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May 2012 – Royal Irish Academy honours DIAS Academics

Two of DIAS’s top academics were recently admitted as new Members of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor Felix Aharonian (Cosmic Physics) and Professor Denjoe O’Connor (Theoretical Physics) were among only 22 academics on the island of Ireland to… Read More

June 2012 – What have Captain Cook, Charles Mason of Mason-Dixon Line fame, and Ireland Got in Common?

On June 6th 2012, weather permitting, Ireland will witness a transit of Venus when the planet will cross in front of the Sun. Transits of Venus are very rare and if you don’t see this one, you will… Read More

May 2012 – First instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is completed and handed over to NASA.

Instruments that will be used on the James Webb Space Telescope were developed by scientists led by Prof. Tom Ray, from the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section, School of Cosmic Physics.

May 2012 – New Book Published by Prof. Alan G. Jones, School of Cosmic Physics

The Magnetotelluric Method: Theory and Practice was published this month by Cambridge University Press. It was co-written and co-edited by Professor Alan G. Jones (Geophysics Section, School of Cosmic Physics). The magnetotelluric method is a technique for imaging… Read More

May 2012 – SFI SIRG award for Dr. Nicola Piana Agostinetti

Dr. Nicola Piana Agostinetti was awarded one of Science Foundation Ireland’s highly prestigious Starting Investigator Research Grants (SIRG) to work with Professor Sergei Lebedev undertaking studies of Ireland’s geothermal energy potential in collaboration with the IRETHERM project (www.iretherm.ie)… Read More

September 2012 – Gothenburg Lise Meitner prize awarded to DIAS Professor

Professor Werner Nahm, School of Theoretical Physics, was awarded the 2012 Gothenburg Lise Meitner prize by the Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg on 14 September 2012. The nomination in particular refers to Professor Nahm’s… Read More

March 2012 – DIAS Geophysics Scholar Wins Best Student Talk Prize

Andrew Schaeffer from the Geophysics section of the School of Cosmic Physics won the best student talk prize at the recent 2012 Irish Geological Research Meeting (IGRM). The 2012 IGRM took place at University College Cork from February… Read More

February 2012 – DIAS astronomer provides explanation for radiation detected from the Crab Pulsar

An explanation for recently detected radiation from the Crab Pulsar – one of the brightest persistent gamma-ray sources in the sky – is proposed in Nature this week. The pulses of very high-energy gamma-ray emission are ascribed to… Read More

26 January 2012 – Earthquake in Donegal

At 01:04am on January 26th the INSN seismic station IDGL in Donegal recorded a minor earthquake in the region north of Buncrana.

January 2012 – Werner Nahm – The Embedding of Quantum Field Theory in Mathematics

Professor Werner Nahm recently gave a talk entitled “The Embedding of Quantum Field Theory in Mathematics” during the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory Workshop in the Simon Center for Geometry on the 18th of January 2012.  Video… Read More