Prize for electron-neutrino research
The Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) experiment in Japan, that involves Lancaster University particle physicists, has recently been awarded the prestigious "Le Prix La Recherche". The prize, awarded by the French journal "La Recherche", one of the top popular science journals in France, honours the top research in 2011 across all sciences based upon a criteria of scientific discovery and deepening understanding. T2K's 2011 paper on electron-neutrino appearance in a muon-neutrino beam was selected by a 10-member committee of experts from disparate science and technology fields including mathematics, archeology and physics. The prize follows an award by the journal "Physics World" at the end of last year, for which the same T2K research was listed as one of the top 10 breakthroughs in Physics in 2011.
T2K was built to measure the properties of neutrinos - fundamental particles which have the unusual property of being able to change from one type of neutrino to another as they travel almost unhindered through matter or space. T2K fired a beam of muon-neutrinos 300 km to a "far" detector, where some of the muon-neutrinos were found to have changed to electron-neutrinos. The beam first goes through a "near" detector in order to characterise the muon-neutrino beam, which allows for comparison with the beam detected by the far detector. Lancaster physicists played a large role in building, calibrating and monitoring the near detector and are now using the data to measure neutrino interaction cross-sections, or probabilities.
Tue 20 November 2012
As part of the University's 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Physics Department held a special event for all those who have had or still have anything to do with the department. Alumni, ex-staff members and current staff and students were invited to attend. A dedicated web page for this event is under development.
Thu 18 September 2014
For the second year running the Physics Department offered a week of work experience to Y12 physics students who intend to take Physics at university. This year, 15 students from all over the UK participated, attending talks and carrying out week-long research projects into particle physics, quantum computing, nanotechnology and space weather.
Fri 25 July 2014
A group of A-level students from Morecambe High School have written a blog about their visit to CERN - the latest in a series of events involving Science and Technology at Lancaster University.
Fri 18 July 2014
"The bizarre world of low temperatures" was the theme of a quite extraordinary public lecture held on campus recently as part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations. An audience of over 200 packed into the Faraday Lecture Theatre on the evening of Monday 30th June to witness an amazing double act by Physics Nobel Laureate and honorary Lancaster graduate
Fri 04 July 2014
Fri 04 July 2014