Dr. Ben King, from CMS at Plymouth University, recently visited Dr. Victor Dinu, a researcher at the University of Bucharest. His visit lasted one week. They collaborated on theoretical calculations of laser-particle physics. Ben adapted Victor’s code to work on the computer cluster at Plymouth University. Using forty cores, they were able to obtain a speed-up of about a factor 10. This was just a test run with a real part of the calculation, but it was a success, since the proof of principle of parallelizing the code was demonstrated.
With the HPQCD collaboration, Dr Craig McNeile, has been awarded an additional allocation of 12.8 million core hours on the Data Analytic Cluster at Cambridge. This award comes comes the Dirac consortium.
The computer time will be used for theoretical particle physics calculations to test the standard model of particle physics.
The award also includes 8 months of software support to improve the efficiency of one of the key codes.
Anton Ilderton, who has been recently hired as a lecturer in this school, recently went to India to a conference in India with the title: Laser Plasma Accelerator. The title of Anton’s talk was: fundamental quantum physics in intense laser fields. The video of the talk is below:
TEDxPlymouthUniversity showcases new, exciting and inspirational ideas that can be found in Plymouth. This year the event is held on Thursday 9th March 2017 in the Roland Levinsky Building Plymouth University.
The event is series of presentations by researchers at Plymouth University, highlighting cutting edge research and insight. The talks range from poetry, art, to women’s rights.
Dr. Antonio Rago from the centre for mathematical sciences is presenting a talk with the title: A journey through elementary particles.
The event is already sold out.
Our former student Tomasz has recently passed his PhD viva (oral examination) in Marine Engineering. Congratulations to Tomasz! The video below shows a brief overview of Tomasz’s graduate studies.
Christmas and the new year is a time for reflection and to look back on the events of the year. In science there are a number of conferences to review the progress in different fields. Member of the CMS who work on Quantum Field Theory at High Intensities are attending the end of year meeting: 2016 Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser User Community at Abingdon School and Coseners House. A number of talks and posters are being presented by members of Plymouth’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
Below is a photograph of PhD student: Lauren Ansell presenting a poster on her research:
The picture below shows Dr Anton Ilderton giving a talk on his research:
The picture below is of Dr. Ben King presenting his talk at the meeting.
Dr. Nathan Broomhead, who recently joined the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University, is presenting an invited talk at a conference in Hong Kong next week. The title of the conference is:
Quivers, cluster algebra and mathematical physics and the title of his talk is: Thick subcategories, arc-collections and mutation
For the first time the theoretical physics group at Plymouth University is organizing a Particle Physics Master Class. Students at local schools we will be able to visit us for a day to work on experimental data from the experiments at the LHC. At the end of the day, the students will discuss their results via a video conference with physicists working on the experiments at CERN.
The event will be held on Wednesday 5th April 2017. There are more details at the local web page for the event.