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.

20 November 2014

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Mr Bo Jing, first year postgraduate student, has been awarded the Arthur H Cooke Memorial Prize 2014 for distinguished work by a first year research student in Condensed Matter Physics.
Well done, Bo!

30 October 2014

Followers of the popular BBC TV quiz show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, were able to enjoy a demonstration of superconducting levitation developed in the Oxford Physics Department. The show, which was entitled Levity and was aired on 24 Oct 2014, included a sequence in which Stephen Fry cools a slab of ceramic superconductor in liquid nitrogen and demonstrates it levitating over a permanent magnet through the mechanism of flux exclusion (the Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect).

23 October 2014

From the academic year 2015/16, Oxford Physics and Oxford Mathematics will jointly offer a new masters level course in mathematical and theoretical physics. Students from outside Oxford can apply to join the MSc mode of the course and will study for an MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics. Oxford MPhys, MMath or MPhysPhil students will be able to apply for transfer to the MMathPhys mode of the course after their third year and study mathematical and theoretical physics in their fourth year, instead of following the fourth year of their original degree course.

22 October 2014

Congratulations to James Gilbert on winning the IET's 2014 Leslie H Paddle prize scholarship for his work on robotic systems for the deployment of fibre-optic focal plane pick-off systems in astronomical instruments.

15 October 2014

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.