Science

Physics

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Testing the fidelity of a quantum computer

 

Quantum computation is an exciting new field, promising an alternative to traditional computing electronics as they reach the atomic scale. Classical physics breaks down at this scale as quantum effects start to dominate, producing counter-intuitive results. This “quantum weirdness” can be harnessed to solve certain kinds of problems...
Aircraft
Aircraft wing design
Many industries globally are dependent on our understanding of aerodynamics, such as travel, freight, motorsports, and power generation. Accurate design and analysis of airfoils and wings allow us to increase the performance of aircraft, wind turbines, F1 cars etc. increasing the output (speed, power generation) and minimising costs. During this project students will design, manufacture, and experimentally test an airfoil...
Photonics
Tiny tractor beams – manipulating microscopic particles with light

A ‘tractor beam’ – physically manipulating an object using light or some other ray – is a science-fiction that has recently become a science-reality. In this project, we will explore the development of ‘Optical Tweezers’ – a LASER-based method of controlling microscopic objects that was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (2018). Students will learn the theory behind the tweezers, and design and conduct their own experiment investigating aspects of optical...

Star formation in the Orion region

Stars are born in large clouds of gas and dust known as nebulae. These so called ‘stellar nurseries’ are also home to the complex organic molecules that many believe to have seeded life on Earth. To further our understanding of star formation, scientists must consider the spatial distribution of stars, gas and dust in space. Students will undertake a multi-wavelength investigation of the Orion...