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2014

Helen Czerski will give the Physics Department colloquium on The Scaling of Reality: A Problem for both Bubble Physics and Science Media, Wed 14 May

SPIE proceedings from Nanophotonics V at SPIE Europe on Experimental characterisation of holographic optical traps for microbubbles now published

Paper Laser vibrometry characterisation of a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip device: a preliminary investigation published in J Phys: Conf Ser 498 012002 (2014)

Professor Steven Chu will give the 2014 Harrie Massey Lecture at UCL on Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities, Wed 19 Mar 14

Phil is giving at talk at the NanoSpain 2014 conference in Madrid, 11-14 Mar 14

CoMPLEX CP3 project on measuring airway surface liquid layer depth available, co-supervised by Dr Guy Moss, 04 Mar 14

OSA Student Chapter (Messina) & EPS Young Minds Group (Messina) are holding a one-day symposium on "Optical Forces: from atoms to soft-matter", Wed 26 Feb 14

LCN Biophysics seminar by Dylan Owen (KCL) on probing the nano-organisation of the cell membrane, Wed 19 Feb 14

Xiang Han has joined the group as a visiting research student, 07 Feb 14

MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Open Day, Fri 24 Jan 14

LCN Biophysics seminar by Susan Cox (KCL) on Accelerating localisation microscopy, Wed 08 Jan 14

2013

PhD studentship in membrane engineering of artificial lipid vesicles available 16 Dec 13

Markus Oberthaler (Heidelberg University) is giving the AMOP Physics seminar on Atom interferometry: yesterday, today and tomorrow, Wed 11 Dec 13

Sile Nic Chormaic (OIST, Japan) is visiting today, Mon 09 Dec 13

There will be an Open Day for students interested in a PhD in AMOP Physics at UCL on Wed 04 Dec 13

Alan Lowe (UCL) will give the AMOPP/BioPhys seminar 'Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy reveals the inner workings of cells', Wed 13 Nov 13

Our paper 'Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures' has been published in Nature Nanotechnology 8 807-819 (2013)

The new OSA Optical Cooling and Trapping Technical Group web page is now online

Prof Paul Chaikin will give the 2013 Bragg Lecture on Some small steps towards artificial life, Wed 30 Oct 13

Congratulations to Marios Sergides on passing his PhD viva, 22 Oct 13

Phil is giving a talk on Lasers to the Natural Sciences Society of St Olave's Grammar School, Orpington, 18 Oct 13 

SPIE conference proceedings from Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation X on optical binding of nanowires now published

CoMPLEX MRes / MSc Nanotechnology lecture on Optical Tweezers, Tue 08 Oct 13, 2pm

Adam Plowman has joined the group for his MSci Physics project on Microswimmers

Alessandro Magazzu (University of Messina) is joining us today as a visiting student under the EU COST Action MP1205 on Optofluidics

Chris Richards and Tom Smart have joined the Optical Tweezers Group for ther PhDs

Entry Optical tweezers published in Taylor & Francis Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering

Congratulations to former PhD student Susan Skelton, who has won the Carey Foster Prize for 2013 for the best PhD thesis in AMOP Physics at UCL

Our review paper 'Optical trapping and manipulation of nanostructures' has been accepted for publication in Nature Nanotechnology

Paper from AFPAC 2012 published 'Theoretical characterisation of the radial and translational motion of coated microbubbles under acoustic excitation', J. Phys: Conf. Ser. 457 012001 (2013)

We are pleased to welcome Prof Jixiong Pu (Huaqiao University) to the group as a distinguished visiting scholar 25 Jul - 08 Sep 13

Onofrio Marago and Giovanni Volpe are visiting this week, 08-12 Jul 13

Adam & Nat's project Konnect - The smart lecture experience has been awarded funding in the JISC Summer of Student Innovation competition

Congratulations to Zhi Hao Wong who has won the MAPS Faculty Medal for the best performance in final year exams, and also the Physics Department William Bragg Prize for best overall undergraduate

Congratulations to Marios Sergides, who has won a JSPS Fellowship to work with Dr Sile Nic Chormaic at OIST

