Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

14 August 2017

Professors Julia Yeomans

Professors Julia Yeomans who has been elected to serve on the Council of the Royal Society.

15 July 2017

2017 EPS DPP prize awarded to Justin Ball

Justin Ball, student of Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics has been awarded a 2017 EPS DPP PhD Research Award for his study of the effect of plasma boundary shape on driving intrinsic rotation in the tokamak, and more generally on the confinement properties.

More information can be found here.

4 July 2017

Four Royal Society University Research Fellowships for Physics

The Royal Society has announced the appointment of 43 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2017. The University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding early career scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. The scheme is extremely competitive and URFs are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships, and many have gone on to enjoy significant national or international recognition for their work.

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.

8 May 2017

Professor Myles Padgett, Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy and Vice Principal (Research), University of Glasgow 26 May (3.30pm): ‘Ghost Imaging with Quantum Light’

Professor Myles Padgett, Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy and Vice Principal (Research), University of Glasgow
26 May (3.30pm): ‘Ghost Imaging with Quantum Light’
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, followed by tea/coffee in the Clarendon Labs Common Room

Ghost imaging and ghost diffraction were first demonstrated by Shih and co-workers using photon pairs created by parametric down-conversion. They were able to obtain an image or a diffraction pattern using photons that had never interacted with the object, relying instead on the correlations with photons that have.

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.

4 April 2017

Congratulations Subir Sarkar!

Many congratulations to Subir Sarkar who has been awarded the IUPAP-TIFR Homi Bhabha Medal and Prize 2017.

This prize is awarded for distinguished contributions in high energy cosmic ray physics and astro-particle physics.

You can read more here

Morning of Theoretical Physics: 'Ripples in spacetime: the discovery of gravitational waves'

6 May 2017 - 10:30am

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