From Particle Physics to AI for Autonomous Vehicles

CDT- NGCM Seminar with Andrew Lawson Andrew was an ICSS student at the University of Southampton; ICSS was the predecessor to CDT-NGCM. Andrew finished his PhD in Southampton in 2017, working with Prof Christopher Sachrajda and Dr Andreas Juttner. His thesis was titled ‘Exploratory Lattice QCD Studies of Rare Kaon …

Optical Fibres: Applications and Simulation Challenges

Dr. Peter Horak, a co-director of the NGCM from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, delivered a talk on the 21 March 2019 on his research in optical fibres. Dr. Horak introduced their uses, modelling them, and the challenges faced. Optical fibres are thin strands of glass …

Models of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

Dr Ondrej Hovorka came in on 21th November to give a seminar on the atomistic modelling of magnetic nanoparticles which are used in biomedical applications, primarily in destroying cancer cells using hyperthermia. In other words, by inducing an increase in body temperature to 42 – 45°C for 30 minutes in …

Quasar Unification via disk winds: From Phenomenology to Physics

Presentation by Professor Christian Knigge On Tuesday 3 July 2018, Professor Christian Knigge (School of Physics and Astronomy – University of Southampton) gave a talk to the 4th cohort of NGCM students on modelling Quasars by unification via disk winds. Quasars (Quasi Stellar Objects) are rapidly accreting supermassive black holes …

Astronomical Hydrodynamics and Be/X-ray Binaries

Rory Brown, a member of NGCM Cohort 1, gave a seminar discussing his research on high mass X-ray binaries and the surrounding background physics. High mass X-ray binaries are binary star systems formed of a large companion star orbiting a companion object. Typically for high mass X-ray binaries the companion …

Seminar by David Hahn – Simulating with Surfaces: Physics-based visual effects for fractures and fluids

Today the NGCM were pleased to welcome fourth-year PhD student David Hahn from the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, to present research from the Wojtan group on physics-based visual effects for fractures and fluids. David’s work uses surface-based numerical methods to create realistic simulations of complex physical interactions, …

Seminar by Dr. Richard F. L. Evans: Atomistic modelling of industrial magnets

Dr. Richard F L Evans, lecturer in Condensed Matter Theory in the physics department at the University of York, gave a stimulating seminar exploring the current state-of-the-art in atomistic modelling of magnetic materials and presenting calculations of two industrially important magnetic materials: NdFeB permanent magnets and IrMn/CoFe bilayers for spin …

Seminar by Dr Michal Krompiec from Merck Chemicals – Simulation of Organic Photovoltaics.

Dr Michal Krompiec, research scientist at Merck Chemicals, gave an interesting seminar on the topic of organic photovoltaics (OPV), first highlighting the capabilities of this relatively new technology and then discussing about how computer simulations are an essential and powerful tool for the design of high performance materials in order …