28 January 2015
The Physics Department is sad to announce the death of Professor Roger Cowley.
Roger was Dr Lee’s Professor of Experimental Philosophy and Fellow of Wadham College from 1988 to 2007.
He served two spells as Chairman of Physics, from 1993 to 1996 and then from 1998 to 2002.
The 9th Hintze Lecture - Professor Scott Ransom - Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars, and Black Holes: The Wickedly Cool Stellar Undead
Professor Scott Ransom US National Radio Astronomy Observatory will give the 9th Hintze Lecture.
"Millisecond Pulsars, Magnetars, and Black Holes: The Wickedly Cool Stellar Undead"
Abstract: The most massive stars burn the fastest and brightest and die spectacularly, exploding as supernovae and leaving behind some of the most fantastic objects in the Universe: neutron stars and black holes.
2 October 2014
Each month, the American Physical Society's Committee for the Status of Women in Physics recognizes a female physicist who is making an impact in the physics community. Jena Meinecke, a graduate student in Atomic and Laser Physics, is October's Woman Physicist. Full story at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/womanmonth/2014.cfm
3 September 2014
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
26 June 2014
The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.
An international team, including Oxford University scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes.
"Development of an advanced scanning transmission electron microscope for material science research" by Dr Naoya Shibata, The University of Tokyo
Understanding the atomic-scale structures of surfaces and interfaces is essential to control the functional properties of many materials and devices. Recent advances in aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) have made possible the direct characterization of localized atomic structures in materials, especially at interfaces.
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.
3 June 2014
Congratulations to Dr Joseph Conlon, who has been awarded the 2014 Oxford University Student Union (OUSU)'Outstanding tutor' Award for Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS).
The Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards are an opportunity to recognise really great teaching, and student support in Oxford.
University of Oxford
"How the Universe Evolved From Smooth to Lumpy -- the Physics of Galaxy Formation"
Professor Eliot Quataert
University of California, Berkeley Astronomy Department
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 5pm
(to be seated by 4.50pm)
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Parks Road, Oxford
THIS LECTURE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the foyer of the Martin Wood
Abstract: The infant Universe was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its proper