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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.

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.

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. NQIT is one of four hubs funded by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and will receive a total of almost £38m of government funding.

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.

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).

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.