New Funding for Space Research
The Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group has recently received over £900k of new funding in three grants awarded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to support research at Lancaster University over a three year period.
Dr Mick Denton was awarded £288K to support "Acceleration and Loss Processes at Relativistic Energies: Sources and Sinks of Radiation Belt Plasma", a project investigating plasma physics in near-Earth space in preparation for the launch of NASA's "Radiation Belts Storm Probe" mission to the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts in 2012.
Dr Jim Wild was awarded £294k in order to support a programme of research entitled "Investigating the Influence of Open Crustal Magnetic Field Regions on the Martian Ionosphere".
This project will model the physical interaction between the Martian ionosphere and the interplanetary environment.
The results will have implications for Martian atmospheric physics (both past and present), planetary exobiology and the potential technologies for future Mars exploration missions.
Professor Mike Kosch was awarded £321k to support "Artificial Auroras: The energy spectrum of accelerated electrons from wave-particle interactions", an investigation of how radio wave interactions with magnetised space plasmas accelerates electrons to high energies.
A unique feature is that the experiment is performed in the natural atmosphere using the EISCAT high-power radar facility and in so doing produces artificial auroras.
Prof. Kosch will be talking about his research into artificial aurora in an edition of the BBC's long-running "Sky at Night" programme, to be broadcast on 1st February (with repeats on 2nd and 7th).
Mon 19 January 2009
Lancaster Physics graduates have produced an excellent description of the use of scientific method in the search for the Higgs Boson.
Fri 27 February 2015
Congratulations to fourth year Physics student, Jorden Senior, for winning first prize for his blog entry into The Ogden Trust’s annual ‘Blogden’ competition.
Fri 20 February 2015
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E Smith, recently visited CERN, to see the important research being conducted by Lancaster staff. Joined by Professor Peter Ratoff, Professor Roger Jones and Dr Graeme Burt who are leading CERN based projects, Professor Smith was given a VIP tour of CERN including the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and the ATLAS Collaboration visitor centre.
Fri 20 February 2015
Lancaster University is enhancing its position as a global leader in cyber security research by agreeing links with Japan’s national ICT institute.
Wed 11 February 2015