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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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Polymer Lasers Developed for Land-Mine Detection
The Royal Society of Chemistry magazine has featured research in the School on developing polymer lasers to be used in land mine detection.
Danielle Harper is new School President
Students in the School have elected Danielle Harper as the School Student President 2012-13.
Welcome to new academic staff member Dr Peter Wahl
We welcome Peter Wahl to the academic staff. Dr Wahl's research concentrates on characterizing correlated electron systems at the atomic scale through the use of low temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy.
Exoplanet Research in Popular Film
A project involving St Andrews and Edinburgh University astronomers, the Edinburgh College of Art, and the Royal Observatory Edinburgh has produced two short films on exoplanets and life.
£5.6 Million Award for Research into "Structured Light"
EPSRC has awarded Professors Kishan Dholakia, Ifor Samuel and Thomas Krauss a major grant for "Challenging the Limits of Photonics: Structured Light". This has particular relevance to applications in medicine and biology.
Joe Llama wins best poster paper prize at National Astronomy Meeting
Joe's poster, entitled "Things that go bump in the transit, using Kepler transit observations to measure stellar spot belt migration" was one of around 300 at the National Astronomy Meeting, and was awarded a best-poster prize.
Prof Leonhardt's Invsibility Science on show at Edinburgh Science Festival "Best of Scottish Science"
The science of the invisibility cloak will be explored in a set of exhibits hosted by Prof Leonhardt and team at "Our Dynamic Earth" 1-4 April as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Prof Bonnell wins £2M Euro for research into life cycles of stars in the galaxy
Prof Ian Bonnell of this School has been awarded 2.2 million Euro by the European Research Council. He will be constructing the first self-consistent models of how material is processed within galaxies, ie to see how galaxies form stars and how young stars eject energy and chemically enriched material back into the interstellar medium of the galaxy, which may then form new stars...
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003