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Physics - 05.07.2022
Large Hadron Collider project discovers three new exotic particles
Large Hadron Collider project discovers three new exotic particles
The Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration has announced the discovery of three new exotic particles. Exotic particles, such as these, had only been theorised but not observed until recently. These exotic particles are built out of quarks. "Like proton or neutrons, the particles that make up the nucleus of the atom, these new particles are made up of quarks", explained Chris Parkes, Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at The University of Manchester.

Chemistry - Physics - 16.06.2022
New approach topples major barrier to commercialisation of organic flow batteries
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University have developed a method to dramatically extend the lifetime of organic aqueous flow batteries, improving the commercial viability of a technology that has the potential to safely and cheaply store energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Physics - 08.06.2022
Gravity-defying spike waves rewrite the rule book
Gravity-defying spike waves rewrite the rule book
Researchers studying wave breaking have found that axisymmetric 'spike waves' can far exceed limits that were previously thought to dictate the maximum height of ocean waves. In a new study on ocean wave breaking, researchers have demonstrated that the breaking behaviour of axisymmetric 'spike waves' is quite different to the long-established theories on the breaking of travelling waves.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 30.05.2022
Strange neutron star spinning every 76 seconds discovered in stellar graveyard
Strange neutron star spinning every 76 seconds discovered in stellar graveyard
Credit - Artist impression of the 76s pulsar (in magenta) compared to other more rapidly spinning sources. (c) Danielle Futselaar (artsource.nl) An international team of scientists have discovered a strange radio emitting neutron star, which rotates extremely slowly, completing one rotation every 76 seconds.

Materials Science - Physics - 24.05.2022
Secret to treating 'Achilles' heel' of alternatives to silicon solar panels revealed
Secret to treating ’Achilles’ heel’ of alternatives to silicon solar panels revealed
A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites - cheaper alternative materials for solar cells - are also responsible for structural changes in the material that lead to degradation.

Physics - 11.04.2022
Imaging breakthrough could aid development of quantum microscopes
A breakthrough in quantum imaging could lead to the development of advanced forms of microscopy for use in medical research and diagnostics. A team of physicists from the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University have found a new way to create detailed microscopic images under conditions which would cause conventional optical microscopes to fail.

Physics - Chemistry - 08.04.2022
NGI shows rare physics with electrically tunable graphene device
NGI shows rare physics with electrically tunable graphene device
A research team led by The University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute (NGI) has developed a tunable graphene-based platform that allows for fine control over the interaction between light and matter in the terahertz (THz) spectrum, revealing rare phenomena known as exceptional points. The work - co-authored by researchers from Penn State College of Engineering in the US - is published today (8 April) in Science .

Physics - 08.04.2022
Particle mass measurement not in line with Standard Model
Particle mass measurement not in line with Standard Model
An international team including researchers at UCL have made the most precise measurement of an elementary particle - which does not match predictions under the guiding theory of physics. The Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) collaboration, which involves 400 scientists from around the world, have measured the mass of the W boson, one of nature's force-carrying particles.

Physics - 08.04.2022
Nuclear fusion breakthrough for spinout co-founded by UCL scientist
Nuclear fusion breakthrough for spinout co-founded by UCL scientist
First Light Fusion, which was co-founded by UCL's Head of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Yiannis Ventikos, has declared a world first in nuclear fusion. The Oxford University spinout has managed to accomplish the reaction by using a unique projectile method for the first time. The approach used by First Light Fusion has now been verified by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and involves using a 22-metre gas gun to fire a 100g projectile at 6.5km a second at a fuel pellet containing tritium and deuterium.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 07.04.2022
New observations of the sun could help develop better solar thermometer
New observations of the sun could help develop better solar thermometer
A sophisticated new observation of a cool zone on the surface of the sun could help scientists develop a new kind of solar thermometer. A team of astrophysicists led by researchers from the University of Glasgow are the first to use observations from the ALMA observatory in Chile to estimate the temperature of a solar prominence.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 15.03.2022
Particle physicists at UCL awarded 4.3 million
Particle physicists at UCL awarded 4.3 million
Some of the most fundamental questions about the Universe will be investigated by UCL particle physicists, following a 4.34 million award from the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The funding is part of a 60 investment from STFC awarded to 18 universities, helping to keep the UK at the forefront of particle physics research.

