Aerial view of the lake, Central Hall and the Physics & Electronics building.

Dr Roddy Vann and Dr Marjan van der Woude working with a plasma jet. © John Houlihan

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A PhD student working with a plasma beam for the deposition of magnetic thin films.

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Awarding Teaching Excellence

Posted on Friday 17 June 2016

A student and an academic have been acknowledged for their excellent teaching.

Binding Blocks - LEGO Nuclear Chart Training
Binding Blocks - LEGO Nuclear Chart Training

Posted on Monday 13 June 2016

On Tuesday 31 May, the Department of Physics ran a training event for future presenters of Binding Blocks, a LEGO Nuclear Chart installation.

Capillary discharge laser under construction
Micro-ablation with extreme ultra-violet laser light

Posted on Monday 13 June 2016

Research on laser ablation at York undertaken by Professor Greg Tallents, Professor Nigel Woolsey and Dr Erik Wagenaars has been supported by an EPSRC network on Laser Based Production.

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The Big Bang Fair

The Binding Blocks project will be making it's first appearance to the general public. The entire nuclear chart will be created out of over 28,000 pieces of lego by members of the public passing by.


Public Open Day at Daresbury Laboratory

The Binding Blocks project will be on display at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory. The team will be there to answer any questions you have regarding nuclear physics using the chart as a visual aid.


Physics Review: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Physics Review magazine has been supporting and enriching post-16 physics for 25 years. Edited at the University of York and published by Philip Allan Updates/Hodder, articles in the magazine explore physics in situations ranging from everyday applications to frontier research and regular features provide guidance on maths, practical skills and tackling exam questions. Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with an exciting FREE programme of activities for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers.

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