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A light touch to reading electron spins

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Illustration by Nicole Fuller (sayostudio.com)

Scientists at UCL have shown a new way of reading electron spins, which eliminates the need for powerful magnetic fields and reduces the reliance on very low temperatures. The study is published this week in the journal Nature Materials.

EU Science Commissioner visits UCL

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Commissioner Moedas

The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, visited UCL today. He held  a meeting with the President & Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, before being visiting the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Superfast computers a step closer as a silicon chip’s quantum capabilities are improved

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FELIX laser facility; credit: China Crisis/Wikimedia Commons

Research has demonstrated laser control of quantum states in an ordinary silicon wafer and observation of these states via a conventional electrical measurement.

UCL forging closer big data links with Japan

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Japan big data

Patrick Wolfe, executive director of UCL’s Big Data Institute has recently returned from Japan, where he was working on developing closer links between UCL and Japanese institutions.

Nanospheres cooled with light to explore the limits of quantum physics

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Nanosphere suspended in a cavity

A team of scientists at UCL led by Peter Barker and Tania Monteiro (UCL Physics and Astronomy) has developed a new technology which could one day create quantum phenomena in objects far larger than any achieved so far.

UCL researcher strikes Bronze for physics display in Parliament

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SET for Britain

Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has struck Bronze at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his physics research, walking away with a £1000 prize.

New paint makes tough self-cleaning surfaces

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water-bead-dirt

A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper.

European Research Council grant success for the faculty

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LCN and Maths buildings

Researchers in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences have been awarded three major new grants from the European Research Council (ERC). These are in the areas of mathematics and nanotechnology.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Parliament

Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has been awarded the Bronze medal in Physics for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Strange Creatures put on display at UCL

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The Kongouro from New Holland

‘Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye.

Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere

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Venus

New research shows how the Sun and the atmosphere of Venus interact, making the planet lose 300kg of atmospheric gas every day. The research, published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, comes from two teams led by scientists at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

Faculty Postgraduate Prize winners announced

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Park

Many congratulations to Ah Yeon Park, winner of the 2014 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Lara Smale, winner of the 2014 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize.

UCL to play role in world's largest solar telescope

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DKIST

The UK science community has secured a pivotal role in the world's largest ground-based solar telescope, the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

UCL leading the way for gender equality in physics

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Juno

UCL’s department of Physics & Astronomy has been recognised as a national leader in gender equality.

On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

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Cup of tea. Photo: Bernd/CC-BY

New research from UCL and the Universities of Gdansk, Singapore, and Delft has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature.

Using a single molecule to create a new magnetic field sensor

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iron phthalocyanine

Researchers at UCL and the University of Liverpool have shown a new way to use a single molecule as a magnetic field sensor.

UCL scientists honoured in annual RAS awards

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Harra

Two UCL scientists and one scientific collaboration led by a UCL researcher have been recognised in this year's Royal Astronomical Society Awards.

UCL and i-sense collaborate with Google to track flu outbreaks

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i-sense staff and Google

UCL and i-sense have joined forces with Google to contribute to the earlier global detection of influenza outbreaks.

Shedding light on why blue LEDs are so tricky to make

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LEDs

Scientists at UCL, in collaboration with groups at the University of Bath and the Science & Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory, have uncovered the mystery of why blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are so difficult to make, by revealing the complex properties of their main component – gallium nitride – using sophisticated computer simulations.

UCL researcher among Forbes' 'top scientists under 30'

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Vijay Chudasama

Vijay Chudasama (UCL Chemistry) has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the world's top scientists under the age of 30.

Using light to understand the brain

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Neurons in the cortex of a mouse expressing proteins enabling the 'reading' and 'writing' of electrical activity

UCL researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both ‘read’ and ‘write’ brain signals.

UCL joins Graphene Flagship

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Carbon nitride graphene

A team including four UCL departments has joined the EU’s Graphene Flagship project, giving the university a foothold in one of the biggest scientific programmes currently underway.

Origin of polar auroras revealed

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Theta

Researchers from UCL, University of Southampton and University of Leicester together with ESA and NASA have uncovered the origin of a colourful display in the night sky called ‘theta aurora’, explaining for the first time how auroras at high-latitudes form.

Dr Matt Powner wins the Thieme Chemistry prize

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Matt Powner

Dr Matt Powner (UCL Chemistry) has been awarded the 2015 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award. The award is to recognise promising young professors at the beginning of their career and is made by the editorial boards of the journals Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts.

REF publication: key results for the faculty

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Researcher in the LCN

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has now been published, giving the government’s assessment of research quality across all the UK’s universities.

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