New detections of gravitational waves from four black holes have been announced by an international project involving the University of Strathclyde. The new discoveries have been jointly announced by the National Science Foundation's LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and the European-based VIRGO gravitational-wave detector.
Collaborative work from researchers at the Universities of Strathclyde (Rachel Offer, Dalius Stulga, Erling Riis and Aidan Arnold) and Glasgow (Sonja Franke-Arnold) has just been published in the new NPG journal Communications Physics.
Congratulations to John Gillan and Ken Gibson for having their outstanding service to the Department and University recognised by the award of individual Strathclyde Medals.
In quantum Darwinism, information about a system becomes classical and objective when multiple observers indirectly probe the quantum state of the system by accessing different parts of its environment.
Led by Daniel Oi of the Unviersity of Strathclyde's Department of Physics, the project is investigating the production of a multispectral imaging (MSI) device which is a fraction of the size of conventional instruments. It could be installed in nanosatellites and used to monitor climate change, observe the activity of oceans, detect forest fires or track shipping traffic.
Sarah Jardine, Senior Director of Manufacturing with Optos plc, has been named the University of Strathclyde’s Alumna of the Year in recognition of her achievements in manufacturing and optics. She has been with Optos since she joined as a Senior Optical Engineer in 2000 and took up her current role in 2017. Mrs Jardine graduated from Strathclyde in 1992, with a BSc Honours degree in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics.
Dr Ina Lefering (Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group) participated in the last of three expeditions to the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea to collect optical data for Arctic PRIZE, a NERC-funded project investigating the effect of sea ice thinning and retreat on productivity in the Arctic Ocean. The project is led by colleagues from the Scottish Association of Marine Science in Oban and has partners from the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Oxford. The major modelling effort is being directed by Dr Neil Banas from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde.
Dr David McKee from the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group returned to the Barents Sea in April-May 2018 for the second leg of three expeditions to study the impact of sea-ice thinning and early retreat on physical and chemical processes that underpin ecosystem function. The aim was to collect data for Arctic PRIZE, one of 4 main projects in the NERC-funded Changing Arctic Ocean Programme.
In a recent work published in Physical Review Letters 120, 154801 (2018), Prof. Zheng-Ming Sheng and Prof. Dino Jaroszynski and collaborators have proposed a new scheme of cascade acceleration based upon Laser Wakefield Acceleration
In a recent experiment, a team of researchers led by Paul McKenna have made a significant advance in laser-driven ion acceleration. They have accelerated protons to energies close to 100 MeV.
An international team of researchers, including Physics PhD student Matthew Duff and supervisor Paul McKenna, have for the first time experimentally demonstrated energy loss of electrons from radiation reaction arising from their interaction with extremely intense laser light.
In January 2018, Dr David McKee and Dr Ina Lefering from the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group (Department of Physics) set out on their first expedition to the Barents Sea (East of Svalbard) to study the impact of sea-ice thinning and early retreat on physical and chemical processes that underpin ecosystem function. The expedition is part of a series of research cruises to collect data for Arctic PRIZE, one of 4 main projects in the NERC-funded Changing Arctic Ocean Programme.
Oliver Henrich has joined the Department of Physics as Chancellor’s Fellow. He brings along an almost £0.5 million EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship and complements the experimental expertise of the Biomolecular and Chemical Physics group with know-how about advanced simulation methodologies.
Rolling the polarization dice: Spontaneous formation of non-trivial polarization structures in a laser
Researchers at the Department of Physics under the lead of Thorsten Ackemann with visiting researchers from the University of Montpellier and the University of Cordoba have demonstrated the spontaneous emergence of laser beams with spatially non-uniform polarization.
On 17 August, 2017, the two LIGO detectors, together with Virgo, 'heard' the inspiral and merger of a pair of neutron stars for the very first time, this merger having taken place 'just' 40 million parsecs away. Moreover, this event was seen in the electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays to infrared light.
The Department congratulates Keith Mathieson on his promotion to Professor.
Strathclyde physics research has been recognised in a BBC article 'How do you build the next-generation internet?'
Prof. Nicholas Lockerbie and the Department of Physics congratulate the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics: Rainer Weiss (MIT), Barry C. Barish (Caltech) and Kip S.Thorne (Caltech).
Recent research in Dr Antonio Hurtado’s group at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics in artificial photonic neurons has been highlighted in an article in the latest issue of the magazine Laser Focus World.
A novel study, involving SCAPA Professors Bernhard Hidding and Zheng-Ming Sheng, proposes electron beams with orders of magnitude better brightness than state-of-the-art.
Congratulations to Brian Patton from the Department of Physics who is the winner of the biennial Tom Gibson Award. The award is made to recognise the outstanding achievement of a young researcher.
