EISCAT meeting hosted by Lancaster
The Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science (SPEARS) group in Physics ran the biennial EISCAT radar symposium on campus 12-16 August 2013.
EISCAT is a collection of seven large radar systems in northern Scandinavia, with transmitter powers of 1MW or more. It is used to research the polar upper-atmosphere (50 - 1000km altitude), near-Earth space environment and interplanetary solar wind.
EISCAT also owns a 1MW radio wave pump facility to perform active experiments in the plasma of the ionosphere (50 - 300km altitude).
The EISCAT facility is owned by China, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the UK with time-buyers from France, Russia, Ukraine and ESA. SPEARS are the biggest UK users.
The meeting was attended by 56 participants from all participating countries as well as the USA. Given the rotation, the next time the symposium will come back to the UK will be 2027.
Thu 22 August 2013
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
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