Physics Research News

Jeremy the Lefty Snail and Other Asymmetrical Animals

Watch Jeremy the Lefty Snail at, a documentary by Dr Robert Cameron. It's a Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2019 Semi-finalist, and The Monthly Film Festival February Nominee - Documentary of the Month.

December 2018


The Department congratulates Paul Griffin on his promotion to Senior Lecturer, Paul Edwards and Nicolas Laurand on their promotion to Senior Research Fellow, and Benoit Guilhabert to Research Fellow..

December 2018

Four new gravitational wave detections announced

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.

December 2018

Spiral bandwidth of four-wave mixing in Rb vapour

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.

November 2018

Department of Physics Medal Winners

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.

October 2018

Generic Emergence of Objectivity of Observables in Infinite Dimensions

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.

October 2018

Postgraduate Ben Russell wins Franks Doctoral Prize from Institute of Physics

The Franks prize is jointly funded by the Nanoscale Physics and Technology (NPT) group of IOP and the National Physical Laboratory.

August 2018

Imaging technology could bring more targeted Earth observation

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.

July 2018

Company director named Alumna of the Year

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.

June 2018

Filtering the Arctic Ocean

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.

June 2018

MP and Strathclyde graduate honoured for promotion of photonics

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West and alumna of the University of Strathclyde, received the Advocate of Optics recognition from The Optical Society (OSA) in recognition of her "public policy leadership and efforts in support of the advancement of the science of light" at the SU2P annual conference.

May 2018

Going on a Bear Hunt in the Arctic & Fishing for Phytoplankton

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.

May 2018

New Way of Producing Intense Radiation could offer less harmful Alternative to X-rays

A new source of intense terahertz (THz) radiation, which could offer a less harmful alternative to x-rays and has strong potential for use in industry, is being developed by scientists at the University of Strathclyde and Capital Normal University in Beijing.

April 2018

Cascade Laser Plasma Wakefield Acceleration for TeV Collider

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

April 2018

Strathclyde partners in Manufacturing Innovation Project

Prof Martin Dawson of the Institute of Photonics is a partner in a five-year programme, named Hetero-print, which aims to develop new techniques for creating advanced optical and electronic materials and devices by specialised forms of printing on the micro- and nano-scales.

April 2018


The Department congratulates Yu Chen and Aidan Arnold on their promotion to Reader, and Antonio Hurtado on his promotion to Senior Lecturer.

April 2018

Scientists answer question of why Comets emit X-rays

The radiation of X-rays from comets has been a long-standing mystery to science, given that X-rays are normally associated with hot objects like the sun but comets are among the coldest objects in the solar system.

March 2018

Reaching New Heights in Laser-accelerated Ion Energy

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.

February 2018

Experimental Evidence of Radiation Friction slowing down Electrons

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.

February 2018

Searching for light in the Arctic Ocean in winter

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.

February 2018

New to Biomolecular and Chemical Physics (BCP) group: Soft Matter Theory and Simulation

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.

January 2018