International prize awarded to Dermot Green

Posted August 15, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP member and EPSRC Fellow Dermot Green was awarded the 2017 ICPEAC ‘Sheldon Datz prize’ for Outstanding Young Scientist attending ICPEAC (International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions) one of the two flagship international conferences in atomic physics.

The prize recognises Dermot’s leading work developing many-body theory of positron and positronium interactions with atoms and molecules. It was awarded following nomination and selection by the ICPEAC international committee prior to the recent conference in Cairns, Australia. Dermot received the award from the ICPEAC International Chair Hossein Sadeghpour (ITAMP, Harvard) in the ‘Sheldon Datz prize’ plenary session of the conference, where he presented a special report on his work.

CTAMOP welcomes new member

Posted July 26, 2017 by Andrew Brown

b8adde7332b889d75bde38a9a1ae6621 We would like to welcome Dr. Luis Fernández Menchero, a new post-doctoral fellow to the CTAMOP community.

Luis will be working closely with Dr. Cathy Ramsbottom and Dr. Connor Ballance to develop and extend fundamental collisional methods and integrate them with collisional-radiative models of astrophysical significance.

This post is funded through the consolidated STFC astrophysical grant.

Computer time allocation

Posted by Andrew Brown

Under a collaborative proposal (HZAD) between the University of Strathclyde and Queen’s University (Dr Cathy Ramsbottom, Dr Connor Ballance) a bid for over 15,000 million CPU hrs has been granted under the EUROfusion program.

The grant will allow group members access to a Lenovo NeXtSscale supercomputer called ‘Marconi’ capable of 20 PFlop/s and also to emerging multi-core platforms such as Intel’s second generation Xeon-Phi processor (KNL) capable of up to 272 threads per core.

CTAMOP poster competition success

Posted June 8, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP poster

CTAMOP’s PhD students have seen success in the 3rd Annual Researcher Postercompetition held this week at the Graduate School. Christine Cartwright, Kathryn Hamilton, Luca Innocenti, Helena Majury, Darren Moore, Brendan Reid, Andrew Swann and Michael Turkington all contributed to the poster, to reflect the diverse range of research present in CTAMOP.

The poster was awarded the “Creativity and Innovation in Presentation” award across all Faculties.

Researchers from across the university exhibited their work at the competition, with the brief being to ‘communicate research to a varied, non-expert audience’. Given the fundamental and complex nature of the research exhibited by our students, this is a great achievement!

Congratulations to all involved.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow position in CTAMOP

Posted June 7, 2017 by Andrew Brown

A new job opening for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow has been listed online

The position is a permanent, two-year contract to work with Prof. Hugo van der Hart and Dr. Andrew Brown on the expansion of the world-leading R-matrix with time-dependence code suite, and will involve a strong collaborative element with project partners at the Open University, Max-Born Institut Berlin, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

The position is funded by the EPSRC funded Software Flagship project “R-matrix suites for multielectron attosecond dynamics in atoms and molecules irradiated by arbitrarily polarised light”

All details can be found online:here. Any additional queries can be sent to Prof. van der Hart

Darren Moore Passes PhD Viva

Posted by Andrew Brown

Congratulations to Darren Moore who this week passed his Viva Voce exam. His external assessor was Dr. Alessio Serafini from University College London.

Darren was supervised by Dr. Alessandro Ferraro and worked on Quantum state reconstruction and computation with mechanical networks.

In his time at CTAMOP, Darren has become an expert in techniques for the inference of quantum states of many-body boson systems and their use in the context of quantum optomechanics. He has explored the implications of his methods for quantum computing with boson systems, and in particular the application to measurement-based quantum computing.

Darren is currently looking for a postdoc position to continue his research.

Welcome back, Jack

Posted May 25, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP is delighted to welcome back former PhD student Jack Wragg, who joins us on a three year contract as a post-doc.
Jack is funded by the EPSRC and will work with Hugo van der Hart, Connor Ballance and Andrew Brown on implementing relativistic effects in the world-leading R-matrix with time dependent codes.

CTAMOP student in parliament

Posted March 16, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP PhD student Kathryn Hamilton competed this week in the STEM for Britain (formerly SET for Britain) poster competition in the Houses of Parliament in London.
Her poster, ‘Electrons under inspection’, detailed her work using the RMT method to investigate electron dynamics in intense laser-atom interactions.
As part of her visit, Kathryn was entertained by her parliamentary representative, Ian Paisley Junior!
Kathryn and Ian Paisley Junior

IOP outstanding reviewer award

Posted March 13, 2017 by Andrew Brown

CTAMOP lecturer, Gabriele De Chiara has been chosen by IOP Publishing for their ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ awards, 2016.
Dr De Chiara was recognised for the “quantity, timeliness and quality of [his] reviews in 2016”- particularly for reviews written for the New Journal of Physics- and joins a list of outstanding reviewers from across the globe recognised in this award.

According to the IOP, “without the contribution and expertise of our reviewer community, it would be impossible to maintain the high standards of the journal”.
The full list of awardees, and more information on the IOP’s partnership with peer reviewers can be found here.

Congratulations to Gabriele, and to our colleague Dr Gianluca Sarri in the Centre for Plasma Physics, who was also recognised in this years list.

New job opportunity in CTAMOP

Posted March 8, 2017 by Andrew Brown

A new post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) post has been advertised through the university’s career’s portal.

There are in fact two PDRA positions available to work in the intense laser-atom interactions area in the group of Hugo van der Hart and Dr Andrew Brown. The first is a three-year post to develop capability to investigate ultrafast, relativistic dynamics in atoms, and the second, a two-year position to investigate the interaction of arbitrarily polarised light with atomic and ionic targets.

All details and the application form can be found via the job listing on the Queen’s website.

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