Monday, 27 September 2010

New group members

Agata Pawlikowska is joining the group for a PhD.  Agata studied at Wroclaw University of Technology and at Imperial College where she worked on holographic optical traping and gained an MSc in Optics and Photonics.  She is working for a PhD on the UCL/NPL optical and acoustical microbubble trapping project.  

Also, Radhika Patel is returning to the group.  Radhika worked in our lab over the summer as a Nuffield Foundation Bursary Student, and will be spending the rest of the year with us working on her MSci project.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Nanophotonics meets quantum optics and NOIs meeting

This week Susan and Marios have been attending the 'Nanophotonics meets quantum optics' Physics School in Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany, where they also presented a poster on some of our most recent work on nanofibre trapping.

On the last day of the Physics School the annual project meeting of our European project 'Nanofibre Optical Interfaces for Ions, Atoms and Molecules (NOIs)' was held, with progress reports from participants based in Cork, Moscow, London, Innsbruck and Mainz.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Visit to NanoSoft Lab, IPCF-CNR (Messina)

Phil spent the week of 13-18 September visiting Onofrio Marago and colleagues at the NanoSoft Lab, IPCF-CNR (Messina).  The visit was part of our International Joint Project on Photonic Force Microscopy funded by the Royal Society.  Among the highlights of the week was a half-day meeting on graphene with talks by Onofrio, Giuseppe Angilella (Catania) and Prof Norman March (former holder of the Coulson Chair in Theoretical Chemisty, Oxford).