History and Physics meet during Christmas

Science views

This Christmas is a rather special one – it is 375 years ago on Christmas Day (old style) Sir Isaac Newton, one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons, was born.

We celebrate this event in Lincoln with a special Christmas Public Lecture: “Space travel: from fantasy to reality and beyond” given by a successful public speakers duoDr Anna Marie Roos and Dr Fabien Paillusson, a historian of science and a theoretical physicist.

We would like to present here opinions of our speakers on ‘Eureka’ Moments in Science and Why scientists like to deliver public lectures (click on the links).

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Summer Students Excited by Quantum Dots

Experimental Nanophysics & Nanotechnology at Lincoln

Dr Matt Booth was delighted to supervise two of our undergraduate Physics students over the summer as part of the University of Lincoln ‘UROS’ scheme.

Niall Garry and Robert Sharp were evaluating the effects of compositional perturbations on the optical and electronic properties of colloidal CuInS2 nanocrystals.

We were kindly hosted for two days by Dr Vin Dhanak in the Nanomaterials Characterisation Lab at the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. Both the valence and core electron states of copper poor CuInS2 and Fe-doped CuInS2 were measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

When under UV illumination the copper poor nanocrystals showed up to an order of magnitude increase in photoluminescence emission, while the Fe-doped suspensions showed a systematic red-shift with increased Fe content (see images below).


Both Niall and Robert are extending the work they undertook during their UROS projects for their third year dissertation projects.

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1st Annual Edmund Weaver Lecture

Lincoln Astrophysics Team

Today Phil Sutton delivered an illuminating public lecture on the Cassini mission to Saturn. That was the first lecture in a new lecture series of Annual Edmund Weaver Lectures in Astronomy. Before the lecture Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky  introduced new lecture series and explained briefly who was mysterious Edmund Weaver. The talk by Phil attracted lots of questions from the audience and sparkled a lovely discussion with the speaker after the lecture.

Opening words by Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky:

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Celebrating Physics students success in 2017 with Edward Delaval

Maths & Physics News

Students and staff

On 31 of May 2017 our Physics students at the University of Lincoln have been recognised at a prize giving event for their hard work and effort on the course.

Our first two cohorts of Physics students at the University and staff spend a remarkable day at Doddington Hall, once a home of famous natural philosopher Edward Delaval.

Th event was featuring a fantastic talk about the Hall and Edward Delaval by Anthony Jarvis of Doddington Hall, who also presented the awards to the students.

This was our second Edward Delaval event at Doddington Hall, and the winners of the academic year 2016/17 were:

1st year (now 2nd year) Physics students:
  • Thomas Vale was presented with Edward Delaval award as a blue glass trophy, reflecting on Edward Delaval work on colouring glass.
  • Felicity Levett received a Commendation for her Experimental Physics Work
2nd year (now 3rd year) Physics…

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Industrial Laser Applications Symposium

Six of our second year Physics students (now third year students) attended the 5th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS 2017) in Grantham on 22-23 March 2017. This unique 2-day event was organized by the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU). It attracted international delegates and speakers to share the latest in laser material processing and was packed with presentations and exhibitions. A great opportunity for our students to make new contacts, expand their network and meet potential employers.

L-R: Neil Main (Micrometric Ltd) together with the students: Niall Garry, George Lindow, Thomas Dodd, Robert Sharp, Harry Finch and Sorcha Hulme at ILAS2017.

Undergraduate physics research is on the rise

Today our undergraduate Physics students presented their summer research results at the University’s UROS poster conference (UROS is Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme). Physics team was one of the largest in the university while we are the smallest school so far: 3 posters were on Experimental Physics and 3 – on Computational Physics.

Our Physics superheroes of today are:

  • Aaron Adams
  • Christopher Dickens
  • Hannah Thurlbeck
  • Niall Garry
  • Robert Sharp
  • Tom Vale

Their supervisors were: Drs Matt Watkins, Marco Pinna, Fabien Paillusson, Matt Booth and Professor Waqar Ahmed.

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Superhero professor, James Kakalios, gets an honorary degree

Maths & Physics News

On 7th of September 2017 Professor James Kakalios was awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Lincoln for his achievements in advancement and communication of physics.

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Oration text (by Andrei Zvelindovsky):

Chancellor, Pro Chancellor, DVC, honoured guests, graduates, I am pleased to present to you Professor James Kakalios on whom the Governing Body has agreed to confer an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

City of Lincoln is connected to physics long before the word physics came into use. Early in 13th century, in this very cathedral, the Bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grosseteste, was probably the first in Britain who wrote on wonders of nature such as rainbow, light and formation of matter in the universe. Today we honour Professor Kakalios whose research is in the field of condensed matter physics, the main physics research direction of the…

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