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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.

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Major ERC Grant to study dusty Astrophysical plasmas
Dr Christiane Helling has been awarded a European Research Council independent researcher grant of 1.5 million Euros. This project will investigate the hypothesis that dust clouds are a major source of charge separation and discharge processes in very low mass, extrasolar objects such as M-dwarfs, Brown-Dwarfs, and planets.
EPSRC Fellowships for Drs Green and Di Falco
Dr Andrew Green has been awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship and Dr Andrea Di Falco and EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship.
Plastic Laser Senses Explosives
Research by Ying Yang, Graham Turnbull, and Ifor Samuel has produced a "plastic" laser that can sense TNT-like molecules at a concentration as low as 10 parts per billion.
Astronomy PhD students win prizes at National Meeting
Lee Kelvin and Xufen Wu won prizes for posters describing their research work at the National Astronomy meeting in Glasgow.
Removing aberrations caused by scattering media
Prof Dholakia's research team has developed a new imaging technique to cancel out aberrations caused by scattering or turbulent materials.
Prof Davis elected to National Academy of Sciences
Prof Davis is based primarily at Cornell University, but also holds a research professor position at St Andrews. He has recently been given the accolade of election to the National Academy of Sciences in the USA.
Exoplanet Research Team Wins Major Award
The SuperWASP planet hunting team is today being presented with the Royal Astronomical Society's Group Achievement Award
Extra-solar planets found going "the wrong way"
Andrew Cameron reports at the National Astronomy meeting the discovery of nine more extrasolar planets, and the unexpected observation of extrasolar planets rotating in a different direction to the star.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003