£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
Lancaster University physicists have welcomed the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert.
Story supplied by LU Press Office
Tue 08 October 2013
The Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) group in Physics ran the biennial EISCAT radar symposium on campus 12-16 August 2013.
Thu 22 August 2013
A Lancaster University physics graduate has been selected for the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainee Programme.
Mon 12 August 2013
Professor Henning Schomerus is quoted in The Guardian (26 July) on writing a personal statement for admissions.
Many physics undergrad hopefuls mention a lot of the same books, or say they read the New Scientist, says Professor Henning Schomerus, physics admissions tutor at Lancaster University. "This wouldn't put me off, but I would probably more or less ignore it," he says. If you want to talk about a journal you read, pick out an article and discuss why it interests you.
Be specific. If The Big Bang Theory sparked your interest in physics, explain why. Schomerus, for instance, likes the episode where Sheldon takes a job as an unpaid waiter to try to discover how electrons move through graphene - it's an area he's done research in.
"Make the statement truly personal," he says.
Fri 26 July 2013