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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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Ulf Leonhardt's Textbook Published
Prof Leonhardt's advanced text on Quantum Optics has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.
First imaging of an extra-solar eclipse
The first images of an eclipse outside our solar system have been taken by a team of scientists including St Andrews astronomers Ettore Pedretti and Nathalie Thureau.
Conference for Third Year Students
As part of PH3014 "Transferable Skills for Physicists" most of our level three physics/astrophysics students travelled to an Angus Glen for a weekend conference.
National Science & Engineering Week Public Event - Explore Science
Come along to explore a wide range of science at this free public event on Saturday 13 March. All welcome.
New Skin Cancer Treatment Device Launched
A wearable light source capable of treating common skin cancers has been launched. This device was developed by Professor Ifor Samuel of our School and Professor James Ferguson at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Quantum Optics Conference to come to St Andrews this Summer
The 17th Central-European Workshop on Quantum Optics CEWQO is being held this year in St. Andrews on 6th-11th June. The meeting is being organised by Natalia Korolkova and Ulf Leonhardt.
Scientific Meeting on Extra-terrestrial Life
Dr Martin Dominik proposed and organised a scientific discussion meeting at the Royal Society on "The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society". This was widely reported in the media.
Earlier detection of cancer using Raman spectroscopy
Collaborative research involving our School and the Bute Medical School has developed a powerful technique that could allow earlier cancer detection. This relies on 'Raman spectroscopy', and is another example of optical physicists working with medical scientists to develop new techniques.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003