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

Clover leaf by Scott Robinson on Flickr

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

Open Day for Prospective PhD Students

The Atomic Molecular Optical and Positron Physics group will be holding an Open Day on Wednesday December 4th 2013 at 13:00. Come along and find out more about working towards a PhD in our group! You'll get to hear about our research programs, talk to group members and potential supervisor as well as see our labs.

There are PhD opportunities in theoretical and experimental research in the following areas:

  • Cold matter and optical trapping
  • Positron and positronium physics
  • Biological physics: optical and magnetic tweezers
  • Quantum effects in biomolecular systems
  • Quantum information and quantum computation
  • Theoretical molecular atmospheric and astrophysics
  • Ultracold quantum gases
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy and strong laser interactions
  • Attosecond, Strong-Field and Free-Electron Laser interactions 

For more information on studentship opportunities and the application process, please follow this link. You are strongly encouraged to email potential supervisors directly regarding potential projects and funding.

The Open Day will be held in rooms A1 and E7 located on the Physics building on UCL's main Gower Street Campus. Please see here for further details of how to get to us.  The agenda of the day is:

13:00 - 15:00  Short research presentations by 6 AMOPP faculty (A1)

15:00 - 18:00  Poster presentations by research groups (E7)

15:00 - 17:00 Lab tours

In order to know the numbers for catering, please let us know if you will be attending the Open Day by emailing christine. johnston@ucl.ac.uk as the latest by Tuesday December 3nd 2013