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
Lancaster neutrino physicists have been involved in the work of both of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics laureates, but particularly with that of Professor Arthur McDonald on both the SNO experiment for which the prize was awarded, and the successive, current SNO+ experiment. In 2001, SNO demonstrated conclusively that neutrinos change type as they traverse the distance between the Sun and the Earth, solving a 40-year puzzle.
Tue 06 October 2015
Dmytro Iatsenko, who recently completed his PhD in the Physics Department under Professor Aneta Stefanovska, has been awarded a Springer Thesis Prize for his work on Nonlinear Mode Decomposition. The award comprises a prize of €500 and the publication of the work in the collection of outstanding Springer Theses.
Wed 26 August 2015
Researchers have developed a new non-invasive technique which can accurately detect malignant melanoma without a biopsy.
Tue 11 August 2015
Three Physics PhD students have been rewarded for their excellent work over the previous year at an end of year celebration in the Physics Department.
Wed 29 July 2015