Adam & Nat have entered their idea Konnect - The smart lecture experience into the JISC Summer of Student Innovation competition

Mark Ransley is re-joining the group for a CoMPLEX summer project, co-supervised by Dr Geraint Thomas

Juanjo Saenz (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) is visiting and giving a talk on Scattering Asymmetry and Non-conservative Optical Forces, Fri 10 May 13

Matt Jones (Durham) is giving today's AMOPP seminar on Many-body physics with Group II Rydberg atoms, Wed 08 May 13

Isabel Llorente Garcia has joined the department as a UCL Excellence Fellow

MSci projects for Physics and Natural Sciences students available for 2013-14.  Contact Phil Jones for details

Simon Cornish (Durham University)

Prof Phillippe Marmottant will be addressing the next meeting of the Bubble Users Group at UCL, Wed 23 Apr 13

Phil and Onofrio are visiting Giovanni Volpe at Bilkent Unversity, Ankara, 17-19 Apr 13

PHOTOPTICS 2014 2nd International Conference on Photonics, Optics and Laser Technology taking place in Lisbon, 07-09 Jan 14

Phil's article Optical Tweezers will appear in the next edition of the Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering

POP! The sound of bubbles will be at the Big Bang Science Fair, 14-17 Mar

Dr Susan Skelton is leaving the group to take up a postdoc position at the University of Osaka

Two PhD studentships for 'Exploring stochastic thermodynamics with optical traps' available for 2013 start.  Contact Phil Jones for details.

Congratulations to Susan Skelton who successfully defended her PhD thesis, Mon 18 Feb 13

AMOP Physics postgraduate Open Day, Wed 13 Feb 13

Phil is giving a talk about studying physics at university at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Thu 07 Feb

Simon Hanna (Bristol University) is visiting and giving the AMOPP/BioP seminar on Optimising forces and torques for optical micromanipulation, 30 Jan 13

Onofrio Marago (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting, 30 Jan 13

Mark Ransley is joining the group for a CoMPLEX CP2 project, co-supervised by Geraint Thomas

Marios is visiting the group of Dr Sile Nic Chormaic in OIST, Japan, 12-22 Jan 13

CoMPLEX CP2 presentation on biological interferometry Wed 09 Jan 13, with Geraint Thomas

Paper Trapping volume control in optical tweezers using cylindrical vector beams published in Opt. Lett. 38 28-30 (2013)

2012

UCL Consortium wins funding for Next Generation Optical Microscopy from MRC

Project 'Exploring stochastic thermodynamics with optical traps' has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Our paper Trapping volume control in optical tweezers using cylindrical vector beams has been accepted for publication in 

IoP / Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Scheme 2013 now open for applications.  Contact Phil Jones if you are interested in applying for an award to work in the Optical Tweezers Group

Pietro Cicuta (Cambridge University) is visiting and giving the AMOPP/BioP seminar on Emergence of collective states in active colloids, Wed 07 Nov 12

Paper Evanescent wave optical trapping and transport of micro- and nanoparticles on tapered optical fibers published in J. Quant. Spect. Rad. Transf. 113 2512-2520 (2012)

Jonathan Reid (Bristol University) is giving the Physical Chemistry seminar on Aerosols: From climate science to drug delivery, 2pm Wed 10 Oct

CoMPLEX MRes / MSc Nanotechnology lecture on Optical Tweezers, Wed 09 Oct 12, 2pm

SPIE conference proceedings from Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation IX on microbubble squeezing, radially polarized traps and optical binding now published

Our paper Optical trapping of nanotubes with cylindrical vector beams has been selected for inclusion in the latest issue of Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics

Chris Richards and Zhi Wong are joining the group for their Physics MSci projects

Marios and Susan are attending the SPIE Optics + Photonics 2012 conference in San Diego, CA, 12-16 Aug 12

Our paper Optical trapping of nanotubes with cylindrical vector beams is published in Optics Letters 37 3381 (2012)sts

Onofrio Marago (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting, 17-20 Jul 12

Our exhibit POP! The sound of bubbles is at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2012 this week until Sun 08 Jul. Gianluca explains some of the science in this BBC report (from 1'00")

