Juno Practitioner Status

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announced that it has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.  More information about the Juno programme can be found at http://www.iop.org/policy/diversity/initiatives/juno/index.html. 

The National Student Survey 2013

The National Student Survey 2013

National Student Survey is now open for all 3rd year BSc and 4th year MSci students to complete.  We would like to encourage all of these students to complete the survey as soon as possible.

January sees the launch of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 at most Higher Education Institutions and most Further Education Colleges providing Higher Education courses across the UK. The NSS is your opportunity to give your opinions on what you liked about your time at your institution/course as well as things that you felt could have been improved. 

Talks from the Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy

Following the successfull Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy that took place on Tuesday 31st January 2012, we have been asked to make available the summary of talks to all those who could not find place in the packed lecture hall.

Talks are listed in order of appearance, as listed in the official programme.

Smaller is Stronger

Two foils (Ni and Cu) once bent, sprung back exactly the same.

Metal foils much thinner than a human hair show greater strength than expected.  The picture shows that this strength depends only on the size, not on the material properties of the particular metal.

These two foils are 10 microns thick, one is nickel and the other copper.  They have been annealed to give a large grain size (about 20 microns in both) and bent around the mandrel (the end of which just be seen at the bottom right of the picture.  Once bent, on release, they have sprung back the same amount, indicating that they have the same strength.

This experiment was carried out by Isis de Lavau and Jeremy Jardin, students from the French engineering school CESI, on placement here in September.  

1st Anglo-Chinese workshop on spin interactions in organic semiconductors

CCMMP will be holding the 1st Anglo-Chinese workshop on spin interactions in organic semiconductors at QMUL on the 18th August. The meeting will be attended by 5 physicists from Fudan University, China led by Prof Chang-Qin Wu. The aim of the meeting is to develop collaborative links in organic electronics and organic spintronics between QMUL and Fudan university.

HINTS consortium kick-off

The HINTS consortium

The HINTS consortium, a team of European academic and industry researchers, has recently had its project kick-off meeting in Bologna, Italy. Funded by the European Union Framework Programme 7 under the NMP theme, the €3.9M project will develop and deliver innovative hybrid organic-inorganic materials with engineered spin transfer efficiency at the hybrid interface. All the tailoring methods will be concentrated exclusively on the interfacial region and will proceed via three main approaches: (1) exploring various material combinations by varying both the inorganic and the organic component of the interface, (2) inserting interfacial layers of non-magnetic molecules at the HOI interface for tailoring its electrical properties, and (3) placing layers of high-spin molecules, able to modify both the electronic and the spin states at the interface. 

Launch of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 24th June

The establishment of the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics will be celebrated by holding a Launch Event on Friday 24th June (2 pm). The programme consists of a series of short talks followed by a reception. Details can be found here.

Alan Drew made VP-Europe of the ISMS

At the recent MuSR 2011 conference, Alan Drew was appointed as the Vice President for Europe of the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy. His main roles in the three year appointment will be to encourage membership of the society, promote muon science to those outside the research field and, with the other members of the executive committee, decide on the location of the next MuSR conference.