Professor Nick Braithwaite talks about his research into plasma including its use in advanced manufacturing. Nick also discusses his involvement in the developing field of online science.

Dr Silvia Bergamini discusses her research into quantum mechanics and the importance of using super-cold atoms.

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Dr Mandy Bailey

I never dreamt I would do the things I have, the observing residential school in Mallorca was a turning point – I knew then what I really wanted to do.

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FUSION is the Open University Physics & Astronomy society. They organise regular events of interest to members, have a regular newsletter and Facebook group. They welcome current and past students or anyone with a general interest in physics and astronomy.

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Watch our 60 second adventures in microgravity series. Funded by the UK space Agency, Narrated by David Mitchell

Motion under gravity

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'Motion under gravity' (4 hours study)

Describing motion along a line

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'Describing motion along a line' (15 hours study)

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In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.

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