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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


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. E-mail a completed UCL AMOPP form to the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at a.emmanouilidou@ucl.ac.uk to inform her of your application. This form can be downloaded from here /phys/amopp/studentships. This is an essential step. You need to submit this form in order for your application to be considered by AMOPP.
  3. To be considered for one of the few studentships available to the AMOPP group this year you need to submit your application by February 9th. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his application is completed and has passed all UCL checks and its status is "Review/consider application" before the interview process. Interviews will take place on March 2nd. Note that these studentships are in addition to studentships that each academic staff may have this year. For the latter studentships there is no application deadline.

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).