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.

26 June 2014

The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.

An international team, including Oxford University scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes.

25 June 2014

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

The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic).

3 June 2014

Congratulations to Dr Joseph Conlon, who has been awarded the 2014 Oxford University Student Union (OUSU)'Outstanding tutor' Award for Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS).

The Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards are an opportunity to recognise really great teaching, and student support in Oxford.

15 May 2014

Congratulations to Professor Phil Burrows who has been elected Spokesperson of the international Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) accelerator collaboration, which is a multi-national consortium of 65 institutes in 29 countries. Over the next three years, Phil will engage with the institutes to ensure that CLIC’s R&D programme pushes ahead during the critical phase ahead of the next update of the European strategy for particle physics.

1 May 2014

Spring 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.

1 May 2014

Congratulations to Professor Joe Silk, who has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Joe is the former Savilian Professor of Astronomy and is an Emeritus Professorial Fellow of New College. He has also has affiliations with the Institut d'astrophysique de Paris and Johns Hopkins University. Joe has published widely in many different areas of theoretical astrophysics, and is especially well known for his contributions to cosmology, where he originated the idea of "Silk damping", a process important for setting the galactic mass scale.

28 April 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Cherwell-Simon Lecture will be given by Prof Peter Higgs CH DSc PhD MSc BSc FRS FRSE FInstP, Emeritus Professor University of Edinburgh, on 16th May at 4.30 pm in the Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute.

Prof Higgs will lecture on “My Life as Boson”.

Due to the expected demand admission is with registration confirmation only.

23 April 2014

Congratulations to Mireia Crispin Ortuzar who has been awarded the Winton Prize 2014 for the most promising D.Phil student in Physics for work in the area of Statistical Analysis of data.

During her graduate research, Mireia performed data analysis that led to the first search for supersymmetric particles using all the data from the recent run of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

11 April 2014

Congratulations to Alexander Hearmon who has been awarded the PANalytical Thesis Prize 2014 for the best use of techniques or methods of Physical Crystallography in a successfully examined thesis. Alexander has recently completed his thesis "Neutron, X-ray and Optical Studies of Multiferroic Materials" under the supervision of Paolo Radaelli.