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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).

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.

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.

1 May 2014

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26 February 2014

The Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society has awarded Edmund Highcock its prize for the best PhD thesis of 2012. Edmund, whose supervisor was Alex Schekochihin, is currently a Fellow by Examination of Magdalen College and works in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. His thesis was entitled "The zero turbulence manifold of fusion plasmas".

21 November 2013

IceCube provides first evidence for high-energy neutrinos of astrophysical origin

14 October 2013

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for devising a mechanism to generate mass in gauge theories, and for predicting the existence of a new scalar boson resulting from this mechanism.
Nearly 50 years after the seminal papers written separately by Peter Higgs and by Francois Englert and Robert Brout, a boson with properties consistent with their predictions was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

9 September 2013

Sent on behalf of Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith

Dear Colleagues & Alumni,

Lady Mitchell

I am sorry to report that Lady (Margaret) Mitchell, widow of Sir William (Bill) Mitchell – one time Dr Lee’s Professor, died on Sunday 25 August.

The funeral will be a private family affair. There will however be memorial service in Somerville Chapel at 2 p.m. on Monday 7 October.

Chris Ll S

Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS
Director of Energy Research Oxford University
President SESAME Council

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