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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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Welcome to Dr Brendon Lovett
Dr Lovett was recently appointed as Reader in Theoretical Physics.
"Spin Doctors" create fastest rotating man-made object
The optical trapping group has created the world's fastest spinning object by using laser light to trap and spin microscopic birefringent particles in a vacuum.
The School tops the 2013 NSS table for student satisfaction
We are happy to learn that our School's recent graduates rated their satisfaction here as the highest in UK physics departments.
Welcome to our new Professor of Biophotonics.
The School is delighted to welcome Malte Gather to be our new Professor of Biophotonics. His research ranges from organic light emitting diodes to biosensors based on organic electronics.
Super-resolution microscope for biophotonics
A state-of-the-art microscope for use in biophotonics research has been purchased, part-funded by donations.
Major Funding to Support Materials Research
£3.7 million has been awarded by EPSRC to provide equipment to support advanced materials research in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Chemistry.
Dr Zhao's team reports how Modified Newtonian Gravity may explain galaxy behaviours
Work reported at the National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews may suggest a previous collision of our Milky Way with another galaxy.
Research student J O'Malley James hits the headlines for his work on astrobiology
In 2 billion years’ time, life on Earth may be confined to pockets of liquid water underground due to the aging of our sun. Jack has created a computer model to find extremely long-range temperature forecasts, and what this means for trying to detect signatures of life on other planets.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003