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First measurements of the differential positronium-formation cross-sections

Positrons are the antimatter version of electrons and so their fate in a matter world is ultimately to annihilate. However, prior to this, a positron may combine with an electron to form a matter-antimatter hybrid called positronium. This is akin to a hydrogen atom with the proton replaced by a positron. Fundamental to our understanding of the physical universe, positron and positronium are these days also acknowledged as being fantastically useful in practical applications such as probing material properties and medical diagnostics. However, there is still much that we do not know for sure about the details of the interactions of these particles with ordinary matter. For example if, in a collision with an atom or molecule, a positron captures an electron, in which directions is the positronium likely to travel and with what probability? More...

Published: Jun 17, 2015 12:35:19 PM

CO2 Satellite

New calculations to improve carbon dioxide monitoring from space

How light of different colours is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations developed by a UCL-led team of scientists. This will help climate scientists studying Earth’s greenhouse gas emissions to better interpret data collected from satellites and ground stations measuring CO2. More...

Published: Jun 15, 2015 10:29:10 AM

Watt Steam Engine

On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

New research from UCL has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 11:55:53 AM

PhD studentships in the AMOPP group


Application procedure

The AMOPP group has a lively and vibrant research community with 20 principal investigators and many postdoctoral research associates, PhD students, Master students, etc., with a regular intake of new PhD students every year.

To find out more about our research activities, please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/research. Additional information can be found in the webpages of individual principal investigators within the AMOPP group: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/people.

We offer research projects in the following topics:

  • quantum information processing and quantum technologies,
  • atomic and molecular cooling and trapping,
  • highly excited Rydberg states,
  • quantum cavity optomechanics,
  • positron and positronium physics,
  • ultracold laser spectroscopy and strong laser interactions,
  • theoretical physics of molecules and quantum sytems,
  • astronomical spectroscopy,
  • quantum collective dynamics in light-matter systems,
  • quantum physics of biomolecular processes,
  • macromolecular interactions in biological systems,
  • attosecond, strong-field and free-electron-laser interactions of matter with light. 

Every year there are a number of Ph.D studentships allocated to the AMOPP group for research in all areas of Atomic, Molecular Optical and Positron Physics. The deadline for applying for these studentships is January 25th 2017. In addition to these studentships there are project studentships that individual staff members have available each year. For these latter studentships you are strongly encouraged to also apply by January 2017, however, applications are accepted throughout the year. Please follow the instructions below to apply.

Application procedure

  1. Make an application by following the instructions under the “UCL Application Procedure” tab at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/phys/admissions/phd.
  2. Additionally, send a completed UCL AMOPP application form (this form can be downloaded here) by email to the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor, Agapi Emmanouilidou (a.emmanouilidou@ucl.ac.uk, ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk), so that your application is considered by AMOPP. Submitting this form is an essential step.
  3. The deadline for application is January 25th 2017 and interviews will be held on February 9th 2017. Please complete your application as early as possible to allow enough time for all UCL checks to be completed in advance of the interview process.

Further Information

For general enquiries regarding PhD studentships in the AMOPP group, please contact the AMOPP group's Postgraduate Admission tutor, Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou (a.emmanouilidou@ucl.ac.ukucapaem@ucl.ac.uk).

Should you require any further information regarding opportunities in a specific research area of the AMOPP group at UCL, individual members of staff (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/people) will always be pleased to help with enquiries about their research work.

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 Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou no later than late December 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. This 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 (e.g., students coming from abroad or moving to London).