Particle Physics Theory Town Meeting John Womersley STFC Chief Executive 18 December 2013. STFC’s role – a reminder. Our Vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.
Particle Physics Theory
STFC Chief Executive
18 December 2013
Our Vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.
We deliver our mission through three distinct but interrelated functions:
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In the coming decade we expect to directly detect, for the first time, gravitational waves from distant cosmic phenomena
Exploitation of ground-based Gravitational Wave Detectors
Advanced LIGO (inc LIGO-India)
David Willetts at MeerKAT site, Karoo, South Africa
European Extremely Large Telescope
Conventional widefield image
Super-resolution (dSTORM) image
Collaboration with UCL group (Ian Robinson) based in RCaH investigating chromosome structure using lasers and X-ray imaging on Diamond. Advanced labelling techniques allow high labelling density of dyes suitable for super-resolution imaging.
dSTORM uses localization of single fluorescent molecules to build up an image at sub-50 nm resolution. The first of a number of super-resolution techniques to be commissioned on Octopus. 3D super-resolution to follow (funded by MRC).
International Panel Review of ISIS
STFC joined as an Associate Partner in FAIR in May 2013
BIS Strategic Review
Centres of Excellence
Triennial Review Implementation
TR Implementation Group (TRIG)
“We are making difficult decisions on things like welfare so that we can invest in areas like science”
The Higgs Innovation Centre
Investment to secure the UK’s science base and take the lead in cutting-edge science and technology
The centre will provide cutting edge academic instrumentation and big data capabilities to support high tech start ups and academic researchers specialising in astronomy and particle physics
Developing Sci-Tech Daresbury
Developing Harwell Oxford
STFC Impact Report 2013
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