The 13th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Spergel, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy, Princeton Unversity, on Thursday 10th November 2016 @ 17:30 in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.
Title: Our Simple but Strange Universe
Abstract "Observations of the microwave background, the left-over heat from the big bang, the large-scale distribution of galaxies and the properties of distant supernova have led to a remarkable simple model for our universe.
Stargazing Oxford returns on the 16th January 2016 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
Last year over 1000 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe.
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.
1 December 2016
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.
29 November 2016
This immersive 360 degree video lets you join in a planetary observing trip using some of the world's best telescopes in Hawaii.
To view on a regular screen, you can click and drag in the video frame to look in any direction. For an immersive experience, view the video using a virtual reality headset.
Stargazing Oxford returns on the 28th January 2017 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
Last year over 1200 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe.
The Department of Physics is delighted to present the exhibition
‘New Eyes on the Universe: Science of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and SNOLab*’.
The exhibit tells the story of how Nobel Prize winning results from Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the experiments currently underway at SNOLAB are providing new insights and pushing frontiers in particle astrophysics.
Visit the Barton Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday 19th November for a day of space themed fun! Games, model-making, face-painting, kids' crafts, flash talks, infra-red camera, planetarium (from 2pm) and MORE! Meet space scientists and learn about study and careers in the UK Space Industry.
This drop-in event is free. Sign-up for planetarium and talk tickets will be open 30 min prior to each show on the day of the event.
Dr Colin Wilson, Physics, Oxford
Is there, or was there ever, life on Mars?
Can humans one day go to Mars (and come back safely)?
On the 19 October, two European spacecraft will arrive at Mars. The Trace Gas Orbiter will, as the name suggests, go into orbit and will map gases like methane, whose presence in the Martian atmosphere is still unexplained.
4 July 2016
Volunteers around the world are helping Oxford scientists searching for relatives of the Higgs boson … using just their eyes!
Today, 4th July 2016, the Higgs boson celebrates its fourth birthday. Remarkably, over the last two of those years, more than twenty thousand amateur scientists from 179 countries have been collaborating to look for its siblings.