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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

Free Electron Lasers and Attosecond Light Sources Conference

UCL is hosting a conference on Free Electron Laser and Attosecond-Strong Field Science from June 30 to July 2 2014 at UCL. The preliminary  web-page for the conference is now live at
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/atto-fel-conference More...

Published: Oct 1, 2013 2:24:13 PM

Macroscopic and microscopic work.

Quantum engines must break down

Our present understanding of thermodynamics is fundamentally incorrect if applied to small systems and needs to be modified, according to new research from University College London (UCL) and the University of Gdańsk. The work establishes new laws in the rapidly emerging field of quantum thermodynamics. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2013 9:40:58 AM

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