Physics - 03.03.2022
Mini particle accelerator a step closer to being realised
Mini particle accelerator a step closer to being realised
Mini particle accelerators are a step closer to being realised after a new study co-led by UCL researchers showed it would be possible to accelerate millions of bunches of electrons per second using plasma waves. The technique involves a high-energy laser or particle beam being fired into a cylinder of plasma - a soup of ionised atoms - creating waves like those produced by a speedboat in water.

Physics - Materials Science - 01.03.2022
NGI uses twist to engineer 2D semiconductors with built-in memory functions
NGI uses twist to engineer 2D semiconductors with built-in memory functions
A team of researchers at The University of Manchester's National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has demonstrated that slightly twisted 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) display room-temperature ferroelectricity. This characteristic, combined with TMDs- outstanding optical properties, can be used to build multi-functional optoelectronic devices such as transistors and LEDs with built-in memory functions on nanometre length scale.

Physics - Innovation - 23.02.2022
Sensor breakthrough paves way for groundbreaking map of world under Earth surface
An object hidden below ground has been located using quantum technology - a long-awaited milestone with profound implications for industry, human knowledge and national security. University of Birmingham researchers from the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing have reported their achievement in Nature .

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 23.02.2022
Microscopic view on asteroid collisions could help us understand planet formation
Microscopic view on asteroid collisions could help us understand planet formation
A new way of dating collisions between asteroids and planetary bodies throughout our Solar System's history could help scientists reconstruct how and when planets were born. Our work shows that we need to draw on multiple lines of evidence to be more certain about impact histories - almost like investigating an ancient crime scene Craig Walton A team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, combined dating and microscopic analysis of t

Physics - Materials Science - 11.02.2022
Two-dimensional material could store quantum information at room temperature
Two-dimensional material could store quantum information at room temperature
Researchers have identified a two-dimensional material that could be used to store quantum information at room temperature. There are defects in this material that can emit single photons, which means it could be used in quantum systems Hannah Stern Quantum memory is a major building block to be addressed in the building of a quantum internet, where quantum information is securely stored and sent via photons, or particles of light.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 11.02.2022
Planetary bodies observed for first time in habitable zone of dead star
Planetary bodies observed for first time in habitable zone of dead star
A ring of planetary debris studded with moon-sized structures has been observed orbiting close to a white dwarf star, hinting at a nearby planet in the "habitable zone" where water and life could exist, according to a new study led by UCL researchers. White dwarfs are glowing embers of stars that have burned through all their hydrogen fuel.

Materials Science - Physics - 10.02.2022
NGI advances graphene spintronics as 1D contacts improve mobility in nano-scale devices
NGI advances graphene spintronics as 1D contacts improve mobility in nano-scale devices
Researchers at The University of Manchester may have cleared a significant hurdle on the path to quantum computing, demonstrating step-change improvements in the spin transport characteristics of nanoscale graphene-based electronic devices.

Materials Science - Physics - 10.02.2022
Fully woven, smart display
Researchers have developed a 46-inch woven display with smart sensors, energy harvesting and storage integrated directly into the fabric. By integrating fibre-based electronics, photonic, sensing and energy functionalities, we can achieve a whole new class of smart devices and systems Luigi Occhipinti An international team of scientists have produced a fully woven smart textile display that integrates active electronic, sensing, energy and photonic functions.

Environment - Physics - 31.01.2022
Historic buildings could be protected from rising energy bills by solar panels
Historic buildings could be protected from rising energy bills by solar panels
New study by the CDT in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics shows installing solar panels on Bath Abbey could save 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Installing solar panels could help historic buildings beat the rising costs of energy, according to a new study by a team of UK researchers led by the University of Bath.
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