First signs of weird quantum property of empty space?
Publication date: 30 November 2016
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarisation of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to a quantum effect known as vacuum birefringence.
Research Associates in Space Plasma Physics x 2
Publication date: 26 October 2016
We seek to appoint two scientifically productive post-doctoral scientists to undertake research in the areas of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on auroral physics and the magnetospheric substorm. These projects are expected to utilise state-of-the-art data collected from the ESA Cluster auroral acceleration region campaigns as well as data from the NASA THEMIS, Van Allen Probes and MMS missions.
Publication date: 10 October 2016
We are looking for some temporary assistance in the MSSL kitchen on an as and when basis.
Experience not essential, training given.
Mechanical Design Engineer
Publication date: 5 October 2016
Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Design Engineer in the mechanical and thermal engineering group at MSSL to support the Laboratory’s space science instrumentation programme.
Gaia sizes up 1.1 billion stars
Publication date: 16 September 2016
Report on Space Weather impacts to finance published
Publication date: 7 September 2016
UCL researchers have been applying their knowledge of “space weather” to help the the finance sector build their resilience to this natural phenomenon. Space weather refers to changes in the near-Earth space that are caused by the Sun. Huge explosions and eruptions in the Sun’s atmosphere reach out and cause changes in the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere, and this ultimately has knock-on effects to much of our modern technology, for example electricity distribution, satellite services and communications. A new report led by UCL lays out guidance on how to factor space weather risks into business resiliency planning for the finance sector, and discusses how businesses might be impacted.
MSSL Deliver First QB50 INMS
Publication date: 17 August 2016
Dhiren Kataria (centre-right) sets off to deliver the first of 12 Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometers (INMS) to the QB50 project. INMS is the latest in a long line of space particle detectors designed, built and tested by MSSL and follows the successful operation of a similar instrument on the UK's TechDemoSat-1 launched in 2014.
Professor Claire Carmalt appointed as new Head of Department for Chemistry
Publication date: 11 August 2016
The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of
Professor Claire Carmalt as the new Head of Department for UCL
Chemistry. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year
(2016-17). She will be the 18th Head of Department for Chemistry and the
first woman appointed to the position.
Prof Louise Harra and team awarded 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes
Publication date: 9 August 2016
The winners of the 2016 Daiwa Adrian Prizes, the
prestigious awards for scientific collaboration in the UK and Japan,
have been announced. Following an assessment conducted by a panel of
Fellows of the Royal Society, the Trustees of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese
Foundation have awarded four Daiwa Adrian Prizes of £10,000 to joint
UK-Japan scientific research teams.
New Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences appointed
Publication date: 20 July 2016
Einstein's general relativity passes another stringent test
Publication date: 11 July 2016
Magnetic Rope observed for the first time between Saturn and the Sun
Publication date: 6 July 2016
magnetic field structure, previously never seen before at Saturn, has
now been detected for the first time, using instrumentation built at UCL
and Imperial College.
When the Sun’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field (the magnetosphere), a complex process occurs called magnetic reconnection which can twist the field into a helical shape.
Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres
Publication date: 20 June 2016
MAPS Faculty PhesDival - 15th June
Publication date: 24 May 2016
Prof. Martin Rees - Real and Counterfactual Universes
Publication date: 23 May 2016
The greatest movie ever made, directed by astronomers, starring Our Universe
Publication date: 19 May 2016
Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail
Publication date: 26 April 2016
BBC Inside Science visits MSSL to talk QB50
Publication date: 22 April 2016
MSSL's Prof. Andrew Coates joined host Adam Rutherford on BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme to talk about missions to other stars and multi-spacecraft missions to our own planet. As well, roving report Marnie Chesterton visited MSSL to explore the grounds and talk to Dhiren Kataria about the upcoming QB50 mission and MSSL's involvement in its design and build.
Space Weather Research in UCL Antenna
Publication date: 4 April 2016
The science behind understanding the causes and effects of space weather being undertaken at MSSL has been featured in a new article on UCL Antenna. Prof. Louise Harra, Dr. Robert Wicks and Dhiren Kataria were interviewed about their research and the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission, along with the challenges of operating in such a hazardous environment.
Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’
Publication date: 24 March 2016
Congratulations to the winners of the MSSL Student Poster Competition
Publication date: 25 February 2016
UCL Colloquium 11 May 2016 - Prof Martin Rees, FRS
Publication date: 4 February 2016
UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars
Publication date: 4 December 2015
The UCL-made ‘structural-thermal model’ of the ExoMars PanCam instrument for the joint ESA-Roscosmos (Russian space agency) 2018 rover mission leaves UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) today for Airbus UK in Stevenage. This is the first of several steps on the way to Mars - in 2016, UCL will deliver engineering- and flight models. The flight model will be the actual instrument which travels to Mars where it will identify promising targets for the mission.
Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn
Publication date: 1 December 2015
MSSL Awards 2015
Publication date: 25 November 2015
On Monday 23rd November, staff and students gathered to recognise outstanding people at MSSL in the annual MSSL awards. The awards, presented in memory of former colleagues, are a recognition of excellence in our science, engineering and outreach programmes.