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  • Massive post-starburst galaxies at z > 1 are compact proto-spheroids 

    Almaini, Omar; Wild, Vivienne; Maltby, David T.; Hartley, William G.; Simpson, Chris; Hatch, Nina A.; McLure, Ross J.; Dunlop, James S.; Rowlands, Kate (2017-08-04) - Journal article
    We investigate the relationship between the quenching of star formation and the structural transformation of massive galaxies, using a large sample of photometrically-selected post-starburst galaxies in the UKIDSS UDS ...
  • Potential landscaping for ultracold atoms using holographic optical traps 

    Bowman, David; Harte, Tiffany; Ireland, Philip; Cassettari, Donatella; Bruce, Graham David (2017-07-28) - Conference item
    The development of new laser beam shaping methods is important in a variety of fields within optics, atomic physics and biophotonics. Spatial light modulators offer a highly versatile method of time-dependent beam shaping, ...
  • Student difficulties regarding symbolic and graphical representations of vector fields 

    Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; Baily, Charles; Kelly, Mossy; De Cock, Mieke (2017-08-16) - Journal article
    The ability to switch between various representations is an invaluable problem-solving skill in physics. In addition, research has shown that using multiple representations can greatly enhance a person’s understanding of ...
  • Narrow-band anisotropic electronic structure of ReS2 

    Biswas, D.; Ganose, Alex M.; Yano, R.; Riley, J. M.; Bawden, L.; Clark, O. J.; Feng, J.; Collins-Mcintyre, L.; Sajjad, M. T.; Meevasana, W.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Rault, J. E.; Sasagawa, T.; Scanlon, David O.; King, P. D. C. (2017-08-16) - Journal article
    We have used angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy to investigate the band structure of ReS2, a transition-metal dichalcogenide semiconductor with a distorted 1T crystal structure. We find a large number of narrow ...
  • Observation of hybrid Tamm-plasmon exciton-polaritons with GaAs quantum wells and a MoSe2 monolayer 

    Wurdack, Matthias; Lundt, Nils; Klaas, Martin; Baumann, Vasilij; Kavokin, Alexey; Höfling, Sven; Schneider, Christian (2017-08-15) - Journal article
    Strong light matter coupling between excitons and microcavity photons, as described in the framework of cavity quantum electrodynamics, leads to the hybridization of light and matter excitations. The regime of collective ...

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