22 May 2015

The first measurement of muon antineutrino disappearance on the T2K Experiment, performed by Oxford graduate student Kirsty Duffy, was released on 18 May 2015.

T2K (Tokai to Kamioka) is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment in Japan, studying neutrino oscillations and interactions. Researchers from 59 institutes in 11 countries search for oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos and tau neutrinos, and study neutrino interactions at the two near detectors (ND280 and INGRID) and the far detector (Super-Kamiokande), 295km away from the initial beam.

Since May 2014, T2K has been running with a beam composed mostly of muon antineutrinos, and 59.8 events would have been detected in T2K's far detector Super-Kamiokande if there were no antineutrino oscillations. However, only 17 events were observed, which matches the expected "disappearance" due to muon antineutrinos oscillating into tau antineutrinos.

16 May 2015

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. We would welcome contributions to future newsletters from undergraduate or postgraduate alumni and previous members of the physics department.

1 May 2015

Prof Henry Snaith has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Henry Snaith has pioneered the development of hybrid materials for energy and photovoltaics through an interdisciplinary combination of materials synthesis, device development, advanced optoelectronic characterisations and theoretical studies. He has created new materials with advanced functionality and enhanced understanding of fundamental mechanisms.

30 April 2015

Rob Shalloo, a first year graduate student studying laser plasma wakefield acceleration in the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science, was awarded one of 2 runners up prizes in the UK national final of FameLab on 22nd April. FameLab is an international science communication competition where contestants have to give a presentation on any area of science, using only the props they can carry on stage, in just 3 minutes.

29 April 2015

Prof Steve Balbus has been elected a member of the US National Academy of Sciences

Many congratulations to Steve Balbus who has been elected a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars.

29 April 2015

Prof Tim Palmer CBE FRS has been elected as an international member of the American Philosophical Society

Many congratulations to Tim Palmer who has been elected as an international member of the American Philosophical Society.

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.