News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
13 April 2017
A MECHANICAL ROUTE TO CELL DEATH
By exploiting analogies to ‘active’ liquid crystals Oxford theoretical physicists have contributed to discovering a mechanical mechanism controlling the extrusion of dying cells from layers of tissue.
6 April 2017
Congratulations to Luke Ceurvorst who recently won the best poster prize at the 44th IoP Plasma Physics Conference on channelling results from OMEGA EP.
4 April 2017
Morning of Theoretical Physics 'Ripples in spacetime: the discovery of gravitational waves '
Prof James Binney FRS: From action at a distance to gravitational waves
Prof Subir Sarkar: The birth of gravitational wave astronomy
Prof John March-Russell: Exploring the very early universe with gravitational waves
More information, abstracts and how to book available here
6 March 2017
Prof Howard Milchberg, University of Maryland
10 Mar: ‘Spatio-temporal Optical Vortices’
3.30pm in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
21 February 2017
Physics Colloquia Series Presents: Prof Tom McLeish FRS, Durham University 'Learning new physics from a medieval thinker: Big Bangs and Rainbows’
Friday, 24th February 2017 at 15:30
14 February 2017
Physics Colloquia Series – Astor Lecture
Plasma physics helps in establishing an upper bound for the photon mass
Dr. Dmitri D. Ryutov
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 at 14.00
14 February 2017
Friday Physics Colloquia Series Presents (17 Feb): Professor Valerio Scarani, Centre for Quantum Technologies and National University of Singapore
‘The applied side of Bell nonlocality’
Friday, 17 February 2017 at 15:30
1 February 2017
Friday Physics Colloquia Series Presents: Professor Val Gibson, Cambridge, 'The Beauty of Flavour - Latest results from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider’
Professor Val Gibson, Cambridge, will present this Friday’s Physics Colloquium entitled ‘The Beauty of Flavour - Latest results from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider’ at the usual time of 3.30pm in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre (3 February 2017). Tea & Coffee will follow in the Clarendon Labs Common Room.
23 January 2017
Physics Colloquia Series Presents: 27 January 2017: Prof Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich; From Materials to Cosmology: Studying the early universe under the microscope
The behaviour of the early universe just after the Big Bang is one of the most intriguing basic questions in all of science, and is extraordinarily difficult to answer because of insurmountable issues associated with replaying the Big Bang in the laboratory. One route towards the answer -- which lies at the intersection between cosmology and materials physics -- is to use laboratory materials to test the so-called "Kibble-Zurek" scaling laws proposed for the formation of defects such as cosmic strings in the early universe.