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Birmingham professor of particle physics receives Institute of Physics medal for leadership

Birmingham professor of particle physics receives Institute of Physics medal for leadership
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The Institute of Physics (IOP) has awarded Birmingham Professor David Charlton the Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize for his leadership in particle physics. Professor Charlton received the medal at the prestigious IOP Award Winners 2017 ceremony, which was held in London on Tuesday 7 November.

Birmingham Professor to be recognised at Institute of Physics Awards ceremony for leadership of Higgs Boson discovery experiment

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Tomorrow (7 November), the Institute of Physics (IOP) will recognise particle physicist Professor David Charlton for his leadership in experimental physics by awarding him the Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize at the Institute's annual Awards Dinner in London.

Einstein's 'spooky' entanglement theory takes us one step closer to 'hearing' the Big Bang

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It was an Albert Einstein prediction – the general theory of relativity – that led to the first, much-anticipated detection of gravitational waves (GWs) by a laser detector part-built by scientists at Birmingham. Now, two years later, it's another of Einstein's predictions, quantum theory (ironically, one he tried to discredit) that has been harnessed by a group of physicists, including one from the University, in a bid to make future GW detectors more sensitive to the tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time.

New research reveals the origins of fundamental structures in the wind on a supergiant star

New research reveals the origins of fundamental structures in the wind on a supergiant star
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An international team of astronomers have discovered, for the first time, observational evidence in how some features at the surface of the hot massive supergiant star 'Zeta Puppis' induce the formation of fundamental structures in its wind.

How a University of Birmingham Physics and Astronomy student contributed to solving the global energy crisis

How a University of Birmingham Physics and Astronomy student contributed to solving the global energy crisis
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University of Birmingham Physics and Astronomy undergraduate student, Libby Moxon, spent her summer working on the development of fusion energy technology at Tokamak Energy. Libby explains; "Fusion energy is something that could bring limitless clean energy and go some way to eradicate the global energy crisis if achieved".

Time crystals: a new phase of matter

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Theoretical Physicist Dr Curt Von Keyserlingk, University of Birmingham, was recently interviewed on ABC Australia to discuss quantum mechanics and the very recent discovery of time crystals.

Scientists celebrate first direct observation of colliding neutron stars

Scientists celebrate first direct observation of colliding neutron stars
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For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time -- in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This is the first time that astronomers have been able to study the same event with both gravitational waves and light.

University of Birmingham to benefit from new £65m investment in science partnership agreement with US

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham are set to benefit from the UK investing £65m in a flagship global science project based in the United States that could change our understanding of the universe.

Birmingham gravitational waves team welcomes 2017 Nobel Prize

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Astrophysics experts from the University of Birmingham have welcomed the award of the 2017 Nobel prize in physics to a trio of gravitational wave science pioneers.

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo
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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.
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Events

EPS Christmas Lecture: Simon Singh - From Theorems to Serums, From Cryptology to Cosmology ... and The Simpsons

Date
07/12/2017
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Simon Singh, one of the world's most popular science and maths writers, takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the bestselling books he has written over the last two decades. Join us for this EPS Christmas Lecture and enjoy some festive cheer.

EPS Distinguished Lecture: Professor David Phillips

Date
06/03/2018
Description
Professor David Phillips, Past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, shares his personal journey from raw Birmingham undergraduate in 1958 through a successful academic career, to the present state of supposed retirement. He will give a flavour of his research in ultrafast reactions and photodynamic therapy of cancer and possibly even a few demonstrations while recounting tales of his student days, successes and set-backs.

EPS Societies' Awards 2018

Date
06/06/2018
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Returning for their fifth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 25 student groups.
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