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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.

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.

2 October 2014

Each month, the American Physical Society's Committee for the Status of Women in Physics recognizes a female physicist who is making an impact in the physics community. Jena Meinecke, a graduate student in Atomic and Laser Physics, is October's Woman Physicist. Full story at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/womanmonth/2014.cfm

23 September 2014

The Higgs boson is just the start. With the collision energy of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) about to increase from 8 to 13 TeV, the search for other, as-yet-unobserved particles will soon be on.

This week, 140 physicists from around the world are meeting in St Catherine's College, Oxford, to plan their new-particle search strategies with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.

20 August 2014

The Holweck Medal for 2014 has been awarded to Professor Ramin Golestanian "for his pioneering contributions to the field of active soft matter, particularly microscopic swimmers and active colloids." The gold medal and a prize of Eu3000 is awarded by the Société Française de Physique, and was presented to Professor Golestanian at a ceremony in Paris on August 27.

30 June 2014

This month, Oxford scientists are celebrating ten years of scientific exploration by the Cassini-Huygens mission, a joint NASA-ESA ‘flagship’ mission to explore the gas giant Saturn, its rings and diverse satellite system. Cassini has revealed many wonders in the outer solar system, from the hydrocarbon seas of Titan to the erupting plumes of Enceladus and the swirling storms of Saturn, and more is still to come as this sophisticated robotic spacecraft continues its lonely orbits a billion kilometres from home.

26 June 2014

Dr Sneha Malde of Oxford University's Department of Physics has been awarded one of this year's L'Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowships.

25 June 2014

Congratulations to Prof Steve Simon, who has been awarded a 2014 MPLS Divisional Teaching Award.