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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Research activity in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast is focused into seven Research Centres. 

Since 2001 there have been several major developments in the School, which have contributed to a regenerated and vibrant research environment.  The 4700m2 International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (IRCEP) was completed in December 2004, while a new £3.3M building was built to house the Mathematicians including CTAMOP and PMRC.  One of the consequences of these developments has been the significant reorientation of our research into areas including quantum information and measurement, theory of soft matter, and supernova research. 

A major QUB and EPSRC investment in plasma physics led to the construction of a new 20 terawatt laser system, giving access to ultra-short x-ray pulses.  To our knowledge, this is unique as a university-based high energy, short-pulse CPA laser system, and was underpinned by an EPSRC S&I Award. The arrival of the focused ion beam microscope in 2001 has led to innovations in the nanofabrication of three dimensional structures; funding for the SuperWASP project has resulted in discoveries of extrasolar planets.

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supernovae Physics & Astronomy
lasers Physics & Astronomy
stars Physics & Astronomy
ions Physics & Astronomy
pulses Physics & Astronomy
electrons Physics & Astronomy
electron impact Physics & Astronomy
excitation Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2001 2024

Research Output 1973 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

174P/Echeclus and its Blue Coma Observed Post-Outburst

Seccull, T., Fraser, W. C., Puzia, T. H., Fitzsimmons, A. & Cupani, G., 01 Feb 2019, In : Astronomical Journal. 157, 2, 11 p., 88.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

2I/Borisov: A C2 depleted interstellar comet

Opitom, C., Fitzsimmons, A., Jehin, E., Moulane, Y., Hainaut, O., Meech, K. J., Yang, B., Snodgrass, C., Micheli, M., Keane, J. V., Benkhaldoun, Z. & Kleyna, J. T., 23 Oct 2019, (Accepted) In : Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

solar system
CN emission

Absolute calibration of microchannel plate detector for carbon ions up to 250 MeV

McIlvenny, A., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Ahmed, H., Martin, P., Williamson, S. D. R., Ditter, E. J., Ettlinger, O. C., Hicks, G., Mckenna, P., Najmudin, Z., Neely, D., Kar, S. & Borghesi, M., 05 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Instrumentation. 14, C04002.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Microchannel Plate
microchannel plates

Activities 1994 2019

12th International Conference on Plasma Science and Applications

Satyabrata Kar (Invited speaker)
11 Nov 201914 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Crystal Structure Prediction: Exploring the Medeleev Table as a Palette to Design New Materials

Gareth Tribello (Invited speaker)
14 Jan 201918 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Extended software development workshop: Topics in Classical MD

Gareth Tribello (Invited speaker)
03 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

BBC World Service - New Interstellar Comet

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

BBC World Service - Asteroid deflection and the Hara/DART missions

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Podcast interview - Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Engaging the Public in Science and Increasing Awareness of Physics and Astronomy

Alan Fitzsimmons (Participant), Samuel Duddy (Participant), Henry Hsieh (Participant), Stephen Smartt (Participant), Stephen Lowry (Participant), Heather Cegla (Participant), Sergiy Shelyag (Participant), Victoria Moulds (Participant), Michail Mathioudakis (Participant), Don Pollacco (Participant), John Burton (Participant), Christopher Watson (Participant)

Impact: Societial Impact

Failure in Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCCs) for AVX Ltd

Robert Bowman (Participant), Marty Gregg (Participant), Mohamed Saad (Participant), Li-Wu Chang (Participant), Mark McMillen (Participant), Alina Schilling (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impact

Impact of the HELIUM Code on UK Government Procurement and Provision of National High-Performance Computing Facility HECToR

Jonathan Parker (Participant), Karen Cairns (Participant), Daniel Dundas (Participant), Kenneth Taylor (Participant)

Impact: Public Service Impact