Past Events for Research

6 Jun 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Progress in astronomy is driven by discovery which often arises from the application of a new telescope or instrument. Now that detectors capture almost all the light incident on them, astronomers are planning a generation of giant telescopes 10-25 times larger than those in use today. I will describe these developments and trace the origins of the crucial technologies on which they, and the instruments that will exploit them, rely.

31 May 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Terahertz Wave Detection Based on Low-Dimensional Electron Systems

Dr Yukio Kawano

Tokyo Institute of Technology

In this talk, Dr Kawano gives the advantageous properties of terahertz (THz) waves - permeability through objects opaque for visible light, the important energy spectrum in the meV range, etc. – which potentially enable various applications of imaging and spectroscopy in this band.

2 May 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This new student society aims to inform people about the challenges surrounding the supply and demand of energy, and climate change.

The Energy Soc Inaugural Seminar – and Post Seminar Drinks!

30 Apr 2012 - 9:30am to 2 May 2012 - 1:00pm

Talks will be aimed at a general audience, but they are likely to be controversial; speakers may well disagree over fundamentals. This miniseries is the first of several on philosophy of cosmology to take place in Oxford and Cambridge over the next two years.

Entry is free and all are welcome. We request that you REGISTER HERE if you plan to come in order to help us gauge numbers (for spaces and coffee). In the event that the venue is filled up, priority will be given to those who registered.

30 Apr 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Paul C. Canfield

Distinguished Professor and Robert Allen Wright
Chair of Physics                     
Senior Physicist, Ames Laboratory                     
Iowa State University, USA

27 Apr 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor P. James Peebles
Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Department of Physics, Princeton University

18 Apr 2012 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

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.

29 Mar 2012 - 2:00pm to 30 Mar 2012 - 4:00pm

The aim of this meeting is to discuss recent developments concerning searches for dark matter, as well as relevant astrophysical issues and particle phenomenology. On Thursday 29th March there will be a Half-day Meeting (2-6 pm) to take stock of the field, while Friday 30th March will be devoted to a Workshop (9 am-4 pm) concerning both theory and experiment.

19 Mar 2012 - 11:00am to 20 Mar 2012 - 3:30pm

The next bi-annual meeting of UK participants in the Cherenkov Telescope Array project will take place in the Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, on 19th and 20th March 2012. We will have one day of science-themed talks and one day of technical-themed talks with plenty of time for interactive discussions.

Younger members of the collaboration, and Oxford physics department members with interests in high-energy astrophysics, astroparticle physics, electronics, and telescope design and construction, are particularly encouraged to attend.

4 Jan 2012 (All day) to 8 Jan 2012 (All day)

The UK-Japan Winter Schools have been held since 1999. Every year the focus is on a special topic. The aim of the School is to bring together Japanese and UK scientists, in particular young researchers and students from mathematics and mathematical physics, in a relaxing and stimulating atmosphere.

The 2012 School is devoted to geometry, mathematical physics and mathematical aspects of string theory. As in the previous UK-Japan Schools, there will be three main lecture courses as well as five one-hour review lectures from the experts in the field.