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A summer Down Under chasing gravitational waves

Guest post from former Nottingham undergraduate (MSci Physics 2017) and now first-year PhD student Lizzie Elmer, who went to Australia for a summer research experience and ended up playing an important role in one of the most exciting recent discoveries in physics! Finding an internship At the beginning of 2016, I was trying to decide …

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2017

We’re pleased to be hosting two events in honour of Ada Lovelace Day:  an annual international event celebrating achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.  (We’ve spoken previously about Nottingham native Ada Lovelace and her contributions to computer science here). Admission free, all are welcome! Where can a physics degree take you? In …

Levitation in the lab

A guest post by Senior Research Fellow Dr. Richard Hill, whose research recently graced the cover of the September 15 volume of the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters.   I have two superconducting magnets in my lab generating strong magnetic fields that can levitate water, wax, alcoholic drinks, flies, supercarrots, you know, that kind of thing… …

@UoN_Physics @YouTube

The School of Physics & Astronomy hasn’t been exactly shy of engaging via social media over the years. For one thing, we collaborate closely with the prolific and talented Brady Haran on a number of his successful YouTube channels including, in particular, Sixty Symbols. (The School was delighted that our efforts with Brady on Sixty …

2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results

Guest post by Prof Michael Merrifield, Head of School The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) were published today. This survey is conducted among all graduating students every year, in which they answer a whole series of questions about their experience at university, ranging from how good the staff were at explaining things to …

A New Mindset — Guest post by Andrew Coe

I was delighted when Physics World, for the third year running, published a coursework article written for the Politics, Perception, and Philosophy of Physics (PPP) module. In the guest post below, Andrew Coe, the author of this year’s Physics World PPP article, discusses his motivations for writing the piece and why publishing in Physics World was especially …

Biggest infra-red image of sky ever taken released by Nottingham astronomers

On the 1st August 2017, Nottingham’s astronomy group released the largest ever infra-red image of the sky. The image has 1.5 million megapixels and gives the most detailed view ever of the northern hemisphere from the ecliptic plane right up to 60 degrees north of the ecliptic.   In this guest post, Dr. Simon Dye …

Can you read my mind? New advances in brain imaging

The School of Physics and Astronomy has led the way in medical imaging, thanks to the scientific legacy of the late Sir Peter Mansfield.   Sir Peter won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2004 for the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Recently, Dr. Matt Brookes and Prof Richard Bowtell from the Sir Peter Mansfield …