QUANTUM GAMES AND QUANTUM INFORMATION
Professor Anton Zeilinger
University of Vienna and Scientific Director of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
A quantum magician can play tricks that defy our classical imagination. For example, futuristic quantum dice rolled at an arbitrary distance can show the same number, or quantum balls hidden under a cup can exhibit colors impossible in any classical scenario.
Our Violent Solar System: Planetary Impacts and Meteors
Dr. Leigh Fletcher
Cataclysmic impacts in the distant past shaped the surfaces of the Earth, Moon, terrestrial planets and satellites. These enormous collisions are rare, but threaten the very existence of life on Earth. Smaller-scale impacts are frequently seen on the lunar surface, on Jupiter, and as meteors on Earth. Comets regularly visit the inner solar system, dazzling us with their brilliant tails.
Prof. Reinhard Genzel
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
University of California, Berkeley
Evidence has been accumulating for several decades that many galaxies harbor
central mass concentrations that may be in the form of black holes with masses
between a few million to a few billion time the mass of the Sun. I will discuss
measurements over the last two decades, employing adaptive optics imaging and
spectroscopy on large ground-based telescopes that prove the existence of such
a massive black hole in the Center of our Milky Way, beyond any reasonable
26 June 2014
The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.
An international team, including Oxford University scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes.
This event has unfortuantly been cancelled.
Any questions please contact s [dot] owen [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.
Graduate Student Competition
An evening of bite-sized physics presentations for the public
A showcase of research at Oxford Physics through six exciting bite-sized presentations delivered by graduate research students. Covering topics from Space, Solar Cells, Climate Science and Dark Matter. There is certainly something that will capture the attention of anyone from school children to adult science enthusiasts.
University of Oxford
"How the Universe Evolved From Smooth to Lumpy -- the Physics of Galaxy Formation"
Professor Eliot Quataert
University of California, Berkeley Astronomy Department
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 5pm
(to be seated by 4.50pm)
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Parks Road, Oxford
THIS LECTURE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the foyer of the Martin Wood
Abstract: The infant Universe was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its proper
Come along to hear two short talks about particle physics. There will be plenty of time for questions and hands-on stalls set up in the foyer to explore the topics further after the talks (from 7pm).
Introduction to particle accelerators and detectors (20min)
Prof Tony Weidberg
I will discuss the principles of how particle accelerators work with a simple demonstration and look at some examples from the LHC. I will then explain some of the key ideas used to make particle detectors and show some examples.
Bringing the Solar System down to Earth: Generating planets and stars in the Lab
The Solar system plays host to a remarkable range of conditions. From the icy depths of Uranus and Neptune to the burning heart of the Sun, scientists are working on understanding the inner workings of our astrophysical neighbours. But despite our best efforts, many mysteries remain. What are the planets made of? Why does Saturn look so much younger than it’s neighbours?
1 May 2014
Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save it to a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview). Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education. We would welcome contributions to future newsletters from undergraduate or postgraduate alumni and previous members of the physics department.