University's Physics alumni, has taken gold in the mixed coxed fours rowing event at the 2012 paralympics.
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