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).

Patrick Moore Christmas Lecture

The University of Birmingham, Astronomical Society would like to welcome you to their annual Christmas lecture on the 4th of December, with our guest speaker Professor Alberto Vecchio.  The evening will open with refreshments in the coffee lounge from 19:00, followed by a lecture from Professor Vecchio on "The Quest for the Earliest Picture of the Universe", starting at 19:00.

See our Talks and Seminars page.

News

Government funding will allow quantum technology industry to flourish in UK

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We are on the way to creating a UK 'Quantum Valley', which, similar to Silicon Valley in the US, will provide an ecosystem of supply chain industries, skilled workforce and educated end users in which a multi-billion-pound quantum technology industry can flourish.

Exploiting the 'spooky effects' of quantum mechanics: physicists receive £80 million in funding

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A consortium led by physicists at the University of Birmingham including the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex have been awarded a UK Quantum Technology Hub with a total EPSRC, University and industry contribution exceeding £80 million to translate their work in quantum sensors into technology that could help industry solve many problems.

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, July - October 2014

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A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members March - July 2014

University of Birmingham Rocketry Society update - November 2014

University of Birmingham Rocketry Society update - November 2014
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The University of Birmingham Rocketry Society (UBRS) is the newest and most explosive EPS group yet! Dan Luckett, Maths student and Deputy Director-General, tells us more.

Birmingham physicist elected UK ATLAS Physics Coordinator

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Dr Kostas Nikolopoulos, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected UK ATLAS Physics coordinator.

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

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Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.

Positive news for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences as University celebrates best ever performance in National Student Survey

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Birmingham students are more satisfied with their teaching and learning than ever before according to The National Student Survey (NSS) – the most comprehensive measure of student satisfaction within higher education. The success was reflected in the College with the majority of the nine Schools seeing an increase in subject satisfaction. Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science saw outstanding results with 98% overall satisfaction.

Nuclear Engineering Students visit Xiamen for Clean Energy Summer School

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Four Nuclear Engineering students visited Xiamen, China, in June to participate in the Clean Energy Science and Technology Summer School.

Triangulating Carbon-12

Triangulating Carbon-12
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Investigations performed by members of the nuclear physics group at the MC40 cyclotron in Birmingham have uncovered a resonance at high-energy, the properties of which suggest that the protons and neutrons are clustered into three alpha particles arranged at the vertices of an equilateral triangle. This is the first time such a symmetry has been observed in nuclei and also a significant step into finally revealing the long sought after structure of the Hoyle state – the nuclear gateway for the synthesis of all heavier elements in the stars.

Professor Yvonne Elsworth featured on BBC Radio Four's 'In our time'

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How was the Sun formed, and what do we know about its structure and the processes going on inside our nearest star? Select 'The Sun 10 Jul' podcast from the linked page.
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