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Pettifer Prize 2017


The Pettifer Prize is presented annually to the Physics student with the best overall performance in first year examinations, and it honours the memory of Dr Robert Pettifer, who joined the department in 1972 until his retirement due to ill-health in 2007.

The prize was presented by David Leadley and also by Robert’s wife, Mary Pettifer.

The winner this year was Nicholas Metcalfe.

More information on the prize can be found at

Tue 31 October 2017, 12:10 | Tags: Undergraduates, Awards

Gold origin confirmed with first ever neutron star gravitational wave sighting

Gold’s origin in the Universe has finally been confirmed, after a gravitational wave source was seen and heard for the first time ever by an international collaboration of researchers, with astronomers at the University of Warwick playing a leading role.

Tue 17 October 2017, 15:50 | Tags: Research

Mid-infrared light emission > 3 um wavelength from tensile strained GeSn microdisks

Direct bandgap photoluminescence in the 3–5 um wavelength window is demonstrated from GeSn microdisks, suggesting that GeSn alloys are well suited for mid-infrared integrated gas sensors on Si chips.

Mon 16 October 2017, 14:58 | Tags: Research

Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

We celebrate the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of the achievements and recent results in gravitational wave research. The three winners made pivotal contributions to the development of the ground-based detector arrays that led to the first detection of gravitational waves from a merging pair of black holes by the advanced LIGO facility in 2015. Members of the Astronomy & Astrophysics group are actively involved in gravitational wave astrophysics, in particular pursuing searches for electromagnetic signatures coincident with gravitational waves and have recently deployed a dedicated facility for this work, GOTO.

Fri 06 October 2017, 14:32 | Tags: Feature News

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