Students visit RAF Coningsby with BAE Systems

The University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service and 9 students from the Schools of Maths & Physics, Engineering and Computer Science recently visited RAF Coningsby to spend a day with BAE Systems.

The visit provided an overview of the Military Air & Information sector of the business which operates the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) contract, supporting the RAF Typhoon fleet. Students were able to experience  BAE Systems training systems which are delivered to RAF staff using advanced simulators in a state of the art facility.

Students were also granted access to the Typhoon Maintenance Facility and witnessed a variety of aircraft in different states of repair.

Overall, the trip provided students a first hand opportunity to see their studies and skills learnt at the University of Lincoln could be translated into real industry problems within BAE Systems and the RAF.

Student feedback was that they enjoyed experiencing some of the world’s most advanced technology within the defence sector and they found it was both awe inspiring and provided some excellent ideas for their future projects.

University of Lincoln students, including Sorcha Hulme from Physics, were shown around at the site

Find out about the work BAE Systems provides at RAF Coningsby, learn about the Typhoon jet and further BAE Systems opportunities worldwide.

by Hannah McGowan


Dr Vladimir Elkin

Vladimir joined University of Lincoln as a Senior Physics Technician in March 2017.

He graduated in Astronomy from Kharkov State University, one of the leading research universities in Ukraine, in 1983.

In 1999 he was awarded a PhD in Astrophysics from the Special Astrophysical Observatory of Russian Academy of Sciences, where he worked as a  research fellow in 1984-2002.

In 2002-2014 Vladimir worked as a research fellow at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

Vladimir is an expert in stellar astrophysics.

He also has an extensive experience in working with undergraduate and PhD students in various laboratories as well as supervising projects.

Lincoln Isaac Newton Lecture

Maths & Physics News

Apples on the original Newton’s apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire

The Newtonian Moment

a duo public lecture by

Dr Fabien Paillusson

School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln


Dr Anna Marie Roos

School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln

Wednesday 31 May 2017

6 pm – 7 pm

Lecture Theatre in the new Isaac Newton building, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

Eventbrite - Lincoln Isaac Newton Lecture

In this public lecture, the humanities and the sciences meet.  A historian of science and a physicist will shed some light on the discovery of Newton’s laws, some of the most famous and important in physics.  These laws not only ushered in modern physics and technology, but also have changed the way we think about human society and the Universe.

The lecture will be given in the new Isaac Newton building at the University of Lincoln.

Anna Marie Roos is a Reader in the…

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Prize for the winner of the 2016/17 Physics Challenge

The School of Mathematics and Physics are delighted to present Mason Parker with a £100 Amazon voucher as his prize for winning the School’s annual Physics Challenge. A deserving winner, Mason calculated how long it would take the Brayford Pool to freeze over, derived the equations of motion of a chaotic pendulum, discussed the physics of stained glass windows and performed an experiment to investigate an ancient time-keeping method!


Head of School Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky presents Mason with his certificate.

The chairman of the competition committee Dr Matthew Booth was very impressed with Mason’s entry, commenting that the submission would receive a first class award if it were a first year undergraduate assignment.

Mason is an A level student from New College in Pontefract, Yorkshire. He studies maths, further maths and chemistry alongside physics. The award ceremony was performed before the School’s first annual Robert Grosseteste Lecture in Cosmology, given by Prof. Peter Coles from Cardiff University on the 27th February 2017.

Lecture on Physics for the 21st Century

IOP Lincoln Centre

On Wednesday 8th February 2017, Professor Werner Hofer presented a fascinating and provoking lecture on quantum physics. His talk resulted in many questions from the audience and created a boiling discussion atmosphere, which was a sign of development of the quantum physics in the beginning of 20th century. Only this time Professor Hofer was offering the audience his approach to a physics for 21st century. If you missed the talk, you can still read the talk’s slides in this link.

After the talk: the speaker, Professor Werner Hofer (left) with the host, Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky (right). After the talk: the speaker, Professor Werner Hofer (left) with the host, Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky (right).

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Students visit Diamond Light Source

On Thursday 19th January 2017 our first year students visited Diamond Light Source. Diamond, in Didcot, Oxfordshire, is the UK’s national synchrotron facility. Since it was completed in 2007 the facility has contributed to over 5,000 scientific publications in fields ranging from physics to archaeology and biology. In recent years the facility has been extended in its capacity from 22 to 32 beamlines in an attempt to meet the rapidly increasing demand for high energy X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy techniques in academia and industry.


After being given a lecture by David Price about the history of the facility as well as its current operation and applications, our students were given a tour. This was a great chance to get an up-close look at the various stages of the synchrotron generation process: the storage ring, the magnets used to focus and steer the electron beam, and the ‘wigglers’ that cause the accelerating electrons to emit synchrotron radiation.


This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to visit a national facility and to learn about the huge range of applications that such techniques, originally developed for physics, now have throughout science and industry.

Review of the book “Entropy and the Second Law” by Arieh Ben-Naim

The Oblivious Physicist


I am fond of any piece of writing involving discussions on thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and entropy. I have only recently discovered the work of Arieh Ben-Naim and decided to start delving into his approach on these subjects with one of his latest books “Entropy and the Second Law, interpretation and misss-interpretationsss” published in 2012 by World Scientific.

To summarise my experience: I had really joyful moments while reading some ways of presenting the material that I had never seen anywhere else but which were unfortunately mixed-up with more confusing (for me at least) passages where I would either not understand the “pedagogy” or simply disagree with the point of view emphasised by the author.

There are 5 chapters in the book and I shall comment on them separately as their aims and content are somewhat different.

Chapter 1

This chapter introduces the concept of entropy, first macroscopically via Clausius’ formulation…

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