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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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Electron quasi-particles imaged
A research collaboation between teams from the University of St Andrews and Cornell University (USA) has managed to 'photograph' the traces left by orbiting electrons in a special oxide material. Their observations could form the basis for the future of electronic technology.
New library opens in our building.
The library within the School building was re-opened on 12 November 2009. This is the final piece to be finished in the summer's major renewal of teaching spaces in the building. As with other parts of the work, the space was stripped back to the concrete and rebuilt to high specification. The design team included staff from both the University Library and the School. The team was pleased to take on board comments from our students.
Nobel Lecture, Formal Opening of New Learning Spaces
Nobel Prize Winner Prof Sir Anthony J Leggett will give a presentation in the School on "Why can't time run backwards?$ at 4 pm on 27 November in Lecture Theatre A in the School. All students and staff are welcome. This will be followed by the Principal officially opening the new learning spaces and the official naming of the J F Allen building.
Official Opening of Condensed Matter Doctoral Training Centre
Friday 9 October 2009 sees the official opening of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics. This is a tri-institutional collaboration amongst the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.
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.
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Other sites of interest:

  The University's News Pages

  Physics News from Physics Today

09 July 2003