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Institute of Physics medals for three Nottingham professors

This is a long-overdue post to congratulate three of our professors from the School of Physics and Astronomy who won major awards from the Institute of Physics. The fact that the awards were announced in October and it’s taken this long to post this gives a small reflection into the workload we’ve been facing this …

Two terms down, one to go: we’ve come a long way

Autumn term: check. Spring term: check. Time for the Easter holidays then a final push through our Summer term.  But first, a quick reflection on the academic year so far. (And what a year it’s been.) Now I’ve been in the UK for over 20 years, and when I first arrived learned much about the …

Looking for dark energy – in the lab

This guest post from Dr. Ben Elder, a postdoctoral fellow in the Particle Theory and Cosmology Group, reporting on the very exciting publication of a research project. The aim? Trying to to understand nothing less than one of the biggest mysteries in cosmology by looking for experimental evidence in the lab! When we look at …

Nottingham physicists develop a wearable brain scanner

Exciting results out of the University of Nottingham magnetoencephalography (MEG) lab appeared in the prestigious journal Nature this week in a research paper entitled ‘Moving magnetoencephalography towards real-world applications with a wearable system‘. In the accompanying video, Dr. Matt Brookes and Nottingham PhD students Elena Boto and Niall Holmes explain how the combination of quantum sensors, …

Nottingham hosts the first ever Institute of Physics Technicians Event

Guest post by Dr. Nick Botterill, Facilities and Technical Manager, School of Physics and Astronomy On 7th March, a contingent of Technical staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham attended a Technicians Event hosted by the Institute of Physics on our Jubilee Campus.  Founded in 1874, this was the Institute’s …

Student research: Teaching neural networks to identify gravitational lenses

The major research project in the fourth year of our MSci degree is a chance for students to get hands-on experience in the frontline physics research our academic staff are working on, i.e. where we don’t know what the answer is going to be when we start! Some projects lead to valuable advances in the …

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 …

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… …

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 …