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Condensed Matter Physics Seminar

Dr Malcolm Connolly, University of Cambridge

Friday 28 November 2014, 1500-1600
C1 Physics Building

Microscopy and control of graphene quantum devices

Space Science Seminar: The challenges and problems in measuring energetic electron precipitation into the atmosphere

Space Science Seminar: The challenges and problems in measuring energetic electron precipitation into the atmosphere

Dr Mark Clilverd, British Antarctic Survey

Wednesday 03 December 2014, 1000-1100
Bowland North Seminar Room 20

Significant progress has been made in the understanding of energetic particle precipitation and its effects on the middle and upper atmosphere. Model simulations now include the chemical and energetic forcing from a broad range of energetic particles, including electrons and protons. Studies have shown that significant forcing of the atmosphere can occur during periods of high geomagnetic storm activity, initially driven by processes occurring on the Sun.

Space Science Seminar: Why do space policy and law matter?

Space Science Seminar: Why do space policy and law matter?

Professor David Southwood, Imperial College London.

Tuesday 09 December 2014, 1630-1730
Frankland Colloquium Room

Have you ever worried about why planes can't overfly other nations but no one queries that spacecraft can? Who is responsible if your spacecraft bumps into another? Why can't you use GPS to land an airliner? Are you allowed to collect an asteroid and bring it to the Earth? We'll explore some of the myriad ways in which the global use of space tests humanity's capacity to agree and cooperate out on the final frontier.

Space Science Seminar: Some current problems in magnetospheric MHD

Space Science Seminar: Some current problems in magnetospheric MHD

Professor David Southwood, Imperial College London.

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 0930-1030
Lecture Theatre 6, Management School Building

In this seminar Professor Southwood will tackle some outstanding problems at the cutting edge of space plasma physics research. These include Alfvén waves and their role in MHD instabilities and reconnection, and the electromagnetism of Saturn's rings. Finally he will answer the question: is Saturn's magnetosphere a good model of a pulsar?

Space Science Seminar: Saturn's magnetosphere - Highlights from 10 years of the Cassini mission

Space Science Seminar: Saturn's magnetosphere - Highlights from 10 years of the Cassini mission

Dr Caitriona Jackman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton

Thursday 11 December 2014, 1400-1500
Frankland Colloquium Room

The first spacecraft to fly by Saturn were Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Yet these gave us just a mere glimpse of the fascinating environment near Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft, one of the most successful missions of all time, went into orbit about Saturn in 2004, and has now delivered 10 years of amazing scientific discoveries.

Graphene superlattices

Dr Leonid Ponomarenko, Physics

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 1555-1620
Lecture Theatre 1, Management School Building

Recent advances in the fabrication of heterostructures based on two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals have opened up several new directions in graphene research1. One of the most exciting and highly debated subjects, which was initiated with direct involvement of the speaker2 and has been recognised by Physics World as one of 2013 breakthroughs of the year, is graphene superlattices.