Our paper Optical trapping and deformation of microbubbles in a dual-beam fibre-optic trap is now published in Journal of Optics and included in the IoPscience featured articles collection

One day meeting on Fluctuations in dynamical systems far from equilbrium, Wed 27 Jun at QMUL

New animation of an 'optically squeezed' microbubble on our YouTube page

NOIs project review meeting at IQOQI Innsbruck, Tue 13 June

Paper Evanescent wave optical trapping and transport of micro- and nanoparticles on tapered optical fibers accepted for publication in JQSRT

Phil is giving a talk at the IPCF General Meeting, Cetraro, 21-23 May

CoMPLEX MRes summer projects on microscopy applications available for 2012.  See project listings for details

Chris Fury has joined the group to work on the NPL/UCL microbubble trapping project

The Physics Department Annual Review 2011-12 has been published, and features Phil in the staff profile section

Members of the NPL/UCL microbubble trapping project will be at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2012 with a display titled POP! The sound of bubbles

Phil & Onofrio are visiting Juanjo Sßenz (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Fri 02 Mar

David Carberry (Bristol University) is visiting and giving the AMOPP seminar, Wed 22 Feb

AMOP Physics Open Day for prospective PhD students, Wednesday 08 Feb 12

Onofrio Marago (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group as part of our Royal Society International Joint Project, 26-31 Jan 12

2011

Paper Optical trapping of porous silicon nanoparticles published in Nanotechnology 22 505704 (2011)

Nuffield Foundation / IoP Undergraduate Research Scheme 2012 now open for applications.  Contact Phil Jones if you are interested in applying for an award to work in the Optical Tweezers Group

Harrie Massey Lecture, 23 Nov 11: Coherent control of single molecules, complexes and nanoantennas by Prof Niek van Hulst (ICFO-Barcelona)

Onofrio Marago and Maria Grazia Donato (IPCF-CNR, Messina) are visiting the group as part of our Royal Society International Joint Project, 21-25 Nov 11

PhD studentship to work on optical and acoustic trapping of microbubbles available.  Contact Dr Phil Jones for details

Next Microbubble User Group (microBUG) meeting Wed 16 Nov 11 at Imperial College

Phil is visiting Onofrio Marago (IPCF-CNR, Messina) as part of our Royal Society International Joint Project, 07-11 Nov 11

CoMPLEX ITPL / MSc Nanotechnogy lecture on optical tweezers, Tue 11 Oct

Physics Colloquium Wed 19 Oct 11: Statistical Thermodynamics and the Breaking of Time Symmetry by Dr Gavin Crooks (Berkeley)

AMOP Physics seminar given by Phil Jones, Wed 05 October: Research in the UCL Optical Tweezers Group

Phil has won the Physics & Astronomy Departmental Teaching Prize for 2011

Kelly Thorneycroft has joined the group for her MSci project

Paper Fano-Doppler laser cooling of hybrid nanostructures published in ACS Nano 5 7354-7361 (2011)

Electromagnetic & Light Scattering (ELS) XIII conference in Taormina, Sicily, 26-30 Sep 2011.  Conference papers availabe in special issue of Atti della Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti

Susan is attending the Life beyond the PhD conference at Cumberland Lodge, 15-18 Aug 11

New movies of microparticle propulsion along tapered optical fibres on our YouTube channel

Jeremy Baumberg (Cambridge University) will be giving the CMMP/LCN seminar on NanoAssembly on the kilometre scale for NanoPhotonics, Wed 22 Jun 11

Phil has won the MAPS Faculty Teaching Award for 2011, shared with Prof Ted Johnson (Dept of Mathematics)

UCL Science Centre lecture by Phil Jones on 50 years of the laser, Fri 10 June

Ewa Karczeswka has joined the group with a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary

Andrei Rode (ANU, Canberra) is visiting and giving the AMOPP seminar on Optical vortices: trapping of particles and material processing, 18 May 11

CoMPLEx MRes summer projects available.  See the course listings for details.

