Scientists from a large international collaboration (Oxford, AWE, CEA, LULI, Observatoire de Paris, University of Michigan, University of York and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) have succeeded for the first time in generating a laboratory analogue of a strong shock that is generated when matter falls at very high speed on the surface of extremely dense stars called white dwarfs.
Supersymmetric theories predicts particles that could help explain the mysterious dark matter in our universe, and which can be produced at the LHC, so they are well worth pursuing.
Prof Nicola Spaldin, ETH, Zurich
27 Jan: ‘From Materials to Cosmology: Studying the early universe under the microscope’
Prof Val Gibson, Cambridge
3 Feb: ‘The Beauty of Flavour - Latest results from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider’
10 Feb: No colloquium to avoid clash with Prof Eitan Tadmor @ Maths Institute
Prof Valerio Scarani, Centre for Quantum Technologies and National University of Singapore
17 Feb: ‘The applied side of Bell nonlocality’
The Advanced LIGO team has just announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a major milestone in the history of science that confirms one of Einstein's predictions and opens a new window into the near and far Universe.
On 11 February 2016, the weekly seminar of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics was devoted to a celebration of the work of Richard H Dalitz FRS (1925-2006) who founded the group in 1963.
Henry Snaith has been named one of Thomson Reuters most influential scientific minds for 2015 on the basis of 24 recent papers, mostly on perovskite solar cells, that were highly cited in 2013-14. The full report can be found here.
The Eddington Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for investigations in theoretical astrophysics. Tony Bell has been awarded the 2016 medal for his work on the acceleration of energetic particles by shock fronts occurring in supernova blast waves, active galaxies, the solar wind and elsewhere in the Universe. Acceleration by shocks is thought to be the main source of cosmic rays arriving at the Earth.
The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded the Winton Capital Award in astronomy for 2016 to Dr Ralph Schoenrich of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. The prize of £1000 is given annually to the post-doctoral researcher working in the UK whose career show the most promise within 5 years of their PhD examination. Dr Schoenrich works to understand the structure and history of our Galaxy. He has both pioneered new ways to model Galactic evolution and invented new techniques for analysing survey data.