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Read more at: Low-Mass Galaxies, Cosmic Illuminators of the Early Universe
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Low-Mass Galaxies, Cosmic Illuminators of the Early Universe

28 November 2023

What made the cosmos go from darkness to radiant? Researchers at the University of Cambridge have gone further in time than ever before to uncover crucial insights on the role of younger, low-mass galaxies with bursty star formation in this transformation, known at the epoch of Reionization. Studying a representative...


Read more at: New Cavendish Arts Science Fellow announced

New Cavendish Arts Science Fellow announced

24 November 2023

Ugandan contemporary artist, dancer and researcher, Robert Ssempijja has been selected as the third Cavendish Arts Science Fellow at Girton College. Ssempijja was selected from over 700 artists who responded to the international open call for his compelling 'regenerative art practice' that moves away from exploitative...


Read more at: Cavendish physicist awarded European funding for new thin magnet research
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Cavendish physicist awarded European funding for new thin magnet research

23 November 2023

Chiara Ciccarelli has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to support her career as she pursues her most promising scientific ideas into ultra-energy-efficient data storage solutions. Chiara Ciccarelli’s research focuses on magnets and ways to write and read their magnetic state as...


Read more at: Annual Prizewinner’s Dinner 2023
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Annual Prizewinner’s Dinner 2023

29 October 2023

The Cavendish Laboratory’s Annual Prizewinner's Dinner took place on October 27, 2023. Winners, along with some of the Cavendish academics, celebrated their achievements and enjoyed a formal dinner at Peterhouse. The event was enthusiastically hosted by the Master of Peterhouse and former Head of Department, Emeritus...


Read more at: Turning metal into insulator with “heavy” electrons
Metal Insulators

Turning metal into insulator with “heavy” electrons

19 October 2023

Scientists in a team led by Prof Malte Grosche from the University of Cambridge have observed how electron-electron interactions can transform a conductor into an insulator. Their experiment, which combined extreme pressures, low temperatures, and high magnetic fields, showed that as the interaction strength increases, the...


Read more at: Cavendish researchers sweep 2023 Institute of Physics awards
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Cavendish researchers sweep 2023 Institute of Physics awards

16 October 2023

Four Cavendish Laboratory researchers have been awarded prestigious 2023 Institute of Physics medals and prizes. Dr Hannah Stern, Dr Harry Cliff, Professor Ulrich Keyser and Professor Ulrich Schneider have been recognised in this year’s honours for their respective outstanding contribution to experimental physics, public...


Read more at: Simulations of ‘backwards time travel’ can improve scientific experiments
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Simulations of ‘backwards time travel’ can improve scientific experiments

12 October 2023

Physicists have shown that simulating models of hypothetical time travel can solve experimental problems that appear impossible to solve using standard physics. We are not proposing a time travel machine, but rather a deep dive into the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. These simulations do not allow you to go back and...


Read more at: Cambridge Scientists Unlock Ultra-Strong Light-Matter Coupling, Paving the Way for Revolutionary Material Transformations
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Cambridge Scientists Unlock Ultra-Strong Light-Matter Coupling, Paving the Way for Revolutionary Material Transformations

3 October 2023

When light and matter intersect, a realm of quasiparticles known as polaritons emerges. These polaritons hold the power to reshape a material's molecular vibrations and electronic properties, aspects that are crucial in determining a material's behaviour and functionality. Yet, the intricate mechanisms governing these...


Read more at: Welcoming Mete Atatüre as the new Head of Department
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Welcoming Mete Atatüre as the new Head of Department

2 October 2023

Professor Mete Atatüre is taking on the role of Head of Department at the Cavendish Laboratory, succeeding Professor Andy Parker. Commenting on his appointment, Mete Atatüre said: “I am incredibly honoured to be trusted in this role and to follow in the footsteps of Andy Parker and everyone who made the Cavendish...


Read more at: Prof Sarah Bohndiek and Dr Gemma Bale appointed as Founding Programme Directors at ARIA
Dr Gemma Bale (left) and Prof. Sarah Bohndiek (right)

Prof Sarah Bohndiek and Dr Gemma Bale appointed as Founding Programme Directors at ARIA

11 September 2023

Prof Sarah Bohndiek and Dr Gemma Bale have been selected as two of eight founding Programme Directors of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA), a new governmental research and development funding agency built to unlock scientific and technological breakthroughs for everyone's benefit. As co-directors, Prof...


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