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Physics Awards Day 2020

Wednesday 17 June 2020

The achievements of the department throughout the year are recognised in the physics awards.


£2.8m awarded to improve random number generator security

Tuesday 16 June 2020

The University of York and its partners are using quantum physics to improve the security of systems used to generate random numbers.


New sensor technology could speed up blood tests for COVID patients

Monday 15 June 2020

Researchers are using laser-light technology to develop handheld biosensors with the potential to deliver fast, real-time blood test results for patients including those suffering from COVID-19 with secondary infections such as pneumonia.


An inclusive community

Wednesday 3 June 2020

A message from our Vice-Chancellor to staff and students


12C + 12C fusion in massive stars could be slower than expected

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Research from the STELLA experiment team published in Physical Review Letters.


Research Theme Champion for Technologies for the Future

Wednesday 20 May 2020

We are delighted that Professor Dan Watts has been appointed as the new Research Theme Champion for Technologies for the Future.


PhD Opportunities in the Department of Physics

Monday 4 May 2020

There are a number of exciting PhD opportunities currently available.


Can N=Z nuclei tell us about new forms of pairing?

Wednesday 22 April 2020

New research led by the University of York may shed light on how neutrons and protons pair together in nature.


PhD Opportunities in the Department of Physics

Tuesday 7 April 2020

There are a number of exciting PhD opportunities currently available.


Researchers discover signatures of d* hexaquark matter

Friday 3 April 2020

New research led by the University of York at the Crystal Ball at MAMI facility has revealed strong signatures for the existence of a new form of matter - the d* hexaquark.


York academics at Mine Analogue Research (MINAR) event

Thursday 2 April 2020

The event was run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Boulby Underground lab and the University of Edinburgh’s Professor Charles Cockell.


Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK (CUWiP) a success at York

Monday 30 March 2020

The Department of Physics is proud to have hosted the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK (CUWiP) between 12 and 15 March 2020.


University donates medical equipment and food to support NHS

Tuesday 24 March 2020

The University of York has donated medical supplies and food to the NHS as part of the national effort to contain coronavirus.


Researchers ‘tune in’ to atoms to detect impurities

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Scientists and engineers working at the frontier of nanotechnology face huge challenges. When the position of a single atom in a material may change the fundamental properties of that material, scientists need something in their toolbox to measure how that atom will behave.


Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK at University of York

Wednesday 11 March 2020

The Department of Physics is proud to be hosting the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK (CUWiP) between 12th and 15th March 2020.


Scientists shed light on mystery of dark matter

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Scientists have identified a sub-atomic particle that could have formed the “dark matter” in the Universe during the Big Bang.


KITE code could power new quantum developments

Friday 28 February 2020

A research collaboration led by the University of York’s Department of Physics has created open-source software to assist in the creation of quantum materials which could in turn vastly increase the world’s computing power.


South African students visit Nuclear Physics Group in York

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Under the recent GCRF grant of Prof David Jenkins, York nuclear physics group hosted another visit by the academic and students from the University of Zululand, South Africa.


N8 Partnership brings a NICE facility

Monday 17 February 2020

The University of York once again has access to high-performance computing facilities following a multi-million pound award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


A New Dark Matter Candidate

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Dr. Mikhail Bashkanov from the University of York will be announcing: A new dark matter candidate based on an observed sub-atomic particle at the Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU.


PhD Opportunities in the Department of Physics

Sunday 26 January 2020

There are a number of exciting PhD opportunities currently available


York Talks 2020

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Department of Physics academic presents at York Talks 2020


New funding to explore relationships between faith and science.

Friday 17 January 2020

The University of York will co-lead a £3.4m project to transform the relationship between science and faith.


Remembering Michael Woolfson (1927 to 2019)

Wednesday 15 January 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Michael Woolfson.


Ian Helliwell receives Institute of Physics award

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Ian, a member of the Department of Physics' Teaching Laboratories staff, has recently collected a technician's award for his service to students.


York to host Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK 2020

Thursday 21 November 2019

The Department of Physics at the University of York is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK 2020.


