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2 August 2016

A team from Oxford and UCL has shown that an iridium oxide compound satisfies a necessary requirement for a correlated Weyl semi-metal. The finding points the way towards a possible realization in the solid state of an exotic type of particle.

The Weyl semi-metal hosts a topologically non-trivial electronic state found as a solution of the Dirac equation for massless fermions. Such a state requires the combination of either (i) time-reversal symmetry with broken inversion symmetry, or (ii) inversion symmetry with broken time-reversal symmetry.

22 July 2016

The Department of Physics at the University of Oxford will be holding an Industry Day on Friday 23rd September 2016.

The event will see us open our doors with the objective of exploring how Oxford Physics can help your company innovate and grow. The event will allow companies to:

• Find out about our research and how to access our facilities
• Discuss our technologies and applications
• Meet our staff and students
• Network with other companies
• Explore collaboration opportunities

For further information, please contact phillip [dot] tait [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

19 July 2016

Congratulations to Henry Snaith who has been awarded the Royal Society Kavli Medal and lecture winner 2017. This award is made for excellence in all fields of science and engineering relevant to the environment or energy. Henry receives this award for his discovery and development of highly efficient perovskite solar cells which promise to dramatically increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar energy.

19 July 2016

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award winner 2016

The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2016 is awarded to Professor Jo Dunkley for her research in the cosmic microwave background and her innovative project to support and encourage girls studying physics.

Professor Dunkley will be presented with a medal of silver gilt at the Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture in November 2016.

To read more about the award, please click here.
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13 July 2016

The Department of Physics at the University of Oxford has been named a champion of gender equality as part of the Institute of Physics' Project Juno initiative.

7 July 2016

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Marein Rahn, third year postgraduate student, has been awarded the Nicholas Kurti Prize 2016 for distinguished work by a third year graduate student in Condensed Matter Physics.

Many congratulations, Marein.

7 July 2016

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that David McMeekin, second year postgraduate student, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2016 for the best research presentation by a second year student at the annual poster session.

Many congratulations, David.

4 July 2016

Volunteers around the world are helping Oxford scientists searching for relatives of the Higgs boson … using just their eyes!

Today, 4th July 2016, the Higgs boson celebrates its fourth birthday. Remarkably, over the last two of those years, more than twenty thousand amateur scientists from 179 countries have been collaborating to look for its siblings.

15 June 2016

Scientists from a large international collaboration (Oxford, AWE, CEA, LULI, Observatoire de Paris, University of Michigan, University of York and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) have succeeded for the first time in generating a laboratory analogue of a strong shock that is generated when matter falls at very high speed on the surface of extremely dense stars called white dwarfs.

Understanding the physics of these astrophysical objects is crucial because they are considered as the possible progenitors of thermonuclear supernovae.

13 June 2016

Physics Newsletter Spring 2016

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save it to a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.