21 July 2014

Spin and orbital quantum numbers play a key role in the physics of Mott insulators, but in most systems they are connected only indirectly - via the Pauli exclusion principle and the Coulomb interaction. Iridium-based oxides (iridates) introduce strong spin-orbit coupling directly, such that these numbers become entwined together and the Mott physics attains a strong orbital character.

9 July 2014

Yesterday a Soyuz-Fregat rocket lifted off at just before 5PM and along for the ride was a new, compact infrared instrument developed by the Planetary Experiments Group in Oxford Physics and RALSpace at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Called the Compact Modular Sounder, or CMS, the instrument is designed to map surface and atmospheric temperature properties, is about the size of a shoe box and has a mass of just 4.5 kg.

30 June 2014

This month, Oxford scientists are celebrating ten years of scientific exploration by the Cassini-Huygens mission, a joint NASA-ESA ‘flagship’ mission to explore the gas giant Saturn, its rings and diverse satellite system. Cassini has revealed many wonders in the outer solar system, from the hydrocarbon seas of Titan to the erupting plumes of Enceladus and the swirling storms of Saturn, and more is still to come as this sophisticated robotic spacecraft continues its lonely orbits a billion kilometres from home.

30 June 2014

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Miss Danielle Kaminski, third year postgraduate student, has been awarded the Nicholas Kurti Prize 2014 for distinguished work by a third year graduate student in Condensed Matter Physics.
Well done, Danielle!

30 June 2014

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Mr Michael Peterer, second year postgraduate student, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2014 for the best research presentation by a postgraduate student in their second year at the annual poster session.
Well done, Michael!

26 June 2014

Dr Sneha Malde of Oxford University's Department of Physics has been awarded one of this year's L'Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships.

26 June 2014

The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.

An international team, including Oxford University scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes.

25 June 2014

Congratulations to Prof Steve Simon, who has been awarded a 2014 MPLS Divisional Teaching Award.

The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic).

3 June 2014

Congratulations to Dr Joseph Conlon, who has been awarded the 2014 Oxford University Student Union (OUSU)'Outstanding tutor' Award for Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS).

The Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards are an opportunity to recognise really great teaching, and student support in Oxford.

15 May 2014

Congratulations to Professor Phil Burrows who has been elected Spokesperson of the international Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) accelerator collaboration, which is a multi-national consortium of 65 institutes in 29 countries. Over the next three years, Phil will engage with the institutes to ensure that CLIC’s R&D programme pushes ahead during the critical phase ahead of the next update of the European strategy for particle physics.