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15 June 2015

The Divisional Teaching Awards were announced at the MPLS Summer Party by the Head of Division Prof. Alex Halliday. Dr Christopher Palmer, Departmental Lecturer in Physics, was awarded the ‘Project Award’ for innovative teaching, worth £3k. Dr Palmer has been running the annual Oxford Undergraduate Physics Conference since 2007, when it was initially funded with an earlier Teaching award. Dr Palmer's new project will extend this concept to an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference, tackling themes of broad interest across the University.

Dr Palmer comments

28 May 2015

The video-recording of the 55th Cherwell-Simon lecture on Topological Boundary Modes from Quantum Electronics to Classical Mechanics, delivered by Prof Charles Kane (University of Pennsylvania) on 15 May 2015 is now available

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.

1 May 2015

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

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.

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.

12 March 2015

How an ion channel converts mechanical force into an electrical signal

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. In 1973 he was the
first ever recipient of the Max Born Medal and Prize, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1978.
In 2008 he was awarded the Faraday Medal of the IoP "For pioneering work in the development and application

17 December 2014

Lasers ignite 'supernovae' in the lab

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 the Breakthrough Prize is available here.