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Read more at: Cambridge pioneers to explore Universe’s first stars and rare beauty decays
Harry Cliff and Hannah Ubler

Cambridge pioneers to explore Universe’s first stars and rare beauty decays

22 May 2024

Cambridge physicists Hannah Übler and Harry Cliff are amongst the new cohort of ten emerging UK science leaders to be awarded an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship by the UKRI Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This prestigious honour recognises the most promising early-career Particle Physics, Astronomy and...


Read more at: 2D Materials: A Catalyst for Future Quantum Technologies
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2D Materials: A Catalyst for Future Quantum Technologies

20 May 2024

Cambridge researchers have discovered that a ‘single atomic defect' in a layered 2D material can hold onto quantum information for microseconds at room temperature. This underscores the broader potential of 2D materials in advancing quantum technologies. Each new promising system will broaden the toolkit of available...


Read more at: Strictly No Dancing
Professor Sir Richard H. Friend, senior co-author; Professor Akshay Rao, Corresponding author; Pratyush Ghosh, First Author

Strictly No Dancing

8 May 2024

Researchers based at the University of Cambridge have discovered a way to stop the quantum dance of atoms ‘seen’ by electrons in carbon-based organic molecules. This development will help improve the performance of light emitting molecules used in displays and bio-medical imaging. These molecules also have a wide range of...


Read more at: Winners announced for the Cavendish Photography Competition 2023-24

Winners announced for the Cavendish Photography Competition 2023-24

18 April 2024

The 2023-24 Photography Competition showcased a multitude of captivating images commemorating various facets of our theme, '150 years of excellence in the Cavendish'. The diverse range of submissions, covering interdisciplinary research in chemistry, Physics of Life, semiconductor physics, quantum states, and astrophysics...


Read more at: Cavendish PhD Student Jesús Arjona Martínez amongst Forbes 30 Under 30
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Cavendish PhD Student Jesús Arjona Martínez amongst Forbes 30 Under 30

18 April 2024

Jesús Arjona Martínez, a PhD student, has been recognised as one of the ‘ Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2024’ for his current research at the Cavendish Laboratory . Martinez, part of Professor Mete Atatüre’s research group, focuses on the development of quantum communication aimed at creating perfectly secure digital...


Read more at: Drawing a line back to the origin of life
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Drawing a line back to the origin of life

17 April 2024

Scientists at the University of Cambridge suggest molecules, vital to the development of life, could have formed from a process known as graphitisation. Once verified in the laboratory, it could allow us to try and recreate plausible conditions for life's emergence. A big part of life is simplicity. It’s order. It’s coming...


Read more at: Mark Thomson to be the UK candidate for CERN top position

Mark Thomson to be the UK candidate for CERN top position

4 April 2024

The UK government has announced its support for Cavendish particle physicist Professor Mark Thomson, to be the next Director-General of CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. Professor Thomson is a renowned Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellow at Emmanuel College...


Read more at: Reimagining the Future of Solar Energy
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Reimagining the Future of Solar Energy

20 March 2024

New research suggests that there might be other ways to generate solar energy than just trying to make individual solar cells super-efficient. Scientists are always on the lookout for ways to make our world a better place, and one area they're focusing on is solar energy. One idea in this area is to make solar cells more...


Read more at: Slow spreading of chaos
Artist's illustration of particles in movement around an atom

Slow spreading of chaos

14 March 2024

The quantum particle in a box is a hallmark problem in physics, familiar to every physics undergraduate. Somewhat surprisingly, the problem becomes very complex if the particle is kicked around by an external force. Already in a one-dimensional world this leads to chaotic behaviour. In this case, the chaotic state reaches...


Read more at: Dorian Gangloff secures funding to boost quantum networking
Artist's impression of A multi-qubit system in a quantum dot addressed by photons.

Dorian Gangloff secures funding to boost quantum networking

13 March 2024

An ambitious project aiming to revolutionise quantum communication networks has successfully secured funding through the prestigious QuantERA 2023 call . The MEEDGARD project, short for "Memory Enhanced Entanglement Distribution with Gallium ARsenide quantum Dots,” is focusing on developing an efficient optical interface...