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Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

A leading UCL cosmologist has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe. More...

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UCL to host one of eight new PhD training centres to boost UK’s data science expertise

Data intensive science in the UK has received a major boost thanks to an investment of almost £10million to train the next generation of experts in this important research area. More...

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Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

Light and gravitational waves produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars exploding – have been detected for the first time by a huge international collaboration involving UCL researchers. More...

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New X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer enters trial phase in UCL Chemistry

UCL’s Chemistry department has used a multi-user EPSRC grant to purchase a new X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS). The XPS is available for use by all UCL researchers, and promises new opportunities for research in the Faculty for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and beyond.  More...

Dusty doughnut around massive black hole spied for first time

25 April 2016

A team of astronomers, including UCL's Prof. Serena Viti imaged for the first time one of the doughnuts of dust long thought to encircle some supermassive black holes. These supermassive black holes are believed to be obscured by a doughnut-shaped structure of dust and gas, called a “torus.” However because the centres of these active galaxies are so distant, a dusty torus has never been seen – until now!

Dusty doughnut - Serena Viti

A dusty doughnut might look like this

The discovery required 35 radio dishes on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) perched in the high desert of the Chilean Andes.

If you want to know more about this amazing dougnut see

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2085261-dusty-doughnut-around-massive-black-hole-spied-for-first-time/

and
http://arxiv.org/abs/1604.00205

. . . It won't taste very good!

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