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Short Range Test of the Newton’s Inverse Square Law of Gravitation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Arguably the deepest mystery in modern physics lies in the relationship between gravitation and the other known interactions. Experimental tests of Isaac Newton’s laws of gravitation in the laboratory can play an important role in testing new theoretical ideas that may help resolve this mystery. In Birmingham we have a world leading group that follows in the footsteps of J.H.Poynting who famously weighed the Earth in the 1890’s and was our first professor of physics. We are developing an experimental test of the inverse square law for separations of matter at a range down to 15 micrometers. A violation, if detected, could imply that our Universe contains 5 spatial dimensions and not 3! We will be effectively searching for new interactions at energies that are higher than those attained at the Large Hadron Collider.
Our project, which is reaching its final stages is pioneering new methods of measuring weak forces that will have applications in other research fields. A research student would learn practical skills in low temperature physics, optics, electronics and mechanics as well as addressing one of the most fundamental questions in Nature.

Funding Notes

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more.

Non-UK Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 39.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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