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Marin Alexe wins Humboldt Research Award

Marin Alexe of the Functional Electronic Materials group has received a prestigious Humboldt Research Award, recognising the breadth and depth of his research career in Condensed Matter Physics. Marin will work with academics in Germany to undertake research projects at the Martin Luther University, Halle/Saale and Technical University, Darmstadt.

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Tue 28 Jan 2020, 12:12 | Tags: Feature News, Awards

Mika Vesterinen awarded over €1.8 million by the ERC

On 10 December the European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its latest Consolidator Grant competition: 301 top scientists and scholars across Europe. Funding for these researchers, part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is worth in total €600 million. With this support, the new grantees will have a chance to build up their teams and have far-reaching impact.

Dr Mika Vesterinen from the Elementary Particle Physics group has been awarded over €1.8 million for a project to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical forces of nature, using one of the particle detectors at the CERN facility. He said: “The Standard Model makes several precise predictions that are yet to be matched by experimental measurements of the same precision. The ERC funding allows me to build a team of experts that will confront this problem with innovative high-precision analyses of data from the LHCb experiment at CERN.

“A significant disagreement between our measurements and the predictions would indicate new physics beyond the Standard Model, which is the holy grail of particle physics.”

Thu 12 Dec 2019, 14:23 | Tags: Feature News, Awards

Hidden giant planet revealed around tiny white dwarf star

The first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found in the form of a disc of gas formed from its evaporating atmosphere.

The Neptune-like planet orbits a star a quarter of its size about once every ten days, leaving a comet-like tail of gas comprised of hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur in its wake.

The discovery by astronomers from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics and the Millennium Nucleus for Planet Formation (NPF) at the University of Valparaíso is published today (4 December) in the journal Nature. It is the first evidence of a giant planet orbiting a white dwarf star and suggests that there could be many more planets around such stars waiting to be discovered.

Fri 06 Dec 2019, 14:13 | Tags: Feature News

Christmas Lecture a roaring success!

Paul and Alan at the Christmas LectureThe first Warwick Christmas Lecture of 2019 featured talks and live experiments by Physics academic James Lloyd-Hughes and our technical staff Paul McCarroll and Alan Burton. The audience of over 1100 enjoyed a fun and informative Christmas Lecture, including the Arts Centre's loudest ever explosion (deliberate and controlled).

The second Christmas Lecture included talks by Rachel Edwards and Ally Caldecote, featuring several paddling pools of non-Newtonian fluids.

XMaS User Meeting: New material science opportunities at the ESRF

The XMaS beamline is a materials science facility located at the European Synchrotron (ESRF) in Grenoble (France) and managed by the universities of Liverpool and Warwick.

The ESRF is currently undergoing a massive upgrade that will deliver the most brilliant x-ray beam in the world in 2020 and the beamline has been upgraded to take full advantage of the exciting new opportunities presented by the new source.

The beamline is organising its annual User Meeting at Radcliffe on 27th November.

This year’s User Meeting will be rather special as it will focus on what new research users will be able to do with the upgraded beamline. The in-house team will describe the new XMaS capabilities and a range of scientific talks will also illustrate the broad research portfolio covered by our user community.

If you are not a user but are interested in finding out more about the facility, please register and come along!

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 12:27 | Tags: 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".

Fri 20 Sep 2019, 10:32 | Tags: Feature News, Funding and Scholarships, Awards

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