From early 2016 we have successfully run the Strathclyde’s Physics Journal Club fortnightly with really good acceptance and collaboration from the students involved. The aim of this activity was to both give the chapter members the opportunity to present some of the relevant papers in their field or more broadly in general interest science and also enhance the communication with other students, learning and talking about physics in a relaxed atmosphere. As many of the students were lacking this kind of activities in their own groups, we provided this student-run platform with great success.
Throughout the year, we had the chance to learn about a whole variety of physics subjects from quantum optics to optogenetics. The participants ranging from 10 to 20 people with high regularity chaired at least one session during this period. The presentation was usually 20 to 30 minutes long, followed by an informal discussion with some refreshments.
We consider that this activity is helping to develop a vital skill for junior scientists which is the ability to efficiently analyse and present a high-profile scientific paper.
We regularly asked for feedback to our participants and adapted the sessions to their needs. The atmosphere was really friendly during the sessions and we are certain that this activity will remain valued by the students in the coming years.
Here is a list of the talks given by SCOPE members in the Journal Club meetings:
|Date||Presenters||Title of the Talk|
|27th July 2017||Fahim Habib||To Study Molecules with Free Electron Lasers|
|12th July 2017||Liam Walker||The New Wave of Pilot-wave Theory|
|28th June 2017||Maria Weikum||A biological laser out of a cell|
|26th April 2017||Liviu Chirondojan||A scalable neuristor built with Mott memristors|
|27th March 2017||Giorgio Battaglio||Measurument of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed-Radio Frequency Cavity in Vacuum|
|9th March 2017||Guanglei Xu||Recent Development from the IBM towards Quantum Computing|
|23rd February 2017||Shouvik Kanti Bhattacharya||A New Method in Gravational Lensing Used to Measure the Hubble Constant|
|8th December 2016||Maria Weikum||Physics of Beer Tapping|
|24th November 2016||Araceli Venegas Gomez||A Magnetic Wormhole|
|27th October 2016||Jorge Yago||Humans Running in Place on Water at Simulated Reduced Gravity
|21st September 2016||Antoine Boudet||High-speed recording of neural spikes in awake mice and f lies with a f luorescent voltage sensor|
|1st June 2016||Sharat Jawahar|
|10th May 2016||Lewis Reid||Analysis of wakefield electron orbits in plasma wiggler|
|26th April 2016||Maria Weikum||First lasing and operation of Angstrom-wavelength free-electron laser|
|13th April 2016||Anton Buyskikh||Quantum phase transition from asuperØuid to a Mott insulator ina gas of ultracold atoms|
|30th March 2016||Karolina Kokurewicz||Principle and applications of electron beams produced with laser plasma accelerators|
|16th March 2016||Rosaria Lena||Quantum clock: A critical discussion on spacetime|
|2nd March 2016||Sharat Jawahar||GW150914: The Advanced LIGO Detectors in the Era of First Discoveries|
|17th February 2016||Antoine Boudet||Millisecond-timescale, genetically targeted optical controlof neural activity|
|2nd February 2016||Jennifer Radtke||Experimental Realization of a Quantum Support Vector Machine|
|20th January 2016||Jorge Yago||Diamagnetic levitation: Flying frogs and floating magnets