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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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Tom Brown and Wilson Sibbett edit special issue of Optics Express
Dr Tom Brown and Prof Wilson Sibbett are the editors and organisers of a special issue of Optics Expres on Ultrafast Lasers
Students Teaching and Communicating Celebrated
Module ID4001 sees senior students placed in local school science lessons. An event was held recently to celbrate this partnership between different educational institutions and the success of our students.
Student Video of Northern Lights, Tromso style
Several members of the student astronomical society Astrosoc travelled to Norway earlier this term to view the Northern Lights. They have created a spectacular video.
Dr Helling's research featured in European Research Council Celebrations
Dr Christiane Helling's research on lightning in gas giant planets and in brown dwarfs has been featured in the ERC 5th anniversary celebrations.
Dr Dominik elected to Global Young Academy
Dr Martin Dominik has been elected to the Global Young Academy, the first academic researcher in Scotland to be so. This recognises his research work on the detection of extrasolar planets.
Aurora photographed in St Andrews
Research student Joe Llama took these photos of the Aurora on Sunday 22 January from outside the University Observatory.
Exoplanet Survey Suggests Distribution
The School's Dr Dominik co-led a collaboration looking at the properties of exoplanets discovered from microlensing. This has been published in Nature and reported on BBC News online.
Transiting Santa Modelled
Our astrophysics research team has developed computer models to see how a star would dim if one of its planets passed between us and it. With compliments of the season, here is the result of what might happen if Santa and his sleigh went between instead ...
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003