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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...

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UCL-led team develops fast HIV diagnostic tool

A team led by Professor Rachel McKendry (UCL London Centre of Nanotechnology) have published new research showing promising developments towards a mobile phone-connected diagnostic tool that can detect HIV in seconds.  More...

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

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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.

Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

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Nasa Crop

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.

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

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XPS

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. 

UCL-led team develops fast HIV diagnostic tool

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Rachel McKendry

A team led by Professor Rachel McKendry (UCL London Centre of Nanotechnology) have published new research showing promising developments towards a mobile phone-connected diagnostic tool that can detect HIV in seconds. 

High Performance Computing Hub for Materials Science Launches at UCL

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A UCL-led consortium has launched its new national High Performance Computing facility, designed to aid research in materials and molecular modelling. The Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub (MMM Hub) will offer Tier 2 supercomputing facilities to HPC users from across the UK. 

Cosmoparticle Initiative

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The Cosmoparticle Initative, which brings together researchers from Astrophysics, HEP and MSSL, is now on the web at www.ucl.ac.uk/cosmoparticle

Accurately measuring the dark universe

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The theory that dark matter and dark energy make up most of the cosmos has been confirmed by extremely accurate measurements from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration, involving UCL Physics &Astronomy scientists. Please see:

Astrophysics Relocation

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After a 2.5 year 'temporary' residency at Hampstead Rd, we are pleased to update that the Astrophysics Group has finally moved back to Gower Street. The Group is now located in offices that the spread 2nd and 3rd floor of the Pearson Building, and 4th floor of the Lewis building.

Glowing nanosheets created by UCL-led team

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Hexagonal carbon nitride nanosheets gently dissolve into solution over time (left), producing luminescent, defect free 2d-nanosheets (right).

A team of researchers led by UCL Chemistry  and UCL Physics & Astronomy have shown that two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, which can be used to create LEDs (light emitting diodes) or solar cells, can be made by the simple, but unconventional, method of dissolution.

MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2017

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Each year the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty recognises excellence in teaching by staff and teaching assistants at all levels within the faculty through the Faculty Teaching Awards.

UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched

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UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50.

Astrophysics Promotions

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We would like to congratulate the following people on their well-deserved promotions:

Dr Nick Achilleos promotion to Professor of Planetary Physics;

UCL Physics Hackathon

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UCL Physics Hackathon

The Hackathon is an annual event organised by UCL Physics and Astronomy. This year’s event was held during the 5-6 June and pitted the skills of nearly 40 PhD students from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Half a century of space at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory

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Under the leadership of Harrie Massey (Quain Professor of Physics and head of the Physics Department), UCL became the leading UK university in space research during the 1950s. From this pioneering start sprung UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its official opening this week.

An ultimate speed limit for cooling

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How cold can it get? That depends how long you are willing to wait. The third law of thermodynamics, conjectured in 1912 by the Nobel laureate Walter Nernst, states that it takes an infinite time to cool a system to absolute zero – the coldest temperature possible.

Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

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A huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe’s formation has been detected by a UCL-led team of astronomers, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars.

First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system

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Disc of rocky debris

Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun, ‘Tatooine-like’ system has been found for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers.Published on the 27th Feb 2017 in Nature Astronomy and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the European Research Council, the study reports on the remains of shattered asteroids orbiting a double sun consisting of a white dwarf and a brown dwarf roughly 1000 light-years away in a system called SDSS 1557.

UCL secures STFC funding to teach next generation of data-science experts

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After a very competitive selection process, UCL has been chosen by STFC to host the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science (DIS) and Technologies, the first CDT funded by STFC.

Museum in Kathleen Lonsdale Building nears completion

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The Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB) is being refurbished and will provide a new space for the Rock Room museum, which will display the UCL geology collections to the public. The refurbishment is part of the Transforming UCL programme which will see an overall investment into the UCL estate of £1.2 billion over a 10 year period.

UCL visits Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences

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

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.

UCL team one step closer to achieving quantum ground state

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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.

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument enters construction phase

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

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

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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.

UCL Academics elected Fellows of the American Physical Society

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Professor Angelos Michaelides (UCL Physics & Astronomy, UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology) and Professor Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) have both been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). These elections were made by the APS Council of Representatives at its September meeting.

Fellow of the American Physical Society

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Many congratulations to Prof. Hiranya Peiris who has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

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