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•	Delegates outside National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, China (Credit: Professor Xiao Guo)

UCL visits Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences

In September, Professor Nikolaos Konstantinidis, Vice-Dean (International) for the UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences Faculty, headed a visit to China to meet some of the top academic institutions.

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UCL team one step closer to achieving quantum ground state

A team of scientists at UCL, led by Professor Peter Barker and Professor Tania Monteiro have taken another big step forward towards cooling a macroscopic object into the quantum regime. The team "levitated" silica particles of almost half a micrometre diameter in the light field of an optical cavity and succeeded in cooling them, using laser light by a factor of up to one hundred thousand, from room temperature. More...

A cell of the optical system, shipped recently from UCL to Fermilab

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument enters construction phase

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) has recently received formal approval from the US Department of Energy to move forward to the construction phase. DESI is a 3-D sky mapping project and will measure spectra of 35 million galaxies to provide new clues about Dark Energy. Installation of the project is set to begin next year at the Mayall 4-meter telescope in Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, with observations starting up in early-2019.



New Scientist Air-of-Mystery

In this forbidden region, planes can't fly, balloons can't float, and satellites struggle to orbit. A swarm of tiny probes is about to reveal its secrets.

Astrophysics Group, Dept of Physics & Astronomy

The Astrophysics Group of UCL's Dept of Physics & Astronomy is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.

Our group members are also playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2030 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, Euclid, LSST, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, SPICA, Cassini, Laplace / JUICE, Ariel, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN, ALMA and SKA.

Head of Group: Prof. Serena Viti
Administrator:  Mrs Kay Nakum

Vacancy: Research Associate in supernova dust studies: destruction and survival rates

Applications are invited for a PDRA position funded by the European Research Council (SNDUST 694520), available from 1st April 2017 for 3 years in the first instance, to work with Professor Mike Barlow and his ERC-funded team. The aim of the project is to carry out numerical hydrodynamical and hydromagnetic simulations of the effects of supernova forward and reverse shocks on dust particles, with the aim of quantifying lifetimes of supernova dust and interstellar dust against destruction by sputtering and grain-grain collisions. The results will be compared with observations of the properties of dust in supernova ejecta and remnants, with the goal of clarifying the overall contribution from supernovae to the dust content of the Universe.

Essential requirements: a PhD in a relevant area of Astrophysics; excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience in writing and using numerical codes for astrophysical applications; familiarity with dust astrophysics.

To apply and for further information, please click here.

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