News

26 March 2015

The first ever search for the supersymmetric partner of the charm quark, led by Oxford graduate student Will Kalderon, has been selected by the ATLAS experiment at CERN as one of its physics highlights of the first run of the LHC.

In the first dedicated analysis of its kind, Will has completed an analysis of the ATLAS experiment's data searching for the proposed supersymmetric partner of the charm quark, the so-called “scalar-charm”. His analysis, which excluded low-mass scalar charm quarks, will be published in the next volume of Physical Review Letters.

12 March 2015

How an ion channel converts mechanical force into an electrical signal

In a study published in the journal Science, scientists in the Oxford Physics Department have helped to understand how an ion channel protein can respond to changes in mechanical force within the cell membrane to produce an electrical signal.

3 March 2015

On 26th February at the 7th annual student conference of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Arnold Mathijssen won the £100 prize for the best presentation while Rachel Bennett won the prize for the best poster.

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.

20 January 2015

Dr Matthew Levy has been appointed to a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

Dr Matthew Levy has been appointed to a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship that will be held in the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics.
Matthew has been identified as one of the leading young theoretical plasma physicists in the US, recognised by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in its award to him of the Lawrence Scholarship in 2011.

17 December 2014

Lasers ignite 'supernovae' in the lab

Physics World recognised the work of Gianluca Gregori and Jena Meinecke of the University of Oxford in the UK and an international team, "for using one of the world's most powerful laser facilities to create tiny versions of supernova explosions in the laboratory."

The magazine said that "Supernovae are massive stellar explosions that leave behind

11 December 2014

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics has been awarded to the Supernova Cosmology Project Team led by Prof. Saul Perlmutter (Berkeley) 'For the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed'.

More information about Isobel's research and the team she shares the accolade with, can be found here.

More information about the Breakthrough Prize is available here.

28 November 2014

Prof Dr Andrea Cavalleri awarded 2015 Max Born Medal and Prize

Many congratulations to Andrea Cavalleri (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
and University of Oxford) who has been awarded the 2015 Max Born Medal and Prize, which is given jointly by the UK Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society, for his pioneering work on ultra-fast studies of materials.

For further details (in German!) see this link.

For more information of Prof Cavalleri's work in Oxford,

26 November 2014

The Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) consortium of academic and industrial partners led by the Oxford Physics Department will deliver quantum technologies including building a small fully-functional and scalable quantum computer.

26 November 2014

Oxford physicists are asking online volunteers to spot tiny explosions that could be evidence for as-yet-unobserved relatives of the Higgs boson.

The Higgs Hunters project launched today enables members of the public to view 25,000 images recorded at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. By tagging the origins of tracks on these images, volunteers could spot tiny sub-atomic explosions caused when a Higgs boson ‘dies’, which would be evidence for a kind of particle new to physics.