New video on Bayesian inference

The  video below is about Bayesian inference for the parameters of the simple linear regression model. The aim of the video is to illustrate the Bayesian framework for statistical inference using a familiar statistical model.

Work experience in physics

This week we had a year 10 student visiting us from a local school for some work experience. The student learned a bit about the basics of quantum physics as well, a short introduction to some mathematical ideas, such as complex numbers.  The student also had short interviews with staff members about their research, for example:


27th annual International Laser Physics Workshop

This week there are a number of members of CMS attending the
27th annual International Laser Physics Workshop. The workshop is being held in Nottingham. The titles of the talks presented by CMS members are below:

  • B King (Plymouth, UK), A M Fedotov (Moscow, Russia), H Hu
    (Mianyang, China), B Shen (Shanghai, China)
    Leptons and Photons in Quasi-Constant Fields (invited talk)
  • L Ansell (Plymouth, UK)
    Relativistic Charge Motion in Laser Fields (invited talk)
  • A Ilderton (Plymouth, UK)
    Particle Dynamics in Electromagnetic Vortices and Gravitational
    Waves (invited talk)
  • B M Dillon (Plymouth, UK)
    ALP Production Through Non-Linear Compton Scattering in Intense

End of sabbatical

Like many Universities, Plymouth University runs a sabbatical system, where a staff member can do research at another institution for a year. This allows a staff member to think about new ideas and focus on their research. Typically a staff member might go on a sabbatical once every 7 years, but this also requires obtaining external funding.

For the last year Dr Antonio Rago has been visiting the CERN theory group in Geneva. CERN hosts the large hadron collider (LHC) and is one the main places to experimentally search for new physics. Dr Rago is now back working at Plymouth University.

Presentation of Foundation Year Mathematics Research Work

Last Friday (6th July), Dr Matthew Craven presented some joint work with Dr Jenny Sharp on improving Foundation Year Mathematics student learning. The work was presented at the FYNAC2018 conference at the University of Nottingham, UK.

The work describes some preliminary conclusions from research conducted into partial classroom flipping with Foundation Year Mathematicians at the half-way stage of a two-year project. The conference has been described as the “Friendliest Conference in the UK”.

Paper is chosen as Editors’ Suggestion in Physical Review D

A recent paper by Dr Tom Heinzl and Dr Anton Ilderton of the University
of Plymouth, has been chosen as an
“Editors’ Suggestion” in the journal Physical Review D.

Only a small number of accepted research papers are judged to be
sufficiently important, interesting, and well written to justify
selection as an Editors’ Suggestion.

Described as “outstanding” by the Editors, the paper describes research
into theoretical quantum physics and the possibilities of investigating
this physics using the world’s most powerful laser beams.

The paper was written in collaboration with Dr Daniel Seipt of Lancaster
University, and can be downloaded from