## LIGO’s cosmological revolution heralds new age for Queen Mary PhysicistsToday’s announcement from LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) concerning gravitational waves has rekindled excitement in the amazing predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The detection of these waves provides experimental verification of Einstein’s relativity in even the most extreme circumstances, the collision of two black holes. A gravitational wave is like a ripple that stretches space and time, moving at the speed of light. Their existence has been postulated for a hundred years, but finding them required the highest precision in experimental physics and some luck. To stand a chance of finding these moving ripples in spacetime we need a large source of accelerating matter. The collision and merger of blackholes is one such source though there could certainly be others. |

## Postgraduate Open Evening - 10th Feb
If you're considering an MSc in Physics or Astrophysics, this is a great opportuntity to find out more. Join us for an evening of talks and a chance to chat to academic programme directors and admissions staff. |

## Einsteins Legacy meetingOn the 28th and 29th of November we hosted a meeting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of general relativity. It was called Einstein's Legacy, and included plenary and public talks, as well as outreach events and a poster session. Around 500 people attended. Photos and videos can be found here. |

## RAS Discussion Meeting Turbulence in Solar, Space and Astrophysical PlasmasRAS discussion meeting 11 March 2016 - Turbulence in solar, space and astrophysical plasmas Abstract submission is now open for the RAS specialist discussion on the 11th March 2016: |

## School Colloquium: Antimatter particles in outer spaceThe Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment operates since May 2011 on board of the International Space Station to search for primordial anti-matter, to study the light anti-matter components in the Cosmic Rays (CR) and to perform a precision study of the CR composition and energy spectrum. AMS has been conceived as a multi purpose spectrometer based on the state-of-the-art technology used in high energy physics experiments: a permanent magnet surrounds a 6.4 m2 double-sided silicon micro-strip tracker, trigger and velocity measurements are insured by four planes of scintillators, redundant measurements of particle velocity, energy, charge are performed by a Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors and a 3D imaging Electromagnetic Calorimeter. A Transition Radiation Detector allows the discrimination of electrons from protons up to the TeV. |

## PhD PositionsThe Astronomy Unit is now taking applications for PhD positions, to start in September 2016. The deadline is the 31st of January, and the minimum entry requirement is an upper second class degree in Physics, Astronomy or Mathematics. Available projects can be found here. Further details are available here. |

## Network GeometryNetworks are mathematical structures that are universally used to describe a large variety of complex systems such as the brain or the Internet. Characterizing the geometrical properties of these networks has become increasingly relevant for routing problems, inference and data mining. In real growing networks, topological, structural and geometrical properties emerge spontaneously from their dynamical rules. Here we show that a single two parameter model of emergent network geometry, constructed by gluing triangles, can generate complex network geometries with non-trivial distribution of curvatures, combining exponential growth and small-world properties with finite spectral dimensionality. |

## National Student Survey Results 2015Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates. The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction. Physics and Astronomy students at Queen Mary had a 95% satisfaction rate, amongst some of the highest in the country. Our students are also amongst the most satisfied in the Russell Group with satisfaction rates in the top quartile for all physics programmes. The School of Physics and Astronomy strives to provide a friendly supportive environment and is committed to the highest levels of teaching and student support. |