The 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture
Professor James Binney
Department of Physics, Merton College and All Souls Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford
Galaxies and the intergalactic medium
Cosmology tells us that most "ordinary" matter such as we are made of is not in stars or in the interstellar media of galaxies. So it must lie between galaxies. In rich clusters of galaxies it is so dense and so hot that its thermal X-ray emission has long been detected.
20 March 2014
Congratulations to Professor Guy Wilkinson who has been elected Spokesperson of the LHCb collaboration. The experiment, located at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, is a multi-national particle-physics collaboration involving 67 institutes from 16 countries with over 1000 members. The experiment is making precision studies of CP violation and rare decays of beauty and charm (“heavy flavour”) hadrons and is searching for signatures of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Guy will take up his 3-year term of office from July this year.
An annual interdisciplinary forum to bring together physicists, chemists, materials scientists and theoreticians in and around Oxford to advance the science and promote direct collaboration between groups interested in novel quantum materials and phenomena. This meeting is organized by the Quantum Materials group in Condensed Matter Physics.
For registration please follow the web link below.
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.