Optical Trapping Applications 2011 conference in Monterey, CA, 4-6 April 11

Onofrio Marag˛ (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group, 7-11 March 11

Half-day meeting for UCL physicists and life scientists on Optical Techniques in Biological Physics, Thu 17 Feb 11

David McGloin (Dundee University) is visiting and giving the AMOPP/BioP seminar on Optical Manipulation of Droplets: Aerosols and Hydrosomes, 12 Jan 11

2010

Paola Borri (Cardiff University) is visiting and giving the AMOPP/BioP seminar on Novel Multiphoton Microscopy Techniques for Cell Imaging, 8 Dec 10

Paper 'Brownian Motion of Graphene'  published in ACS Nano 4 7515-7523 (2010).

Optical trapping article published in UCL Science for Schools magazine

Nuffield Undergraduate Research Scheme 2011 now open for applications.  Contact Phil Jones if you are interested in applying for an award to work in the Optical Tweezers Group

Onofrio Marag˛ (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group, 8-12 November 10

Muhammad Abdul Khudus has joined the group for his MSc project

2010 Nobel Laureate Prof Andre Geim (Manchester University) will be giving the annual Bragg Lecture 27 Oct 10

CoMPLEx ITPL / Nanotechnology MSc lecture on optical tweezers, Tue 12 Oct

Next Microbubble User Group meeting on Friday 1 Oct 10 at Imperial College

Agata Pawlikowska has joined the group to work on the UCL/NPL 'Bubbles: sensors for the micro-world' project

NOIs project annual project meeting held in Physikzentrum Bad Honnef 24 Sep 10

Richard Berry (Oxford) is giving the CoMPLEX seminar on 'Single-molecule observations of turnover, co-operativity and mechanochemistry in a macromolecular complex' 27 July 10

Maria Grazia Donato (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group, 12-16 July 10

Radhika Patel has joined the group with a Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary

MSci Projects in the Optical Tweezers Group for 2010-11 are now available.  See the course web site for full details.  Examples of previous projects can be found here and here.

'Bubbles: sensors for the micro-world' project start-up meeting Mon 17 May, Bushy House, Teddington

CoMPLEX MRes project on 'Optical trapping of polarized lipid vesicles' available for summer 2010

Physics of biomolecular systems meeting, Tue 20 April at 1:30pm, LMCB seminar Room

Project 'Bubbles: sensors for the micro-world' wins funding from the National Physical Laboratory Strategic Research Programme.

Onofrio Marag˛ (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group, 2-5 March 10

Light-driven nanorotors paper featured in Topics in Particle and Dispersion Science

Project 'Ultra-high resolution spatio-temporal microscopy at UCL' wins funding from the Platform Technologies Initiative

AMOP Physics Open Day for prospective PhD students, Wednesday 3 February 2010

A PhD studentship is available to work on optical and acoustic trapping of microbubbles.  Contact Dr Phil Jones for details. (This position has now been filled).

Serge Lemay (U Twente / TU Delft) will give the LCN Seminar on Wed 13 Jan on 'Ion mesoscopics in nanofluidic devices'. Seminar postponed.

2009

CoMPLEX annual meeting The limits of perception: challenges for biological imaging, Fri 18 Dec

Optical Tweezers Group awarded a Royal Society International Joint Project grant with Onofrio Marago (IPCF-CNR)

'Optical nano-trapping' talk for the Imperial College Student Chapter of the OSA 26 Nov 09

Optical trapping article published in UCL journal Opticon1826

Nuffield Undergraduate Research Scheme 2010 now open for applications.  Contact Phil Jones if you are interested in applying for an award to work in the Optical Tweezers Group

Muddassar Rashid has joined the group for his MSc project

Optical Tweezers Group's research featured in a nanotechweb technology update, 22 Oct 09

CoMPLEx ITPL / MSc Nanotechnology lecture on optical tweezers Thu 15 Oct at 2pm in E17

Soliman Edris, Caroline Harfield and Shazia Khan have joined the group, October 09

Paper on 'Rotation Detection in Light-Driven Nanorotors' published in ACS Nano

Marios Sergides is joining the group for a PhD, 1 October 09

NOIs project start-up meeting, Thu 3 Sep 2009

Susan Skelton has joined the group for a PhD, 1 Sep 09

Paper 'Sagnac interferometer method for synthesis of fractional polarization vortices' published in Optics Letters

