Physics Professor elected to Council of the Learned Society of Wales

Professor Mike Charlton of Swansea University has been elected to the Council of the Learned Society of Wales - the organisation which celebrates Welsh learning internationally and is a source of authoritative, scholarly and critical comment and advice on policy issues affecting Wales.

Mike CharltonProfessor Charlton who has been at the University for over 14 years is the head of Department of Physics, and also is Chair of Experimental Physics. He is part of a team of scientists from Swansea that are members of the ALPHA (Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) collaboration at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research).

The ALPHA experiment aims to compare hydrogen and antihydrogen, in order to study fundamental symmetries between matter and antimatter and to shed light on how the universe came about. The ALPHA collaboration has been able to create antihydrogen atoms, hold onto them for long periods of time, and perform first experiments measuring their spectral properties.

Professor Charlton said: “It is a great privilege to be elected to the Council of the Learned Society of Wales and I look forward to working with colleagues to help promote the role of the Society, and in particular its activities connected to science and its applications, both in Wales and beyond.”

To view Professor Charlton describing his work visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK4-79f0URU