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New Students 2019

For all those students due to join us this autumn, congratulations on your results. We are looking forward to seeing you at the end of September. Please visit our welcome page for further information.

Feature News

Future Leaders Fellowships

The Department of Physics is delighted to host two highly-prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellows.

Heather Cegla will join the Astronomy and Astrophysics group working on the project "A Pathway to the Confirmation and Characterisation of Habitable Alien Worlds", and Benjamin Richards will join EPP to work on the "Search for diffuse supernova background in Gd based water Cherenkov experiments".

Research Updates

image Knot your regular crystal of atoms

Topology has played a central role in modern physics. New phases of matter and phase transitions (1, 2), as well as electronic band theory (3), are understood in terms of topological concepts. On page 1449 of this issue, Tai and Smalyukh (4) harness topology to create a fundamentally new type of crystal, built with knots tied in a chiral fluid (see the figure). They used a liquid crystal doped with a chiral molecule, which caused all of the molecules to rotate like a corkscrew along a preferred direction, the helical axis. Using electric fields…

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The Welfare and Communication Group (WCG) works to promote good working practices and gender equality in Physics.