Latest Mathematical & Physical Sciences News
Understanding how ice crystals form in clouds
Publication date: 9 December 2016
Professor John Morton awarded the 2016 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize
Publication date: 8 December 2016
Professor John Morton, LCN Professor in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Raymond and Beverley Sacker International Prize in Physical Science for his ‘outstanding and imaginative applications of magnetic resonance to quantum information storage and processing’.
State of the art laboratory to aid medical research
Publication date: 1 December 2016
The Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB), which house many of the departments within the Mathematical and Physical Science Faculty at University College London (UCL), is now home to a state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) laboratory.
First signs of weird quantum property of empty space?
Publication date: 30 November 2016
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to a quantum effect known as vacuum birefringence.
UCL visits Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences
Publication date: 29 November 2016
New solution for making 2D nanomaterials
Publication date: 21 November 2016
UCL students work with global counterparts to create innovative responses to the Sustainable Development Goals
Publication date: 16 November 2016
UCL to host National High Performance Computing Hub for Materials Science
Publication date: 7 November 2016
Arctic sea ice loss linked to personal CO2 emissions
Publication date: 3 November 2016
UCL team one step closer to achieving quantum ground state
Publication date: 28 October 2016
A team of scientists at UCL, led by Professor Peter Barker and Professor Tania Monteiro have taken another big step forward towards cooling a macroscopic object into the quantum regime. The team "levitated" silica particles of almost half a micrometre diameter in the light field of an optical cavity and succeeded in cooling them, using laser light by a factor of up to one hundred thousand, from room temperature.
Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument enters construction phase
Publication date: 27 October 2016
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) has recently received formal approval from the US Department of Energy to move forward to the construction phase. DESI is a 3-D sky mapping project and will measure spectra of 35 million galaxies to provide new clues about Dark Energy. Installation of the project is set to begin next year at the Mayall 4-meter telescope in Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, with observations starting up in early-2019.
UCL Science & Technology Studies launches new volunteering programme
Publication date: 26 October 2016
How often do quantum systems violate the second law of thermodynamics?
Publication date: 26 October 2016
UCL Academics elected Fellows of the American Physical Society
Publication date: 17 October 2016
Professor Angelos Michaelides (UCL Physics & Astronomy, UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology) and Professor Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) have both been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). These elections were made by the APS Council of Representatives at its September meeting.
Narrowing the window on sterile neutrinos
Publication date: 8 October 2016
LCN celebrates ten years of big nano-achievements at UCL
Publication date: 4 October 2016
Researchers and collaborators recently celebrated the work of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) at a symposium held in honour of the tenth anniversary of its opening.
The centre brings together scientists from UCL and Imperial College London to probe the natural world, and develop new technologies, at scales measured in billionths of a metre. The researchers are particularly focused on using nanotechnology to improve healthcare, information technology, energy and the environment.
Study provides strongest evidence oxygen levels were key to early animal evolution
Publication date: 23 September 2016
It has long puzzled scientists why, after 3 billion years of nothing more complex than algae, complex animals suddenly started to appear on Earth. Now, a team of researchers has put forward some of the strongest evidence yet to support the hypothesis that high levels of oxygen in the oceans were crucial for the emergence of skeletal animals 550 million years ago.
Celebrating 10 years of Hinode in space
Publication date: 22 September 2016
Cosmology safe as universe has no sense of direction
Publication date: 22 September 2016
Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars
Publication date: 14 September 2016
Working with UCL, Food Standards Agency pushes big data research to the top of the agenda
Publication date: 12 September 2016
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that it will fund a research fellow in Data Science and Food at UCL. The fellowship is the first significant investment in data science across any governmental body. The partnership initiates big data collaborations, highlighting the potential for big data analytics to reveal important insights that have societal benefits. Through this opportunity the FSA will also be part of a larger UCL research initiative through its Big Data Institute (UCL BDI).
Fossilised rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars
Publication date: 24 August 2016
Professor Claire Carmalt appointed as new Head of Department for Chemistry
Publication date: 11 August 2016
The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of
Professor Claire Carmalt as the new Head of Department for UCL
Chemistry. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year
(2016-17). She will be the 18th Head of Department for Chemistry and the
first woman appointed to the position.
Prof Louise Harra and team awarded 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes
Publication date: 9 August 2016
The winners of the 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes, the
prestigious awards for scientific collaboration in the UK and Japan,
have been announced. Following an assessment conducted by a panel of
Fellows of the Royal Society, the Trustees of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese
Foundation have awarded four Daiwa Adrian Prizes of £10,000 to joint
UK-Japan scientific research teams.
Top universities compete in third UCL/UCT Financial Mathematics Team Challenge
Publication date: 28 July 2016
The event, hosted by the African Institute of
Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) in association with
University College London (UCL) and University of Cape Town (UCT), saw
teams of mixed masters and doctoral students taking on practical
problems in an array of areas pertinent to the financial services
industry post the financial crisis.