New research from UCL has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important. More...
Published: Feb 10, 2015 11:55:53 AM
A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...
Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM
"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions
“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...
Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM
Our research is centred around the study of atoms and molecules
in highly excited Rydberg states. In particular we are interested in
exploiting samples in these states for:
- Applications in quantum information processing
- Studies of cold molecules
- Experiments with antihydrogen and positronium.
Summaries of my research which has been highlighted in the American Physical Society's publication Physics can be found in the following articles:
'Molecules on a string', A. Marian and B. Friedrich, Physics 2, 76 (2009)
'Getting a handle on difficult atoms', H. L. Bethlem, Physics 1, 25 (2008)