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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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Perfect Imaging Made Practical
Prof Ulf Leonhardt of our School has shown that a "Maxwell's fish eye" lens does not have to suffer the resolution limits of conventional lenses, paving the way for "perfect" imaging. This work is published in the New Journal of Physics, and featured on
New Light on Dark Matter
Dr HongSheng Zhao and collaborators have just published in "Nature" their ideas of "modified gravity" and how it might explain the motion of galaxies, possibly without dark matter.
New Main Concourse and Teaching Rooms Open
On 28 September the main concourse (student common room), group study area, room 301, and theatre C re-open ready for the start of teaching.
Information for Entrant & Returning Students
We look forward to greeting entrant and returning students in St Andrews from 21 September. Please view news items on the School's website for information about the new semester.
Photonic Crystal Research Featured in IoP/EPRSC Visions Brochure
Prof Thomas Krauss' work on slow light in microstructured materials has been featured in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council "Visions" brochure highlighting the importance of photonics and some of the excellent research being done in the UK.
Experiment yields evidence of Dirac Strings and monopolar magnetic excitations
A team of Scientists form Berlin and St Andrews has experimentally confirmed for the first time the existence of Dirac Strings and monopolar magnetic excitations in a material.
Planet found near end of its life
The 'most unlikely' discovery of a new planet which could spiral into its star within the next 500,000 years, has been made by a team of astronomers including members of the School.
Major Renovations to Teaching Spaces Making Good Progress
The major building programme to renovate some of our teaching spaces is making good progress. The School is delighted at the upgrade and modernisation of these teaching facilities, which follow on from a number of previous years of modernisation of both research and teaching spaces in our building.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003