On 30 March 2022 Lincoln School of Maths & Physics and the University of Lincoln Maths and Physics Society hosted the Physics Movie Night, the first such event after the pandemic. It took place for most of its time in the Stephen Langton Building Lecture Theatre and finished for the last 10 minutes in our own INB3305 room in the Isaac Newton Building. The movie screened was Interstellar, which was the subject of discussion in our 3rd year Physics module “Physics of the Universe”. The night started at 6:30pm with a discussion and pizzas.
On 20th September 2021 the University of Lincoln hosted the School Physicist of the Year event, which was sponsored by the Ogden Trust. The event was organized by Dave Spafford, a Senior Lecturer from the Science Foundation Year at the University of Lincoln. A lively programme with drinks, chats, certificates and photos included a public talk “Science: the art of making a stance about undecidable questions” by Dr Matthew Booth, a Senior Lecturer from the School of Mathematics and Physics. The event took place in our fantastic Isaac Newton lecture theatre, where 31 students of Year 10 and 12 from 16 Lincolnshire schools celebrated their achievements in Physics together with their families, teachers, university academics and the Ogden Trust representative.
As part of British Science Week the School of Mathematics and Physics ran a series of public lectures relating to the research done within the school. Phil Sutton gave a talk that introduces how we discover planets orbiting other stars, known as exoplanets. The finished by taking a brief look at some of the more unusual planets and systems found to date.
In 1926 in the opening paragraph of his now-classic book, The Internal Constitution of the Stars, Sir Arthur Eddington lamented, “What appliance can pierce through the outer layers of a star and test the conditions within?” While he considered theory to be the proper answer to that question, there is now an observational answer: asteroseismology. We are in a time of a significant advance in our understanding of stellar astrophysics with data from the Kepler and TESS Space Missions. These have improved our ability to see pulsations and variability in stars by 100 to 1000 times compared with ground-based telescopes, allowing us to probe stars using asteroseismology. We are seeing as never before: heartbeat stars, the new tidally enhanced pulsators, novel eclipsing stars, spots, flares and magnetic cycles as in…
On 10 June 2019 The University of Lincoln opened an exhibition of research images by staff and research students. As a part of the opening ceremony the winners were announced of Images of Research Competition 2019. Amongst the staff research images the panel awarded the prize to “Chaotic beats” by Dr Fabien Paillusson and our undergraduate physics student Michael Milburn, which research was conducted with the help of Dr Matt Booth. Read an extensive blog post on chaos by Fabien here.
Flick Levett, graduated with BSc Physics from the University of Lincoln in 2019:
Throughout my three years, I had constant support from all the lecturers who went above and beyond to help me achieve more than I ever believed I could. It was great as well to get back into the sport I loved and hadn’t played in so long due to injury alongside my studies, as well as working part-time and even refereeing at Sincil Bank was an incredible experience. I will forever be grateful to Lincoln for shaping me into a better human, with a newfound confidence in my own ability.
Flick is working as an electronics engineer, BAe Applied Intelligence, Guildford.