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Spring Party

The department of physics and astronomy organizes the spring party on Thursday,
May 28, at 6 pm at the Kaffe Ångström. There will be food, drinks and live music!
The party is open to all employees at the Department and you can bring a quest with you.

If you are interested to come, please fill the following form (before May 15):

If you have any questions or suggestion regarding the party, please contact Giuseppe
Dibitetto (

Galaxkannibalism i P3:s Institutet

Astrofysikern Andreas Korn, Avdelning för astronomi och rymdfysik, förklarar i SR:s program "Institutet" vad galaxkannibalism är. Lyssna själv:

New ALMA image shows close interaction between Mira and its companion

Studying red giant stars tells astronomers about the future of the Sun and about how previous generations of stars spread the elements needed for life across the Universe. One of the most famous red giants in the sky is called Mira and lies about 400 light-years from Earth. Sofia Ramstedt is leading an international project to study binary red giant stars with ALMA and Mira is part of that study. The new high-resolution images reveal the close interaction between Mira and its companion. Despite their rather large separation, the two stars have had a strong effect on one another and the new images demonstrate how double stars can influence their environments and leave clues for what will be their future fate.

The image has been selected as ESO’s picture of the week:

Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education.

The International Commission on Physics Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder's outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa. He moved to Uppsala University in 2000, becoming the first Professor of Physics Education Research in Sweden, while still retaining his professorship at the University of the Western Cape.

The latest on Active Galactic Nuclei (reported in Nature Physics)

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are fuelled by super-massive black holes residing in their centres, making them the most luminous (now extinct) galaxies in the universe. As part of her PhD thesis, Beatriz Villarroel has studied neighbours to two major types of AGN, to gain more insight into similarities and differences between theses types. According to a geometrical unification theory dating back to the 1980s, these two types are intrinsically similar objects, observed from different viewing angles (Type-1: pole-on; Type-2: edge-on). The present work identifies systematic differences in neighbours to Type-1 and Type-2 AGN, clearly showing that there are environmental (thus likely evolutionary) circumstances that influence the appearance of the AGN phenomenon.

Sök senast 15 april

Sista ansökningsdag till höstens utbildningar är 15 april. Du gör din ansökan på

Efter 15 april stänger anmälan till Uppsala universitets utbildningar. 15 juli öppnar sen anmälan,
men bara för program och kurser där det kan finnas platser kvar.

ESA's billion-star Galactic Surveyor 'Gaia' successfully launched

After seven years of preparation, the ESA cornerstone mission Gaia was successfully launched from French Guyana at 1012 h (CET) on the 19th of December. It is now on its way to Lagrange point 2, 1.5 million kilometers outside Earth's orbit.

Several scientists from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have had active roles in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), a team of some 400 scientists around Europe which has prepared the software side of the mission. Soon, this software will be put to the test on actual Gaia data. This moment is of course anxiously awaited.

Colloquium Nobel Prize in Physics


Today at 15:15
in Siegbahnsalen

is presented by Gunnar Ingelman

Division for Molecular and Condensed matter physics announces seven PhD positions

Applications are submitted through the university registration system found via the following link:

Announcement at Uppsala University web server.

  • Application deadline: May 5, 2013
  • Starting date: July 7, 2013 or according to aggrement.