Past Events

13 May 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Title: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

Professor Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University will deliver Oxford Physics 56th Cherwell-Simon Lecture. She will explore a speculative hypothesis in which the comet that may have triggered the mass extinction of the dinosaurs was dislodged from the Oort cloud at the edge of our solar system by a disk of dark matter.

Related Research

12 May 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The 3rd Workshop in the Physics of Fine Tuning - Stars, Galaxies, and the Multiverse will be held in Trinity College on Thursday 12th May 2016 from 14:00 - 16:00.

Speakers:
John Peacock (Edinburgh)
Observer Selection and Fine-Tuning Puzzles in Cosmology

Joe Silk (Oxford, IAP; John Hopkins)
The Limits of Cosmology

Adrianne Slyz (Oxford)
How do Galaxies know when, where and how quickly to form stars?

10 May 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The 12th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor Robert Kennicutt, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Title: Unveiling the Birth of Stars and Galaxies

6 May 2016 - 3:30pm

The Liouville equation describing a collection of charged particles is time-reversible. In the weakly coupled limit, one can reduce this equation to a Fokker-Planck equation, which is irreversible. The problem of the fate of electromagnetic field fluctuations in a plasma in the limit of very weak irreversibility was addressed by Landau, who demonstrated that as long as there are some collisions (even if very rare), and in the absence of sources, gradients, etc, typical field fluctuations are damped with an easily calculated "collisionless" damping rate -- this is Landau damping.

29 Apr 2016 - 8:45am to 5:45pm

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. The focus theme this year is Quantum Matter at Nanoscale and we have three invited guests speakers:

29 Apr 2016 - 3:30pm

The combination of high energy density (HED) facilities around the world spanning microjoules to megajoules, with time scales ranging from femtoseconds to microseconds, enables new regimes of plasma science to be experimentally probed. The ability to shock and ramp compress samples at Mbar pressures and simultaneously probe them allows dense, strongly coupled, Fermi degenerate plasmas relevant to planetary interiors, as well as solid-state lattice dynamics and plastic flows, to be studied.

29 Apr 2016 - 3:30pm

The combination of high energy density (HED) facilities around the world spanning microjoules to megajoules, with time scales ranging from femtoseconds to microseconds, enables new regimes of plasma science to be experimentally probed. The ability to shock and ramp compress samples at Mbar pressures and simultaneously probe them allows dense, strongly coupled, Fermi degenerate plasmas relevant to planetary interiors, as well as solid-state lattice dynamics and plastic flows, to be studied.

17 Apr 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

11 Apr 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Dr Jena Meinecke

The largest laser on Earth, at the National Ignition Facility (California), is to be used to recreate scaled astrophysical conditions and answer the question: What is the origin of magnetic fields in our universe?


Photo credit: Damien Jemison/LLNL

8 Apr 2016 - 10:00am to 9 Apr 2016 - 10:00pm


University of Oxford 2016 Alumni Weekend in North America

The upcoming Alumni Weekend in North America, to be held in Washington, DC 8 and 9 April 2016 will be the first Alumni Weekend outside of New York City, and to make it extra special, we will celebrate with a drinks reception and dinner at the Library of Congress on Friday 8 April, featuring Professor Louise Richardson, the University's new Vice-Chancellor.

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