Fiona’s graduation

Computational Physics Group

On 24th of January 2018 Fiona Bissett had her graduation ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral. Fiona is our second graduate in the history of the school, and the first Master by Research. Her Master of Science by Research thesis “Computational study of the self-assembly of hypoxanthine in the gas-phase and on the Au(111) surface” was written under the supervision of Dr Manuela Mura. Fiona’s research was supported by the University of Lincoln’s Back to Science Fellowship.

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History and Physics meet during Christmas

Science views

This Christmas is a rather special one – it is 375 years ago on Christmas Day (old style) Sir Isaac Newton, one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons, was born.

We celebrate this event in Lincoln with a special Christmas Public Lecture: “Space travel: from fantasy to reality and beyond” given by a successful public speakers duoDr Anna Marie Roos and Dr Fabien Paillusson, a historian of science and a theoretical physicist.

We would like to present here opinions of our speakers on ‘Eureka’ Moments in Science and Why scientists like to deliver public lectures (click on the links).


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Summer Students Excited by Quantum Dots

Experimental Nanophysics & Nanotechnology Group

Dr Matt Booth was delighted to supervise two of our undergraduate Physics students over the summer as part of the University of Lincoln ‘UROS’ scheme.

Niall Garry and Robert Sharp were evaluating the effects of compositional perturbations on the optical and electronic properties of colloidal CuInS2 nanocrystals.

We were kindly hosted for two days by Dr Vin Dhanak in the Nanomaterials Characterisation Lab at the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. Both the valence and core electron states of copper poor CuInS2 and Fe-doped CuInS2 were measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

When under UV illumination the copper poor nanocrystals showed up to an order of magnitude increase in photoluminescence emission, while the Fe-doped suspensions showed a systematic red-shift with increased Fe content (see images below).

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Both Niall and Robert are extending the work they undertook during their UROS projects for their third year dissertation projects.

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1st Annual Edmund Weaver Lecture

Astrophysics Group

Today Phil Sutton delivered an illuminating public lecture on the Cassini mission to Saturn. That was the first lecture in a new lecture series of Annual Edmund Weaver Lectures in Astronomy. Before the lecture Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky  introduced new lecture series and explained briefly who was mysterious Edmund Weaver. The talk by Phil attracted lots of questions from the audience and sparkled a lovely discussion with the speaker after the lecture.

Opening words by Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky:

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Celebrating Physics students success in 2017 with Edward Delaval

Maths & Physics News

Students and staff

On 31 of May 2017 our Physics students at the University of Lincoln have been recognised at a prize giving event for their hard work and effort on the course.

Our first two cohorts of Physics students at the University and staff spend a remarkable day at Doddington Hall, once a home of famous natural philosopher Edward Delaval.

Th event was featuring a fantastic talk about the Hall and Edward Delaval by Anthony Jarvis of Doddington Hall, who also presented the awards to the students.

This was our second Edward Delaval event at Doddington Hall, and the winners of the academic year 2016/17 were:

1st year (now 2nd year) Physics students:
  • Thomas Vale was presented with Edward Delaval award as a blue glass trophy, reflecting on Edward Delaval work on colouring glass.
  • Felicity Levett received a Commendation for her Experimental Physics Work
2nd year (now 3rd year) Physics…

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Industrial Laser Applications Symposium

Six of our second year Physics students (now third year students) attended the 5th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2017) in Grantham on 22-23 March 2017. This unique 2-day event was organized by the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU). It attracted international delegates and speakers to share the latest in laser material processing and was packed with presentations and exhibitions. A great opportunity for our students to make new contacts, expand their network and meet potential employers.

L-R: Neil Main (Micrometric Ltd) together with the students: Niall Garry, George Lindow, Thomas Dodd, Robert Sharp, Harry Finch and Sorcha Hulme at ILAS2017.

UROS — A Reflection I Wasn’t Expecting

Tom Vale

The day has been and gone, my UROS project is over, the skills I have learned will be useful both in and out of my academic life but I feel like the most important thing to come out of the project was learning when to ask for help.

At the start of my project, I was a long-term sufferer of anxiety and depression and wasn’t out to a lot of people in my life, but the knowledge that my supervisor gave me (mainly that if you don’t understand something, then no question is too silly, which I read as “always try to tell people what you are thinking so that they can understand where you are”) gave me that push to come out to people and ask for help regarding my mental health.

I thought the things I would take away from UROS were an increased passion for physics, knowledge…

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Undergraduate physics research is on the rise

Today our undergraduate Physics students presented their summer research results at the University’s UROS poster conference (UROS is Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme). Physics team was one of the largest in the university while we are the smallest school so far: 3 posters were on Experimental Physics and 3 – on Computational Physics.

Our Physics superheroes of today are:

  • Aaron Adams
  • Christopher Dickens
  • Hannah Thurlbeck
  • Niall Garry
  • Robert Sharp
  • Tom Vale

Their supervisors were: Drs Matt Watkins, Marco Pinna, Fabien Paillusson, Matt Booth and Professor Waqar Ahmed.

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