Strathclyde develops world’s highest gain high-power laser amplifier
Researchers at Strathclyde have demonstrated the feasibility of using plasma to amplify short laser pulses by a 'gain' of more than eight orders of magnitude – likened to amplifying the sound of rustling leaves to that of a jumbo jet - in just two mm of plasma.
The Department congratulates Alison Yao, Ben Hourahine and Michael Strain on their promotion to Senior Lecturer.
Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions
Man-made space radiation has been produced in research led by the University of Strathclyde, which could help to make space exploration safer, more reliable and more extensive.
We acquire one of the world’s most powerful lasers
One of the world’s most powerful lasers – capable of bursts of light equivalent to twenty times all the power consumed on Earth, captured in fraction of a second – has been acquired by the University of Strathclyde.
The Department congratulates Neil Hunt on his promotion to Professor and David McKee on his promotion to Reader.
12th FluoroFest International Workshop commemorates 40th Anniversary of the Founding of IBH, the Department’s first Spin-out Company
The Glasgow FluoroFest was attended by over 100 delegates from 14 countries, who networked with, and listened to a diverse lecture program delivered by world-renowned speakers, student flash talks, vibrant poster sessions and experienced hands-on instrument training. Papers from the workshop will be published in a special issue of the IoP journal Methods and Applications in Fluorescence.
The University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce its full membership of the Cockcroft Institute (CI). The CI, a national centre for particle accelerator R&D in the UK, is a partnership between the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Strathclyde, and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde.
The Strathclyde team led both the experimental realization and the theoretical confirmation of ultra-tight light pulses in the form of mode-locked spatial solitons.
The Department of Physics at Strathclyde is leading a new research programme on "Designing out-of-equilibrium many-body quantum systems". This £5.8M project to run over five years involves highly interlinked experimental and theoretical research at the Universities of Strathclyde, Cambridge and Oxford.
Physics awards for Strathclyders
Three physics researchers at the University of Strathclyde have received an international award for their work on the ground-breaking discovery of gravitational waves.
Gian-Luca Oppo of the Department of Physics has been appointed by the American Physical Society to the editorial board of Physical Review Letters from 16 January 2017 to 15 January 2020.
A new European Training Network will train early-stage researchers in fundamental science and applications in the areas of cold atom and quantum physics, optical technologies and complexity science to promote European competitiveness in emergent quantum technologies.
Light Source Discovery 'challenges basic assumption' of Physics
A widely-held understanding of electromagnetic radiation has been challenged in newly published research led at the University of Strathclyde.
Strathclyde joins Cockcroft Institute
The University of Strathclyde has become a full member of the Cockcroft Institute, the UK’s international centre for Accelerator Science and Technology at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire.
An international team of researchers, including Bob Bingham, has developed a concept to generate photons that whirl at high speed..
Gail McConnell and her colleagues in SIPBS have been recognised by Physics World as one of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2016 for the Mesolens, a new microscope lens that offers the unique combination of a large field of view with high resolution.
Physics World, the UK’s Institute of Physics magazine, announced recently that LIGO’s gravitational wave discovery is the "Physics World 2016 Breakthrough of the Year"
Alison M. Yao, Christopher Travis and Gian-Luca Oppo of the CNQO group, in collaboration with Robert Boyd’s group at the University of Ottawa in Canada, have demonstrated both numerically and experimentally that propagation of OAM-carrying beams is more stable if the polarization is spatially structured.
Prof. Alan Phelps is the recipient of the IEEE 2017 Plasma Science and Applications Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Plasma Science.
Prof. Nicholas Lockerbie has been awarded a President’s Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) for his significant contribution to the detection of gravitational waves.
A team of researchers led by Prof. Paul McKenna have demonstrated that the diffraction of intense laser light passing through a relativistic plasma aperture self-generated in a thin target foil can be used to control the acceleration of protons.
As might be expected, the terms “monogamous” and “faithful” mean something a little different in the quantum world than they do in everyday language.
Dr Nicholas Lockerbie attended the Herald Higher Education Awards ceremony on 14th July, to accept the award for Research Project of the Year made jointly to the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde for the detection of Gravitational Waves.
A theoretical prediction made by John Jeffers in 2000 suggested that loss may not be so random after all.
A one-day Symposium was held recently in recognition of Sir Peter Knight receiving and honorary Doctorate
Recently, Zheng-Ming Sheng and Dino Jaroszynski, together with collaborators in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and UCLA in USA, have proposed the idea of a plasma optical modulator for intense lasers, that not only can change the temporal profiles of intense laser pulses but also produce extremely broad spectral bandwidths, even exceeding of the central frequency
Gravity speaks to us again – 100 years after Einstein’s prediction
An international team of scientists has this week confirmed the detection of gravitational waves from a second instance of two black holes colliding, opening the door to a new age of astronomy.