Institute of Physics awards Ian Helliwell for his services to students

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Ian, a member of the Department of Physics' Teaching Laboratories staff, has received a technician's award for his dedication and contributions to practical physics training of undergraduate and secondary school students.


BPSI Autumn Symposium: Modelling the ecology of complex communities

Thursday 17 October 2019

On 26th September 2019 more than 70 interdisciplinary scientists attended the half-day BPSI Symposium, “Modelling the ecology of complex communities”.


York academics attend conference in South Africa

Monday 14 October 2019

The Tastes of Nuclear Physics conference is aimed at inspiring students at the University of Zululand by learning from world-class lecturers


Physics winner at Falling Walls Lab London

Friday 4 October 2019

Congratulations to Giampaolo Pitruzzello on his success.


Academic Promotion Success 2019

Tuesday 1 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that several of our physics staff have received promotions.


York academic gives keynote address at International Nuclear Conference

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Prof David Jenkins gave the opening keynote address at the International Conference on Nuclear Structure Properties at Bitlis Eren University in Turkey.


The award of an Alzheimer's Research UK Fellowship

Monday 9 September 2019

Dr Steven Quinn has been awarded the research fellowship.


Celebration held for 2019 graduates

Friday 19 July 2019

A reception was hosted by the Department of Physics on Wednesday 17 July.


York to spearhead next phase of UK development of quantum-secure communications

Thursday 11 July 2019

The University of York has been awarded more than £23m to spearhead the second phase of the UK’s strategic investment in researching and developing secure quantum communications.


National Student Survey 2019

Friday 5 July 2019

We’re delighted to have some of the happiest physics students in the UK.


BPSI Spring Symposium: Light and Life – A molecular perspective

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Attendees from across Chemistry, Physics and Biology departments convene for talks presenting research in which light is used to measure, manipulate or interact with biological systems.


Technician Story: Olga Rowe

Friday 14 June 2019

Olga Rowe is a Senior Teaching Laboratory Technician in the Department of Physics


Helping our graduates find careers in the region

Wednesday 22 May 2019

The Department of Physics is playing a key role in ensuring its graduates can make the most of career opportunities that exist close to home.


Physics Awards Day 2019

Thursday 2 May 2019

The achievements of the department throughout the year were celebrated at the department's awards ceremony.


Expert Reaction: Parker Solar Probe orbit of the sun

Friday 5 April 2019

An expert in astrophysics at the University of York comments on the NASA mission to study the Sun using the Parker Solar Probe. The mission aims to make a close flyby of the Sun, attempting to go faster and closer than before.


UK’S first ultra-secure quantum network link between research and industry launched

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Researchers at the University of York have teamed up with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and BT to build a new high-speed link which will enable the development and testing of new quantum technologies.


Expert Reaction: Full moon in March Equinox

Thursday 21 March 2019

Director of the University of York's Astrocampus comments on the full moon as it coincides with the March Equinox.


Bacteria ‘trap’ could help slow down antibiotic resistance

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Scientists have developed a new and faster test for identifying how single bacteria react to antibiotics, which could help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.


Enlarging habitable zones around binary stars in hostile environments

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Habitable zones are regions around stars where large bodies of liquid water can be sustained on a planet or satellite.


5th Physics Industry Recruitment and Placement Fair

Thursday 28 February 2019

The event was held at the University of York in October 2018


Academics from Department of Physics appointed Research Leaders

Thursday 7 February 2019

The University has appointed Professor Daniel Watts and Professor Tom McLeish as two of our eight research leaders.


PoLNET2 2018 Symposium: Molecules, Mechanics, Medicine and More!

Thursday 7 February 2019

An exciting symposium of cutting-edge interdisciplinary science at the interface between the life and physical sciences.



Expert Reaction: January's total lunar eclipse

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Host of the astronomy podcast Syzygy comments on what to expect from January's total lunar eclipse.


