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Universe’s ultraviolet background could provide clues about missing galaxies

Effects of UV radiation on galaxy formation

Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the Universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos.

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Level 3 Poster Prize winners 2017 receive their awards

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Materials that emit rainbows

Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. To date, most MCL materials only change between two colors, limiting their applications. The international research team comprising of chemists at Osaka University and physicists at Durham University has developed tricolor-changing MLC materials. Not only that, the developed materials exhibited efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and allowed high performance organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) devices. The findings can be read about in Chemical Science.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-02-materials-emit-rainbows.html#jCp


British Cryogenics Council awards major prize to Dr Mark Raine

Just before Christmas, Dr Mark J. Raine (a Research Fellow in the Department of Physics) was awarded the 2017 Harry Jones Prize by the British Cryogenics Council (BCC) for his PhD thesis work entitled: ‘High Field Superconductors for Fusion Energy Applications’. 

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Hunting hidden supermassive black holes

Monster black holes sometimes play a cosmic game of hide and seek, shrouding themselves from view behind giant clouds of gas and dust, according to new research.

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Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

Professor Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize of the IOP and the German Physical Society, which is given for outstanding contributions to physics. Frenk, who is director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, receives the award for his work on cold dark matter, being one of the originators of the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) theory for the origin of galaxies and other cosmic structures.


Good bye and Good luck!

Today the department says good bye and good luck to technician John Summerill.

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ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web

Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them.

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Celebration of local school physicists

Thirty-six outstanding young physicists from the North East will be rewarded for their dedication and enthusiasm for physics at Durham University’s fourth Ogden Schools’ Physicist of the Year event on Tuesday 21st June.

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CDT Student Francis Ridgeon wins regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition.

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