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 University and resident company The REACH Centre have been recognised for their outstanding track-record of working together at a prestigious award ceremony.
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Wed 12 November 2014
On 24th October, forty teachers from across the South Lakes area visited the Faculty of Science and Technology, as part of a partnership between Lancaster University, Research Council UK, and the South Lakes Federation.
Thu 06 November 2014
Peter Hodgson, who has just successfully defended his PhD, has now rounded off the achievement with the award of an EPSRC Doctoral Prize by the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Thu 30 October 2014
Lancaster University has played a lead role in the inaugural meeting of a new engineering network for all types of engineers working on particle accelerators in the UK.
Fri 17 October 2014