£3m for particle physics research
The Physics Department has been awarded a £3 million grant by the Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) to continue its programme of particle physics research over the next five years.
The award will enable Lancaster physicists to maintain their strong commitment to CERN's Large Hadron Collider with the ATLAS collaboration and to sustain their interest in investigating the properties of the elusive neutrino with the T2K collaboration in Japan.
Both projects have yielded very important and exciting scientific results in the past year - the discovery of the Higgs boson and the first observation of a previously unseen type of neutrino oscillation. Lancaster staff were closely involved in each of these groundbreaking findings.
Lancaster particle physicists are now beginning to explore the properties of the Higgs boson and delve deeper into the behaviour of neutrinos. Professor Peter Ratoff is the principal investigator on the grant.
Mon 19 November 2012
In the REF2014 Research Excellence Framework the Lancaster Physics Department was ranked 2nd in the UK for the amount of its research output judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality. Indeed, 28% of our publications submitted for assessment were deemed to belong in the top bracket.
Thu 18 December 2014
Researchers in the Physics Department's Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) Group have been awarded £923,000 by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to study the plasma environments within our solar system.
Fri 21 November 2014
Professor Jim Wild, jointly with colleagues at the University of Leicester, has secured a NERC award of £423,000, £123,000 of which will come to Lancaster.
Fri 07 November 2014
On 24th October, forty teachers from across the South Lakes area visited the Faculty of Science and Technology, as part of a partnership between Lancaster University, Research Council UK, and the South Lakes Federation.
Thu 06 November 2014