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About the School

The School of Physics & Astronomy is recognised as a world-leading research establisment. With a growing academic research base, covering a diverse range of subject areas, the School offers a unique academic environment.

Reflecting the continued sucess of our research groups, physics teaching at St Andrews has been officially graded as "Excellent" with inspectors commenting on our "Outstanding" teaching environment.

Physics & Astronomy News

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QuantumSoc Student Physical Society Makes and Impact
QuantumSoc at the recent UK Conference of Astronomy and Physics Students won the prize for most improved society, and the competition to host the 2014 Conference. Daniel Mayoh was elected Vice President of this national student body.
Congratulations to all our new graduates!
Graduation week allows us all to celebrate the success of our students, both first degrees and PhD degrees.
Final Year Undergrad Project Prize Winners - II
Matus Ryback, Justinas Pupeikis, and Alex Spracklen complete the set of project prizes for 2013.
Astronomy Public Talk Monday 3 June 5.30 pm
STFC Fellow Prof Newsam is touring the UK with his presentation "Exploring the Universe". All are welcome to this talk which is aimed at those from about 14 years old to adults.
Winners of Undergraduate Project Prizes
Final year students undertake a major project. Jennifer Fowlie and Maya Petkova undertook two of the highest-graded projects this year, and received their awards last week.
Optical Device to detect toxic drinks
Prof Dholakia's research team have developed a portable optical system that can analyse the contents of a teardrop of whisky or other spirits.
Pasquale Galianni wins 2013 Cormack Prize
Pasquale has won the Cormack prize for the best journal paper by a research student in astronomy in Scotland's universities. His work looks at tests of cosmological models of dark matter agains modified Newtoninan Dynamics.
Chaos in reflections inside microstructured materials aids storage of light
Dr di Falco and Prof Krauss' research in the School shows that chaos can be a good thing for storing light in microcavities. The work may lead to cheaper and more efficient LEDs and solar cells.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003