4 October 2016
Michael Kosterlitz, who carried out his DPhil at Brasenose College between 1966 and 1969, was today named a Nobel Laureate for his pioneering work to help reveal the secrets of exotic phases of matter that were hitherto unknown.
Professor Kosterlitz, now of Brown University in the US, shared half the prize with Professor Duncan Haldane of Princeton University, USA, with the other half going to Professor David Thouless of the University of Washington, USA.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physics, cited the three scientists' 'theoretical discoveries of
6 June 2016
Supersymmetric theories predicts particles that could help explain the mysterious dark matter in our universe, and which can be produced at the LHC, so they are well worth pursuing.
6 May 2016
Colloquia Series Trinity Term 2016: Lobanov- Rostovsky Lecture - Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert - “The origins and evolution of exoplanet astmospheres and oceans”
Atmospheres are dynamic entities, formed from the volatile substances that accrete when a planet is formed and later in its history, cooked out in the hot-high pressure interior of the planet, and exchanging with the interior through crustal processes (for planets which have a solid surface) or mixing into the deep interior (for fluid planets). Loss of atmosphere to space is also a major mechanism whereby the chemical composition of entire planets evolve.
Colloquia Series Trinity Term 2016: Professor Bruce Remington - “Frontier Science on the National Ignition Facility (NIF)”
The combination of high energy density (HED) facilities around the world spanning microjoules to megajoules, with time scales ranging from femtoseconds to microseconds, enables new regimes of plasma science to be experimentally probed. The ability to shock and ramp compress samples at Mbar pressures and simultaneously probe them allows dense, strongly coupled, Fermi degenerate plasmas relevant to planetary interiors, as well as solid-state lattice dynamics and plastic flows, to be studied.
22 April 2016
Oxford Physics Colloquia Series Michaelmas Term 2016
The following lectures will be given at 3.30pm on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, unless otherwise stated. Tea will be served in the Common Room at 4.30 pm.
24 February 2016
On 11 February 2016, the weekly seminar of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics was devoted to a celebration of the work of Richard H Dalitz FRS (1925-2006) who founded the group in 1963. His distinguished ex-students Frank Close (DPhil 1969) and Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith FRS (DPhil 1971) gave accounts of the seminal contributions Dick made to our understanding of the fundamental structure of matter.
The Final Dennis Sciama Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Deutsch FRS on Thursday 3rd March 2016 @ 17:30 in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.
27 January 2016
11 January 2016
The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded the Winton Capital Award in astronomy for 2016 to Dr Ralph Schoenrich of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. The prize of £1000 is given annually to the post-doctoral researcher working in the UK whose career show the most promise within 5 years of their PhD examination. Dr Schoenrich works to understand the structure and history of our Galaxy. He has both pioneered new ways to model Galactic evolution and invented new techniques for analysing survey data.