Dr Daniel Oi, as part of an international team from Singapore amd Strathclyde, has successfully tested in space key components for building an orbital quantum network.
Strathclyde's David Birch leading industry collaboration also involving the University of Edinburgh
The Department congratulates John Jeffers on his promotion to Professor
Congratulations to Prof Gian-Luca Oppo who won the award of 'Most Enthusiastic Teacher 2016' and to Prof Stefan Kuhr on the award of 'Best Teacher in the Faculty of Science' at the Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAS).
In the Department of Physics, three co-researchers are to share in the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the detection of gravitational waves: Nicholas Lockerbie (Head of Gravitational Physics), Kirill Tokmakov and Sharat Jawahar.
A recent collaboration between Strathclyde and the University of Auckland in New Zealand has investigated the controlled collisions of two dissipative solitons in an optical fibre ring and found that they either merge or annihilate each other.
Quantum features have puzzled physicists since the birth of quantum mechanics, but such features are presently being tamed in the development of quantum information processing and of the next wave of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography and quantum computers.
A recent paper from the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group reveals the role of mineral particles in determining seasonal variations in key optical properties of UK coastal waters.
Luca Tagliacozzo, together with researchers from Innsbruck and Munich, has developed a new protocol to detect entanglement of many-particle quantum states using a simple approach.
Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction
LIGO opens new window on the Universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes. Strathclyde researchers contribute to international discovery proving Einstein was right.
In a recent Physical Review Letters researchers Christopher J. Gibson, Alison M. Yao and Gian-Luca Oppo of the CNQO group in the Department of Physics have shown that rogue waves can originate in the transverse area of externally driven lasers and quantum optical devices.
Feiyu Li and Zheng-Ming Sheng together with collaborators from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have reported a scheme of achieving a palmtop SR source by the use of laser-plasma acceleration in a plasma channel.
Optical tornados could boost communication
Researchers have found a novel way of creating intense optical tornados – a discovery that could revolutionise the understanding of how matter behaves under extreme conditions.
In a recent publication in Nature Physics, a team of researchers led by Prof. Paul McKenna have discovered that diffraction of ultra-intense laser light passing through a normally opaque plasma can be used to control charged particle motion
In a recent paper it is found that Stochastic acceleration and shock acceleration can occur naturally in sequential two stages when a lepton flow propagates in a background interstellar plasma.
Photophysics Visiting Professor John Pickup receives a Honorary DSc from our Principal Jim MacDonald at the November Graduation Ceremony.
An optical experiment realizes one of the room-changing operations in the Hilbert Hotel—a fictitious establishment that illustrates some perplexing properties of infinity.
19th October 2015
The electron bunches were produced by focusing a high-power laser pulse into a supersonic helium gas jet. These ‘bullets’ of charged particles have a length that is one 300th of the breadth of a hair and travel at a speed close to that of light. They are also 10 times shorter than those produced from conventional accelerators.
12th October 2015
Jonathan Pritchard has become one of just 10 academics in the UK to secure a prestigious fellowship worth almost £1 million for the development of hybrid quantum technologies.
29th September 2015
The EU Funded 4-year project ADAS-EU has helped researchers understand key behaviour of hydrogen in high temperature plasmas found in fusion reactors. The project was co-ordinated by emeritus professor Hugh Summers.
15th September 2015
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are developing groundbreaking plasma based light amplifiers that could replace traditional high power laser amplifiers.
21 August 2015
From quantum to classical
Strathclyde researcher shows that classical observations of quantum systems are a fundamental part of quantum mechanics – no assumptions necessary.
13 August 2015
Researchers at the Department of Physics have achieved imaging of individual fermionic atoms in an optical lattice. Such an optical lattice is made of interfering laser beams, creating an “artificial crystal of light” in which atoms can be held like marbles in the hollows of an egg carton.
13th July 2015
Recently, Zheng-Ming Sheng and co-workers from China, USA, and Japan have demonstrated to produce such a kind of THz sources via a mechanism called linear mode conversion, in which electromagnetic waves are converted from electrostatic waves excited in plasma.
24th June 2015
A team of researchers from the Department's Optics division have recently published a paper on Optomechanical Self-Structuring in a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) in Physical Review Letters.
27th May 2015
Congratulations to both Marco Piani and Bruno Peaudecerf who were awarded prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships.
21st May 2015
John Jeffers and co-workers at Heriot-Watt, Singapore, Southampton and Troyes have performed an experiment that confirms a theoretical prediction made by John Jeffers in the Journal of Modern Optics way back in 2000.
