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5 March 2015

Dr Jiannis Pachos from the Theoretical Physics group in the School of Physics and Astronomy recent visited India to give a number of talks.

Jiannis' trip included a series of pedagogical lectures on Topological Quantum Information, which is an area of research that Jiannis is heavily involved in. Further information can be found here on Jiannis' group page.

In addition to this series of talks, Jiannis was invited to give a Colloquium to the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), which is located in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. The Insitute opened in 2006 and facilitates the synergy between research and higher education in science. Jiannis completed his Indian visit by giving a talk at the Current Trends in Condensed Matter Physics (CTCMP 2015), which is a cluster of topological meetings based on CTCMP.

School of Maths Colloquium

26 January 2015

4pm Tuesday 27th January, 2015 - Roger Stevens 21


Professor Sir Michael Berry (University of Bristol)

Divergent series: from Thomas Bayes’s bewilderment to today’s resurgence via the rainbow


Abstract: It is important to understand divergent series, because most series encountered in physical applications diverge. Following the discovery by Bayes in 1747 that Stirling’s series for the factorial is divergent, the study of asymptotic series has today reached the stage of enabling summation of the divergent tails of many series with an accuracy far beyond that of the smallest term. Several of these advances sprang from developments of Airy’s theory of waves near optical caustics such as the rainbow. Key understandings by Euler, Stokes, Dingle and Écalle unify the different series corresponding to different parameter domains, culminating in the concept of resurgence: quantifying the way in which the low orders of such series reappear in the high orders.


PhD positions available!

16 January 2015

The School of Physics and Astronomy is currently advertising six additional PhD positions in Leeds:



Application deadline is the 16th of February.


First conference of 2015

6 January 2015

The 4th Annual CCP-BioSim Conference kicks off tomorrow at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Dr Sarah Harris, from the School of Physics and Astronomy is the Principal Organiser behind the conference and will be introducing the conference to all delegates.

The conference runs from 7th – 9th January 2015 and will include a range of speakers from across the World. Speakers include, Grubmuller, Hang, Stott and Dougan.

Dr Lorna Dougan is an Associate Professor in the School and will be discussing “Single molecule studies of proteins from extremophile organisms”.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

White Rose Meeting

23 December 2014

The next White Rose meeting will be held at the University of Leeds. As usual, we will have talks with speakers from York, Leeds, Bradford, and Sheffield.

When: 10:30 - 17:00 on the 7th of January 2015

Where: Fairbairn House, Upper Chappel 1.04a, University of Leeds campus

Programme: The up-to-date programme can be found on this webpage.

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