Department of Physics
Thu 27 Nov '14
PVTree: Imagining a 3D solar future
Exhibition on Campus from Dec. 1st
The Departments of Physics and WMG in an ongoing research project funded by the Energy and Innovative manufacturing GRP's imagine a future where solar power photovoltaic cells can move beyond their current form of flat structures into something aesthetically more interesting and potentially as attractive such as a tree structure, while also yielding enormous benefits in terms of power produced per area. This project is a feasibility study involving computational geometry and optics as well as public perception and design research. As part of the project an exhibition on campus will take place during week 10 of term, i.e. from December 1st, at various prominent places in order to canvas opinions and reactions.
Mon 27 Oct '14
Vincenzo Ferraro Thesis Prize
Ersilia Leonardis, who succesfully defended her PhD in the CFSA, supervised by Sandra Chapman, has been awarded the Vincenzo Ferraro Thesis Prize for her PhD work. The prize was awarded following the careful evaluation of a qualified and esteemed commission. It is in honor of Prof Vincenzo Ferraro, an eminent Italian Astrophysicist who discovered the “Ferraro-Rosenbluth” sheath amongst many other discoveries. The prize supports and promotes studies of magneto hydrodynamics applied to astrophysics by giving an award every year to the best MSc or PhD thesis within the area of magneto hydrodynamics of space or laboratory plasma.