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SuperWASP camera array used by UK and International researchers to identify numerous planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system.
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The investigation of charge processes in planetary atmospheres may lead to new insights into phenomena such as Lightning and even the origins of life.
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The student experience in St Andrews is highly regarded and the School places a strong emphasis on engagement between teaching and research activity.
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St Andrews is a major center for Condensed Matter research and hosts a Doctoral Training Centre for postgraduate students across Scotland.
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The School's Theoretical Physicists have made major contributions of the science of optical "cloaking" and novel analogues of black hole event horizons.
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Optical phenomena in nano-scale devices are studied by the School's researchers. Such devices are designed and buit using on-site cleanroom facilities.
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From laboratory to commercial development. Ideas developed at St Andrews are helping to drive new products and techniques in healthcare and industry.
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Prof Sven Hoefling named as a Wolfson Research Merit Award winner from the Royal Society
Prof Hoefling receives this important award in recognition of his successful research to increase understanding and exploitation of light-matter interactions.
Information for new and returning students
We look forward to the start of the new academic session. Here is some information that new and returning students may find useful.
Theory of super-absorbing quantum rings published
The ultimate camera pixel may have been brought a step closer through research by Dr Brendon Lovett and collaborators.

The 16" Meade Telescope in the University Observatory

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