26 February 2014
The University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys has been established with the help of a £1.5m gift from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation established by businessman and philanthropist Sir Michael Hintze.
13 January 2014
The Fowler Prize in Astronomy has been awarded to Dr Joanna Dunkley from Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.
Joanna has played a leading role in a number of high profile experiments measuring anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background. These include the NASA WMAP satellite, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and most recently, the ESA Planck satellite. A key characteristic of her research is her application of advanced statistical techniques to complex data.
4 December 2013
Professor Daniela Bortoletto* (Particle Physics) has been elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
21 November 2013
IceCube provides first evidence for high-energy neutrinos of astrophysical origin
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a giant particle detector buried in the Antarctic icecap, is a demonstration of the power of the human passion for discovery, where scientific ingenuity meets technological innovation. Today, nearly 25 years after the pioneering idea of detecting neutrinos in ice, the IceCube Collaboration announces the observation of 28 very high-energy particle events that constitute the first solid evidence for astrophysical neutrinos from cosmic accelerators.
The Hintze Lecture Series
Professor Christopher Reynolds, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland
‘The role of black holes in galaxy evolution’
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 5pm
Abstract: Almost all galaxies possess a massive black hole at their centre. Despite being a thousand times less massive than the galaxy and a billion times smaller in size, we now believe that these black holes are major players in the story of how galaxies evolve.
The Physics Department Carol Service will be held this year on Friday 20th December at 4:00 pm in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin followed by wine and mince pies in the Church.
As always, family and friends are all welcome to attend.
To let us know you are coming, please email alumni [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Any member of the Department who would like to sing in the choir should contact Jim Williamson, AOPP, 72906, ejw [at] atm [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk. Good sight reading is essential and practice time is minimal.
Hope to see you there!
14 October 2013
Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for devising a mechanism to generate mass in gauge theories, and for predicting the existence of a new scalar boson resulting from this mechanism.
Nearly 50 years after the seminal papers written separately by Peter Higgs and by Francois Englert and Robert Brout, a boson with properties consistent with their predictions was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Oxford Climate Research Network and Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship present a series of talks for students, staff and members of the public, and an opportunity to ask questions, about the latest Assessment of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with contributions from members of the the Department of Physics.
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10 October 2013
18 September 2013