Physics postgraduate student selected to attend Nobel Laureate Meeting
Posted on April 12, 2019
Mr Justin Harrison, a recent MSc graduate from the Department of Physics at the University of Pretoria (UP), is one of only 20 top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics later this year in Lindau, Germany. The Academy of Science of...
University of Pretoria astrophysicist part of team involved in capturing first black hole image
Posted on April 10, 2019
University of Pretoria (UP) astrophysicist Professor Roger Deane was part of the international group of scientists who have captured the first image of a black hole. His group worked to develop simulations of the complex, Earth-sized telescope used to make this historic discovery. These...
Astronomers capture first image of a black hole
Posted on April 10, 2019
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, (10 April) in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that...
Revolutionary times: How MeerKAT and Earth-sized telescopes are expanding our thinking
Posted on October 11, 2018
There was global excitement when MeerKAT, the biggest radio telescope in the world, was launched in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape in July. But few people could have been as excited as Professor Roger Deane, who heads up the University of Pretoria’s radio astronomy research team in the...
SARChI Chair awarded to Prof. M. Diale
Posted on June 14, 2018
Prof Mmantsae Moche Diale has been awarded a Research Chair in Clean and Green Energy by the NRF.
’Life would be tragic if it weren't funny’ – Stephen Hawking (1942–2018)
Posted on March 15, 2018
Stephen Hawking was one of those rare scientists whose communicative approach to theoretical physics helped to shape the popular understanding of the complex theories of relativity and the idea that black holes emit radiation.
Carbon Nanomaterials Group of the Physics Department, UP acquires new state-of-the-art confocal micro-Raman system
Posted on February 15, 2018
The Carbon Nanomaterials (CNM) Group headed by Prof Ncholu Manyala at the Physics Department have newly acquired the high performance WITec alpha300R confocal Raman system which has the capability of running Raman imaging, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy...
Interdisciplinary spring course on solar energy and photosynthesis
Posted on November 01, 2017
The Department of Physics hosted a highly successful postgraduate interdisciplinary course on solar energy and photosynthesis at the University of Pretoria during the October recess.