Event held to celebrate the life of Prof Jim Matthew

Wednesday 9 January 2019

The event was held at the University of York on Saturday 10 November 2018


New light-based technology reveals how cells communicate in human disease

Friday 14 December 2018

Scientists at the University have developed a new technique that uses light to understand how cells communicate in human disease.


DNA with a twist

Friday 23 November 2018

Scientists reveal how a ‘molecular machine’ in bacterial cells prevents fatal DNA twisting, which could be crucial in the development of new antibiotic treatments.


Physics of Life 2018: Molecules, Mechanics, Medicine and More!

Monday 5 November 2018

An exciting symposium of cutting-edge interdisciplinary science at the interface between the life and physical sciences, in association with the Physics of Life Network UK and the Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) University of York.


Jaguar Land Rover - Graduate Software Engineer

Monday 22 October 2018

Listen to Micheal talk about his graduate job as a Software Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover.


Tastes of Nuclear Physics 2018 and MANDELA

Friday 19 October 2018

York physics academic attends workshop at the University of Western Cape


Nuclear physics researchers lead on ground breaking research

Monday 15 October 2018

The work has been featured as a special article in the European Physical Journal A


Research Mini-Symposium and Official Launch: New Interdisciplinary Facilities for Scanning Probe Imaging and Micro-Fabrication in the York Nanocentre

Friday 12 October 2018

Hosted by Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) / Technologies for the Future / Bruker / KLOÉ


Mercurial nuclei get back in shape

Tuesday 2 October 2018

An international team including four York physicists have published a new research paper in Nature Physics.


BPSI Summer Symposium Report 2018

Monday 1 October 2018

The BPSI Summer Symposium 2018: Business as Usual? – Collaborative Research at the University-Business Interface


York researcher awarded prestigious Fellowship

Friday 21 September 2018

Eight outstanding engineers have been awarded prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships to advance their research careers


Nuclear physics students from University of Zululand visit York

Friday 21 September 2018

A collaboration funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund network between York and South African universities sees South African students visit York


York physicists uncover key property of elusive quantum state in two-dimensional magnets

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Dr Ferreira's group discovered a mechanism by which the quantum nature of electrons manifests itself in atomically-thin artificial magnets, an important theoretical step that brings two-dimensional materials closer to applications in energy-efficient spin devices and quantum computing.


Undergraduate student project is published

Monday 17 September 2018

Undergraduate student Tim Page completed his final year MPhys project in 2018 and the results have been accepted for publication in the journal of quantitative spectroscopy and radiative transfer.


Remembering Jim Matthew

Thursday 2 August 2018

Prof Jim Matthew BSc, PhD, DSc FInstP (1938 - 2018)


Major grant award to support fusion energy research

Tuesday 31 July 2018

A consortium of four universities has secured major funding for a 5-year programme


York academic made Leadership Fellow in Public Engagement

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Dr Christian Diget has been awarded a Leadership Fellowship in Public Engagement.


Celebration held for 2018 graduates

Monday 30 July 2018

A reception was hosted by the Department of Physics on Thursday 26th July 2018.


Dr Emily Brunsden gives expert opinion on what to expect from a blood moon

Friday 27 July 2018

A lunar eclipse is where the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. That means the Moon, the Earth and the Sun are aligned.


Academic Promotion Success

Wednesday 11 July 2018

We are delighted to announce that several of our physics staff have received promotions.


YPI Academic to receive the William Crookes Prize

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Dr Deborah O'Connell will be awarded the William Crookes Prize during the ESCAMPIG 2018 in Glasgow.


Success for York Physics students in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Monday 18 June 2018

The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) work on behalf of the York Graduate Research School to organise this annual event as a showcase of PhD talent.


UK’s first quantum network launched

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Researchers at the University of York have teamed up with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd to launch the UK’s first quantum network.


York Pride 2018

Monday 11 June 2018

The department enjoyed a great day out at York Pride 2018


Physics climbs to 2nd place for career prospects in 2019 Guardian league table

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The Department has moved up to 2nd for 'Career after six months' in 2019 Guardian University Guide.


