News

7 July 2016

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Marein Rahn, third year postgraduate student, has been awarded the Nicholas Kurti Prize 2016 for distinguished work by a third year graduate student in Condensed Matter Physics.

Many congratulations, Marein.

7 July 2016

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that David McMeekin, second year postgraduate student, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2016 for the best research presentation by a second year student at the annual poster session.

Many congratulations, David.

4 July 2016

Volunteers around the world are helping Oxford scientists searching for relatives of the Higgs boson … using just their eyes!

Today, 4th July 2016, the Higgs boson celebrates its fourth birthday. Remarkably, over the last two of those years, more than twenty thousand amateur scientists from 179 countries have been collaborating to look for its siblings.

15 June 2016

Scientists from a large international collaboration (Oxford, AWE, CEA, LULI, Observatoire de Paris, University of Michigan, University of York and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) have succeeded for the first time in generating a laboratory analogue of a strong shock that is generated when matter falls at very high speed on the surface of extremely dense stars called white dwarfs.

Understanding the physics of these astrophysical objects is crucial because they are considered as the possible progenitors of thermonuclear supernovae.

6 June 2016

First year Oxford graduate student Jesse Liu has just released a paper showing how the increase in LHC energy from 8 to 13 TeV has squeezed the permissible models of the theory of supersymmetry.

Supersymmetric theories predicts particles that could help explain the mysterious dark matter in our universe, and which can be produced at the LHC, so they are well worth pursuing.

6 May 2016

Prof Andre Lukas has been awarded the Most Acclaimed Lecturer in MPLS by OUSU. The OUSU Teaching Awards are student led, more information can be found here.

22 April 2016

Prof Nicola Spaldin, ETH, Zurich
27 Jan: ‘From Materials to Cosmology: Studying the early universe under the microscope’

Prof Val Gibson, Cambridge
3 Feb: ‘The Beauty of Flavour - Latest results from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider’

10 Feb: No colloquium to avoid clash with Prof Eitan Tadmor @ Maths Institute

Prof Valerio Scarani, Centre for Quantum Technologies and National University of Singapore
17 Feb: ‘The applied side of Bell nonlocality’

Prof Tom McLeish, Durham University
24 Feb: ‘Learning new physics from a medieval thinker – Big Bangs and Rainbows’

24 February 2016

The Advanced LIGO team has just announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a major milestone in the history of science that confirms one of Einstein's predictions and opens a new window into the near and far Universe.

However, it came as a major surprise that the observed gravitational-wave signal was produced by a pair of two merging black holes with individual masses of about 30 times the mass of our Sun.

24 February 2016

On 11 February 2016, the weekly seminar of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics was devoted to a celebration of the work of Richard H Dalitz FRS (1925-2006) who founded the group in 1963. His distinguished ex-students Frank Close (DPhil 1969) and Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith FRS (DPhil 1971) gave accounts of the seminal contributions Dick made to our understanding of the fundamental structure of matter.

13 February 2016

Henry Snaith has been named one of Thomson Reuters most influential scientific minds for 2015 on the basis of 24 recent papers, mostly on perovskite solar cells, that were highly cited in 2013-14. The full report can be found here.
More information on the work of Henry Snaith's group.