Professor Peter Higgs awarded Nobel Prize for Physics
We congratulate Peter Higgs on being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics. In 1964 he and other theoretical physicists discovered a way to give masses to elementary particles. This is now the basis for the Standard Model that describes immensely successfully all the visible matter in the Universe. Peter Higgs pointed out that this theory required the existence of a new kind of particle, commonly called the Higgs Boson, which was discovered by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN in 2012, providing dramatic experimental confirmation of his theoretical ideas.
We are proud that Peter Higgs was a student in the King's Physics Department from 1947 to 1954, getting his BSc in 1950, his MSc in 1951 and his PhD in 1954. His links with King's continue: for example, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009 and gave the inaugural Higgs Lecture on the King's Strand campus in December 2012. Research on the properties of the Higgs Boson and related aspects of particle physics is an active theme of research in the King's Physics Department.
The Alan Michette Memorial Event
On Wednesday the 9th October the Physics Department will host The Professor Alan Michette Memorial Event to celebrate Alan's contribution to the subject, the College and to the various projects he was involved with.
This will be held in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre (King's building, Room K6.29) 1-4pm with a drinks reception in the Physics Department afterwards.
There will be four speakers: Jim Pinfold, Peter Doel, John Costello and Nick Mavromatos. David Richards will chair the event.
Attendance is first come/first served on the day.
In Memory of Professor Alan Michette
David Richards - Head of the Department of Physics
1.20 Welcome from the Maxwell Society
Jarveen Soor (President) and Luke Nicholls (President 2012/3)
1.30 Jim Pinfold, University of Alberta
"From Neutral Currents to Cosmic Rays"
2.10 Peter Doel, University College London
"Smart X-ray optics"
2.50 John Costello, Dublin City University
"Ultrafast and Intense X-ray Free Electron Lasers - A New Frontier in Einstein’s Photoelectric Effect?"
3.30 Nick Mavromatos, King's College London
"Biological microtubules as information processors"
3.50 Close (David Richards)
The Department of Physics is delighted to announce the start of the Gordon Rogers Scholarship Programme, a new scholarship for students who have shown strong academic performance.
David Rogers, a Physics alumnus currently working in the finance industry, has set up a generous scholarship (named for his father, Gordon Rogers). This provides £3000 each for the five best second year students and the five best third year MSci students. The scholarship is awarded on academic merit.
David Rogers took a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from King’s in 1990.Mr Rogers is a co-founder and Director at Northwest Investment Management Ltd. He is responsible for investment management within the hedge fund focused on bond trading within South East Asian markets. Prior to working at Northwest David was Head of Convertible Bond Proprietary Trading at Caspain. Here he used the mathematical and analytical skills from his physics and astrophysics degree to develop portfolio strategies and optimisation models.
David feels that he owes much to the education he received at King’s. He greatly enjoyed the study and developing an in depth understanding of Physics. His degree provided him with the structured mathematical and analytical set of skills that has been a key element of his success in business. He feels that he was extremely lucky to be studying in the late 1980s when higher education was free. He now wants to give back to the department and support the next generation of Physics students by recognising those who strive for excellence in their studies.
The Gordon Rogers Scholars 2013 are:
Linde Van Parijs
The Department of Physics would like to express its sincere thanks to David Rogers for his generous bequest and for his continuing support of current students and the pursuit of excellence in Physics.
The Institute of Art and Ideas in London held a scientific debate entitled
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
with Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King College London John Ellis, bestselling science writer and academic Lawrence Krauss, and Cambridge theologian Don Cupitt.
Heidegger held the most important question to be "why is there something rather than nothing?" Hawking believes science will one day provide an answer. But is this a delusion? Is explaining creation beyond us or is there really a chance we can solve the greatest mystery of all?
“Magic” Surface Clustering of Borazines Driven by Repulsive Intermolecular Forces" article is published
Professor Alan Michette passed away on 8th May 2013 whilst attending the Annual Lecture at Cumberland Lodge as a member of its Academic Committee.
Alan joined the Department of Physics of Queen Elizabeth College in 1981, and then moved to King's with the subsequent merger of Queen Elizabeth and King's College. During his time in the Department he has held numerous roles in the Department and School, most recently that of Head of Department. In the last ten years in particular he has been closely involved with the Maxwell Society and the annual Cumberland Lodge event, and with the development of a hugely successful programme concerned with cosmic ray detectors in schools.
Our thoughts are with his wife and his family.
Within the Department we will miss a colleague and friend.
Anyone wishing to send any messages of condolence or tribute to Alan's family can do so via firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan's family have requested that instead of floral tributes, anyone who wishes may contribute to Cancer Research - a subject that Alan had worked on in the past by clicking on this link
Spotlight on Optics, Highlighted article: Linewidth Enhancement in Spasers and Plasmonic Nanolasers by Pavel Ginzburg and Anatoly V. Zayats
More details can be found on the link below: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/spotlight/summary.cfm?URI=oe-21-2-2147
Professor Peter Higgs recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
King’s alumnus and Fellow Professor Peter Higgs (BSc Physics, 1950, MSc Phsyics, 1952, PhD in 1954) received a Companion of Honour for services to Physics. In 1964 Peter Higgs predicted the existence of the scalar particle that is crucial for our understanding of three of the four forces of nature, making a fundamental contribution to physics with major consequences for our understanding of the origins of the universe. Known as the Higgs boson or ‘God particle’, compelling evidence for its existence was discovered by scientists at CERN in Geneva last year.