# Theoretical physics

# Sir Martin Wood Prize Lecture

**Title:**

Effective field measurements and spin torque dynamics in magnetic nanostructures

The Sir Martin Wood Prize is awarded annually by the Millenium Science Forum to a young researcher from a Japanese University of Research Institute who has performed outstanding research in the area of condensed matter science. The prize is named after Sir Martin Wood, Founder of Oxford Instruments.

# The Hintze Lecture ‘The Quantum Universe’ by Prof Hitoshi Murayama

The 10th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor Hitoshi Murayama, Director, Kavli Institute for the Physics & Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), The University of Tokyo.

Title: The Quantum Universe

Abstract:

Where do we come from? Science is making progress on this age-old question of humankind. The Universe was once much smaller than the size of an atom. Small things mattered in the small Universe, where quantum physics dominated the scene. To understand the way the Universe is today, we have to solve remaining major puzzles.

# 55th Cherwell-Simon Memorial Lecture 2015

**Professor Charles Kane**, Class of 1965 Endowed Term Chair & Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania will deliver the 55th Cherwell-Simon Lecture.

**Title**

Topological Boundary Modes from Quantum Electronics to Classical Mechanics

**Abstract:**

Over the past several years, our understanding of topological electronic phases of matter has advanced dramatically. A paradigm that has emerged is that insulating electronic states with an energy gap fall into distinct topological classes.

3 March 2015

# Soft-matter students sweep conference prizes

On 26th February at the 7th annual student conference of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Arnold Mathijssen won the £100 prize for the best presentation while Rachel Bennett won the prize for the best poster.

23 October 2014

# Oxford Master Course in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

From the academic year 2015/16, Oxford Physics and Oxford Mathematics will jointly offer a new masters level course in mathematical and theoretical physics. Students from outside Oxford can apply to join the MSc mode of the course and will study for an MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics. Oxford MPhys, MMath or MPhysPhil students will be able to apply for transfer to the MMathPhys mode of the course after their third year and study mathematical and theoretical physics in their fourth year, instead of following the fourth year of their original degree course.

23 September 2014

# ATLAS Supersymmetry workshop in Oxford

The Higgs boson is just the start. With the collision energy of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) about to increase from 8 to 13 TeV, the search for other, as-yet-unobserved particles will soon be on.

This week, 140 physicists from around the world are meeting in St Catherine's College, Oxford, to plan their new-particle search strategies with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.

20 August 2014

# Ramin Golestanian wins the 2014 Holweck Medal

The Holweck Medal for 2014 has been awarded to Professor Ramin Golestanian "for his pioneering contributions to the field of active soft matter, particularly microscopic swimmers and active colloids." The gold medal and a prize of Eu3000 is awarded by the Société Française de Physique, and was presented to Professor Golestanian at a ceremony in Paris on August 27.

# Massive Black Holes and Galaxies

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

doubt.

25 June 2014

# Prof Steve Simon wins MPLS Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Prof Steve Simon, who has been awarded a 2014 MPLS Divisional Teaching Award.

The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic).

# Special Seminar : Detection of B-mode Polarization at Degree Scales using BICEP2, Clem Pryke

Special Seminar : Clem Pryke, University of Minnesota & Co-lead, BICEP2

The BICEP2 collaboration has recently reported detection of B-mode polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) anisotropy. BICEP2 observed for three years from the South Pole in Antarctica making an ultra deep map at 150 GHz of a 380 square degree patch of sky. Extracting the B-mode of the polarization pattern a >5 sigma excess is found over the standard cosmological model at angular scales of a few degrees. Internal consistency tests demonstrate that systematics are small compared to the observed excess.