21st May 2015
David Birch was a Keynote Speaker at the Emerging Analytical Professionals conference held in Bristol on May 8th-10th 2015.
21st May 2015
Congratulations to Philip Yip for being awarded a SUPA INSPIRE knowledge exchange fellowship for a secondment to Horiba Jobin Yvon IBH Ltd.
20th May 2015
Dr David MacLellan has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ Culham Thesis Prize for 2015.
4th April 2015
A breakthrough in the control of a type of particle known as the polariton has created a highly specialised form of rotation. Professor Andrew Daley was part of the research team from the Universities of Strathclyde and Pittsburgh, and Princeton University, who conducted a test in which they were able to arrange the particles into a ‘ring geometry’ form in a solid-state environment. The result was a half-vortex in a ‘quantised rotation’ form.
John Jeffers and recent CNQO PhD graduate Electra Eleftheriadou have recently published a paper on the State Comparison Amplifier in Physical Review Letters.
31st March 2015
The Department is pleased to congratulate Professor Dino Jaroszynski on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
6th March 2015
Strathclyde Physics has been recognized for papers published in 2014.
2nd March 2015
In a recent paper in New Journal of Physics, Robert Cameron, Stephen Barnett and Alison Yao demonstrated that readily producible types of light can be employed to exert a force that accelerates chiral molecules in opposite directions.
27th February 2015
In their paper, Necessary and sufficient quantum information characterization of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen steering, published in Physical Review Letters, Dr Marco Piani of the Department of Physics and Prof John Watrous, at University of Waterloo, break new ground in the study of the usefulness of quantum steering.
14th February 2015
John Jeffers has been elected as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.
5th February 2015
A joint contribution between Strathclyde Physics and the Institut Non Linéaire (INLN) in Nice on Optomechanical self-structuring of cold atoms has been highlighted as the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months in Optics & Photonics News, published by the Optical Society of America.
15th January 2015
A University of Strathclyde spin-out company, Cascade Technologies, specialising in gas analysis and which originated in Strathclyde’s Department of Physics, has been acquired by a global engineering and technology firm, Emerson.
23 December 2014
Physicists at Strathclyde have been awarded £400,000 to develop advanced manufacturing techniques for nano-engineered semiconductors, particularly Gallium Nitride. The award is part of a £2.65million Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) five-year grant within the area of Manufacturing Advanced Functional Materials - “Manufacturing nano-GaN”.
19th December 2014
In a paper published in Nature Communications, physicists at the Universities of Sussex and Dr Aidan Arnold of Strathclyde show a way to make a new type of flexibly designed microscopic trap for atoms.
27th November 2014
The transport physics of multi-mega-Ampere currents of laser-accelerated electrons in solids is of fundamental importance to many promising applications of high power lasers.
11th November 2014
Tom Gibson Memorial Award 2014
The 2014 recipient of the Tom Gibson Memorial Award is Prof. Gail McConnell of the Centre for Biophotonics, SIPBS.
9th September 2014
John Jeffers and co-workers at Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities, have implemented a quantum digital signature protocol that does not require the quantum signature to be stored in quantum memory.
23rd July 2014
12th June 2014
Laser beams 60,000 billion times more powerful than a laser pointer have been used to recreate scaled supernova explosions in the laboratory as a way of investigating one of the most energetic events in the Universe.
4th June 2014
Recent work by a Strathclyde physicist Dr Daniel Oi and others has been highlighted on the popular website phys.org. The research, published in the New Journal of Physics, is a proposal to test the effect of acceleration and orbital manoeuvres on the entanglement shared between two Bose-Einstein condensates carried by CubeSats.
2nd June 2014
The University of Strathclyde’s Department of Physics has received an Athena SWAN award made in recognition of its work towards achieving gender equality.
Professor David Birch has been appointed to the Green Honors Visiting Chair in Physics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
The physics behind some of nature’s most spectacular structures have been observed in an atomic gas at very low temperatures - less than a thousandth of a degree away from absolute zero - by a collaboration of researchers from the Optics Division and the Institut Non Linéaire de Nice in Sophia-Antipolis, France.
24th March 2014
First Fraunhofer UK research chair announced
The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the appointment of Professor Alan Kemp as the first Fraunhofer UK/RAEng research chair at the University of Strathclyde. Alan heads the Advanced Laser Group at the Institute of Photonics.
21st February 2014
In the early days of SUPA, Wilfred Galster and I won a SUPA award to build an advanced vacuum system to study monochromatic X-ray production. The principal application of monochromatic X-rays is in the field of medical diagnostics.
22nd January 2014