Spectrum of hot methane

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM

Quantum Phase Transitions

"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions

“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM

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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...

Published: Jan 9, 2014 3:48:33 PM

Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics

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The Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP) group explores many different topics and has both experimental and theoretical research programs in the following areas.

This research spans the range from the fundamental to the applied. We perform high precision measurements coupled with theoretical work, which are aimed at improving our understanding of fundamental processes. The applications of this improved understanding to areas as diverse as the development and structure of the universe, environmental change, and the behaviour of biological systems. To find out more about our current research activities and the group in general, please click on the links above.

We have a number of PhD studentships available.