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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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    Research Output

    Chemistry in carbon-rich protoplanetary disks: Effect of carbon grain destruction

    Wei, C. E., Nomura, H., Lee, J. E., Ip, W. H., Walsh, C. & Millar, T. J., 13 Jan 2020, In : Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. p. 289-290 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Chromospheric emission of solar-type stars with asteroseismic ages

    Booth, R. S., Poppenhaeger, K., Watson, C. A., Silva Aguirre, V., Stello, D. & Bruntt, H., 01 Jan 2020, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 491, 1, p. 455-467

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Classical Nucleation theory predicts the shape of the nucleus in homogeneous solidification

    Cheng, B., Ceriotti, M. & Tribello, G., 01 Jan 2020, (Accepted) In : Journal of Chemical Physics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Science & Technology Facilities Council (External organisation)

    Christopher Watson (Member)
    01 Apr 2081 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    IFSA 2019 The role of nanoscale dimensionality in the ultrafast recovery of materials excited by ps bursts of laser driven ions

    Brendan Dromey (Invited speaker)
    30 Sep 2024

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

    International Conference of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS 2021)

    Lisa McFetridge (Member of programme committee)
    06 Sep 202109 Sep 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    BBC Radio Foyle - Biggest explosion since the big bang

    Alan Fitzsimmons


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Interview on BBC Newsline on QUB school experience research experience

    Stephen Smartt


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Eliminating structural material imperfections to improve electronics

    Mathew McLaren, Vitaly Z. Zubialevich, Pietro Pampili, Z. John Shen, Miryam Arredondo-Arechavala & Peter J. Parbrook


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research


    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