CoMPLEx PhD project on quantifying bacterial adhesion using optical tweezers and surface force balance available, starting 2009

Onofrio Marag˛ (IPCF-CNR, Messina) is visiting the group, 12-14 July 09

Trends in Optical Micromanipulation II to be held in Obergurgl, 11-16 Apr 2010

Paper on 'Focusing of high-order cylindrical vector beams' published in Journal of Optics A

A funded PhD studentship is available to work on trapping and binding with optical nanofibers (this postion has now been filled)

NOIs project receives funding from NanoSci-E+ and EPSRC

Alex Dunning has joined the group with a Nuffield Foundation Research Bursary

The official opening of the new CoMPLEx offices in the Physics Department will be on Thu 11 June 2009

A number of PHASM201 and PHAS3400 projects for 3rd and 4th year students are available for 2009-10.  See the course web site for details.  Examples of previous projects in the Optical Tweezers Group can be found here and here.

Onofrio Marago from the IPCF-CNR (Messina) is visiting the group 31 Mar - 2 Apr 09

Chris Abell (Cambridge University) will be giving the LCN seminar on Wed 11 Mar on 'Microdroplet microreactors'

Susan Perkin (UCL Chemistry) will be giving the AMOPP seminar on Wed 18 Mar on 'Films of water and ionic liquids, and the molecular basis of lubrication'

AMOP Physics Open Day for prospective PhD students, Wednesday 21 January 2009

Femtonewton force sensing with nanotubes featured in SPIE newsroom, 19 Jan 2009

Anna Las (ICR, Sutton) is visiting the group, 14 Jan 2009

Nuffield Undergraduate Research Scheme 2009 now open for applications.  Contact Phil Jones if you are interested in applying for an award to work in Optical Tweezers.

2008

Microbubble User Group meeting, Friday 12 December at Imperial College.

Pietro Cicuta (Cambridge University) will be giving the Chemistry Department seminar on 'Phase separation and mechanics in model membranes and simple biological cells', 10 December 2008

Femto Newton Force Sensing paper featured as a research highlight ('Trapped nanotubes') in Nature Photonics

Claudia Veigel (NIMR, Mill Hill) is giving the LCN seminar on 'The mechanics of myosin motor proteins', 5 November 2008

Optical Tweezers talk at the Physics Department Cumberland Lodge weekend 25 October 2008

Norman Loeckel, Duc Ninh, Nick Elias & Shaady Hussein are all joining the group for projects from October 2008

Prof Sumio Iijima (Meijo University, Japan) will give the annual Bragg Lecture on 'The 17-year-old carbon nanotube' 8 October 2008

CoMPLEx ITPL / Nanotechnology MSc lecture on Optical Tweezers, Thu 16 October 2008

Paper on Femto Newton force sensing with optically trapped nanotubes published in Nano Letters

Onofrio Marago from the IPCF-CNR (Messina) is visiting the group 27 June - 6 July 2008

Optical trapping of carbon nanotubes paper published in Physica E

Muddassar Rashid has joined the group with an Undergraduate Research Bursary from the Nuffield Foundation

Maqsood Ahmed has joined the group for his CoMPLEx MRes project.

Jochen Guck (Cambridge University) will be giving the LCN seminar on 'Biophotonics', 4 June 2008

PHAS4201 MSci Physics projects for 2008-09 available.  A list of all projects is available on the course web site.  Examples of previous projects in the Optical Tweezers Group can be found here and here.

CoMPLEx MRes summer project for 2008 on using optical tweezers to quantify bacterial adhesion available: details

Onofrio Marago and Pietro Gucciardi from IPCF-CNR are visiting the group January 23 - February 3, 2008

Hampstead Scientific Society talk on Optical Tweezers, January 17 2008.

2007

Congratulations to Sarah Skoff who completed her MSc project in the Optical Tweezers Group. She achieved a pass with distinction, and was awarded the Harrie Massey prize for the best MSc student.

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