The School has an internationally recognised set of research programmes in astrophysics, condensed-matter physics, and photonics. Our work is carried out in modern laboratories in St Andrews, as well as at major international research facilities in the UK and abroad.

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Recent Submissions

  • Real-time conformational switching of single conjugated polymer chains in solution 

    Tenopala Carmona, Francisco; Fronk, Stephanie; Bazan, Guillermo C.; Samuel, Ifor David William; Penedo-Esteiro, Juan Carlos (2018-02-16) - Journal article
    Conjugated polymers (CPs) are an important class of organic semiconductors that combine novel optoelectronic properties with simple processing from organic solvents. It is important to study CP conformation in solution to ...
  • Controlling the gain contribution of background emitters in few-quantum-dot microlasers 

    Gericke, F; Segnon, M; von Helversen, M.M.; Hopfmann, M; Heindel, T; Schneider, C; Höfling, Sven; Kamp, M; Musiał, A; Porte, X; Gies, C; Reitzenstein, S (2018-02) - Journal article
    We provide experimental and theoretical insight into single-emitter lasing effects in a quantum dot (QD)-microlaser under controlled variation of background gain provided by off-resonant discrete gain centers. For that ...
  • Ultrafast Electronic Energy Transfer in an orthogonal molecular dyad 

    Wiebeler, Christian; Plasser, Felix; Hedley, Gordon J.; Ruseckas, Arvydas; Samuel, Ifor D. W.; Schumacher, Stefan (2017-03-02) - Journal article
    Understanding electronic energy transfer (EET) is an important ingredient in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems and photovoltaic technologies. Although EET is at the heart of these applications and crucially ...
  • An integrated perspective on RNA aptamer ligand-recognition models : clearing muddy waters 

    McCluskey, K.; Penedo, J. Carlos (2017-03-14) - Journal item
    Riboswitches are short RNA motifs that sensitively and selectively bind cognate ligands to modulate gene expression. Like protein receptor-ligand pairs, their binding dynamics are traditionally categorized as following one ...
  • X-ray radiative transfer in protoplanetary disks : The role of dust and X-ray background fields 

    Rab, Ch.; Güdel, M.; Woitke, P.; Kamp, I.; Thi, W-F; Min, M.; Aresu, G.; Meijerink, R. (2018-01-18) - Journal article
    Context. The X-ray luminosities of T Tauri stars are about two to four orders of magnitude higher than the luminosity of the contemporary Sun. As these stars are born in clusters, their disks are not only irradiated by ...

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