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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

PhD studentships in the AMOPP group

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The AMOPP group has a lively and vibrant community of students working towards a PhD qualification, and we have a regular intake of new PhD students.

We are presently recruiting PhD students for research in all areas of AMOPP research:

We have a number of project studentships available for students connected to specific research projects:

For further details please contact the group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk.

Application procedure

  1. Go to the graduate application webpage to fill out an application. Be sure that you read all of the information before you fill out your application.
  2. The application process for DTA studentships (Ph.D studentships allocated to the AMOPP group) starting Fall 2014 is now closed. The interviews for these positions will take place in February. Note that besides the Ph.D positions allocated to the AMOPP group several academic staff have their own funding for additional Ph.D positions. Applications for these latter positions will still be accepted until positions are filled.
  3. Send an email to the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk to inform her/him of your application. Please attach a copy of your application to the email if you have completed it electronically. Also include the following details in your email:
  • Your application reference number
  • The date you submitted your application
  • How the application was submitted (surface mail, air mail, or on-line)
  • Which research program you have applied for

Further Information

Should you require any further information regarding opportunities in a research area of the AMOPP group at UCL, individual members of staff will always be pleased to help with enquiries about their research work . For general enquiries regarding PhD studentships in the AMOPP group, please contact the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk.

The graduate prospectus contains detailed information about our PhD program and further information can be found on the graduate application webpage. For general enquiries about the Physics and Astronomy PhD program please send an e-mail to the Departmental Administrator for Postgraduate Admissions.

Funding & Scholarships

For non-UK/EU students with excellent academic records a number of scholarships are available through the UCL graduate school. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships you must first fill out an application and contact the postgraduate admission tutor no later than early January each year. 

Seaton award

An award of £1000 has been established in honour of Prof M Seaton FRS, a distinguished atomic physicist and former member of the group. The award will assist new students joining the AMOPP group. One recipient will be selected by the group every year on the basis of academic merit and particular circumstances (eg students coming from abroad or moving to London).