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Read more at: More critical than ever: ten years of Physics of Sustainability
From top left, clockwise: Sian Dutton, the Maxwell Centre, the Winton programme for the Physics of Sustainability logo, Prof. Richard Friend

More critical than ever: ten years of Physics of Sustainability

22 October 2021

When the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability was established in 2011 through the donation of £20 million from David Harding, the aim was bold and timely: to support fundamental research that underpins new technologies that can impact how we manage our fragile ecosystems. Ten years later, as the UK hosts...


Read more at: Researchers identify and clear efficiency hurdle for organic solar cells
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Researchers identify and clear efficiency hurdle for organic solar cells

1 October 2021

Researchers have identified a key mechanism responsible for the lower efficiencies of organic solar cells and shown a way that this hurdle might be overcome. Organic solar cells can do lots of things that inorganic solar cells can’t, but their commercial development has plateaued in recent years, in part due to their...


Read more at: Physics and the Aesthetics of Our World: First Cavendish Arts Science Fellow Appointed
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Physics and the Aesthetics of Our World: First Cavendish Arts Science Fellow Appointed

29 September 2021

Moving image artist Logan Ryland Dandridge has been appointed to the first Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge (UK) from October 2021. I’m thinking about how physics can be used to reckon with the continuum of Black experience in the interest of more disruptive scientific and artistic...


Read more at: Professor Richard J. Eden OBE
Pencil sketch drawing of Richard Eden by Bob Tulloch.

Professor Richard J. Eden OBE

28 September 2021

Members of the Laboratory will be sad to learn of the death of Richard Eden at the age of 99. He received his Cambridge doctorate in 1951 under the supervision of Paul Dirac. He won the distinguished Smith's Prize in 1949 and was elected to a Fellowship at Clare College in 1951. His areas of research at that time were in...


Read more at: ‘Back to basics’ approach helps unravel new phase of matter
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‘Back to basics’ approach helps unravel new phase of matter

28 September 2021

A new phase of matter, thought to be understandable only using quantum physics, can be studied with far simpler classical methods. We thought time crystals were fundamentally quantum phenomena, but it turns out a simpler classical approach let us learn more about them Andrea Pizzi Researchers from the University of...


Read more at: Tony Hewish FRS FInstP 1924 - 2021
From our photo archives: Professor Tony Hewish constructing a radio telescope array.

Tony Hewish FRS FInstP 1924 - 2021

16 September 2021

We are sad to learn of the death of Professor Antony (Tony) Hewish on 13 September 2021, aged 97. With his student Jocelyn Bell (Burnell), Hewish played a fundamental role in the discovery of pulsars and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery, together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle who was...


Read more at: Cavendish researcher recognised in the 2022 Breakthrough Prizes
Suchitra Sebastian

Cavendish researcher recognised in the 2022 Breakthrough Prizes

10 September 2021

Professor Suchitra Sebastian, from the Cavendish Laboratory has been recognised by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation with the New Horizons Prize, awarded to outstanding early-career researchers. It recognises a discovery made by our team of electrons doing what they're not supposed to do. It's gone from the moment of...


Read more at: Cavendish researcher receives £1.5 million to lead innovation using cosmic ray detectors
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Cavendish researcher receives £1.5 million to lead innovation using cosmic ray detectors

9 September 2021

Cavendish Laboratory researcher Oleg Brandt is one of the UK’s future science leaders to receive Government funding to help develop and commercialise their innovations. Dr Oleg Brandt , a particle physicist at the Cavendish Laboratory working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been awarded a...


Read more at: Mathematical model predicts best way to build muscle
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Mathematical model predicts best way to build muscle

1 September 2021

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that can predict the optimum exercise regime for building muscle. Surprisingly, not very much is known about why or how exercise builds muscles: there’s a lot of anecdotal knowledge and acquired wisdom, but very little in the way of hard or proven data. Eugene Terentjev The...


Read more at: Enabling the next generation of organic solar cells
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Enabling the next generation of organic solar cells

11 August 2021

Researchers have discovered a new, faster way in which organic materials redistribute sunlight energy, which could enable the next generation of organic solar cells to convert sunlight into electrical power and help in the battle against climate change. This new mechanism provides many opportunities to significantly...