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21 June 2017

David Ryan Prize 2017

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that second year postgraduate student, Timothy Crothers, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2017 for the best presentation by a second year student at the annual poster session.

Many congratulations Tim.

20 June 2017

Industry plans in the news

The latest Oxford Physics Newsletter includes an article on our new initiatives to engage with industry. We'd be delighted to hear your views on our plans and welcome input as we develop upcoming events to help industry access our skills, knowledge, technologies and facilities.

Oxford Physics Newsletter


19 June 2017

Congratulations Katherine Blundell

Professor Katherine Blundell is appointed OBE for services to astronomy and the education of young people.

14 June 2017

Physics Newsletter Spring 2017

Physics Newsletter Spring 2017

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.

12 June 2017

First detection of the 670µm water transition in space

We presented the first detection of the 670µm water transition in space in A&A, 601, L3. This transition can be used to trace the infrared radiation in the nucleus of galaxies providing key information on dust obscured events like the growth of supermassive black holes or extreme bursts of star-formation. This will help us to understand how galaxies evolve from star-forming spirals, like the Milky Way, to dead elliptical galaxies.
fig_sp.jpg670µm water emission detected in a nearby galaxy

6 June 2017

First Sam Edwards Thesis Prize awarded to Arnold Mathijssen

Congratulations to Arnold Mathijssen of the Rudolf Peierls Centre who has been awarded the first Sam Edwards Thesis Prize by the Institute of Physics Theory of Condensed Matter Group. The thesis describes research on the “Hydrodynamics of Microswimmers in Complex Fluids and Environments”. Arnold graduated last summer and now holds an HFSP cross-disciplinary Fellowship at Stanford.

2 June 2017

Ramin Golestanian awarded the EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize

The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics (EPJE) has awarded Iranian physicist Ramin Golestanian the 2017 EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize. Ramin was selected for his outstanding theoretical contributions to the physics of microswimmers and their hydrodynamic interactions which have led to a series of exciting new discoveries and stimulated the development of the field of active matter.

How to Make a Supernova

21 Jun 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)

IOP Oxford Physics Lectures

On 21st June the Institute of Physics and Oxford University Physics Department will be hosting Dr. Jena Meinecke, Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University. Jena will report on the first experimental measurements of seed magnetic fields in laser-produced shock waves via the "Biermann battery" process.

Tea and coffee will be served from 18:30 with the talk beginning at 19:00.

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18 May 2017

Prof Stephen Blundell - Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award

Congratulations to Prof Stephen Blundell who is a recipient of the Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award (MPLS) at the OUSU Teaching Awards ceremony held on 11 May 2017.

Information on other awards winners can be viewed here