York Research in Focus - “The microscopic world in 3D”

Friday 18 May 2018

Successful biophysics research public outreach event held at York


Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards 2018

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Congratulations to Thomas Shutt who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award.


University of York academic honoured at the 8th Asian Awards

Monday 14 May 2018

The Asian Awards celebrate the highest achievement from across the international Asian community.


York academic works with Oxfam in Vanuatu

Monday 14 May 2018

In late April, Prof Thomas Krauss spent 10 days working with Oxfam in Vanuatu in the South Pacific.


Physics Awards Day 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

The achievements of the department throughout the year were celebrated at the department's awards ceremony.


Department hosts students from South African university

Thursday 3 May 2018

Three students were hosted by the Nuclear Physics group in York


2018 Spring Symposium Meeting Report

Wednesday 18 April 2018

The BPSI Spring Symposium 2018: 'Digital Health' was held on the 20th March 2018.


Professor Tom McLeish receives Lanfranc Award

Tuesday 10 April 2018

The 2018 Archbishop of Canterbury's Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship has been awarded to Professor McLeish.


Design and construction of bespoke 3D radioisotope scanning platform completed

Friday 6 April 2018

The Physics Mechanical and Electronics workshops have recently completed the design and construction of a bespoke 3D radioisotope scanning platform for the Nuclear Physics Group.


WRIPA Spring Term Review

Tuesday 3 April 2018

The spring term has been a busy one for the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy and its partners.


Enterprise Fellowships awarded

Monday 19 March 2018

Professor David Jenkins is one of the first to receive fellowship.


Spark! Nuclear energy essay competition

Thursday 8 March 2018

“The Energy Transition”. What is the role of nuclear technology in a world of growing alternative power and digital innovation?


First publication for physics PhD student based at TRIUMF

Thursday 1 March 2018

Eleanor Dunling is a PhD student based at TRIUMF, one of the world's leading subatomic physics laboratories based in Vancouver.


Two new informative videos created using Binding Blocks to explain research

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nuclear physicist Ulrika Forsberg uses the Binding Blocks chart to explain nuclear decays and discoveries of new superheavy elements.


CMP members attend Photonics West conference in San Francisco

Friday 16 February 2018

Photonics West is the worlds largest photonics conference.


2017 Spring Symposium Meeting Report

Thursday 1 February 2018

The BPSI Spring Symposium 2017: 'The Biophysics of Infection and Immunology' was held on the 20 March 2017.


2017 Winter Symposium Meeting Report

Thursday 1 February 2018

The BPSI Winter Symposium 2016: 'The Biophysics of Cell Swimming and Motility' was held on the 20th December 2017.


Two Physics at York academics to receive top awards

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The awards from the Magnetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will be presented in April 2018.


Department of Physics students graduate at ceremony in York

Monday 22 January 2018

‌The Department of Physics students graduated in a ceremony held at the University of York on Saturday 20 January.


Guiding of relativistic electron beams

Wednesday 17 January 2018

A recent paper in Nature Communications shows how the transport of a laser-driven relativistic electron beam in dense matter is improved when imposing a strong magnetic field.


Physics at York academic has book published by Cambridge University Press

Thursday 11 January 2018

The book by Prof Greg Tallents is titled ‘An introduction to the Atomic and Radiation Physics of Plasmas’.


How to write a good CV for industry

Tuesday 9 January 2018

If you want a job in hi-tech industry, it pays to tailor your CV so that it makes the most of your business-relevant skills and expertise, says Andrew Hirst.


Department of Physics academic recognised in New Year Honours

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Professor Pratibha Gai has been appointed a Dame (DBE) in the New Year Honours for services to chemical sciences and technology.


University appoints Professor Tom McLeish to a Chair in Natural Philosophy

Thursday 16 November 2017

The Department of Physics welcomes Prof Tom McLeish after his appointment to a Chair in Natural Philosophy.


Two-dimensional materials unlock the path to ultra-low-power transistors

Tuesday 7 November 2017

An international team of scientists has discovered a new route to ultra-low-power transistors using a graphene-based composite material.


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