10 June 2015

Rupert receiving the Winton prize, in New College, from David Carrier and William Shaw of Winton Capital.Rupert receiving the Winton prize, in New College, from David Carrier and William Shaw of Winton Capital. Rupert Allison, D.Phil student in Astrophysics, has been awarded the Winton Prize, for his D.Phil work on statistical data analysis of large cosmological datasets, as well as statistical analysis methods with broader applications. In particular he has focused on understanding the dark sector of the Universe: Dark Energy and neutrino physics.

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

28 May 2015

Congratulations to all of the ATLAS Oxford team involved in detecting, triggering, recording, and reconstructing the first collision events seen at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV!

22 May 2015

The first measurement of muon antineutrino disappearance on the T2K Experiment, performed by Oxford graduate student Kirsty Duffy, was released on 18 May 2015.

T2K (Tokai to Kamioka) is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment in Japan, studying neutrino oscillations and interactions. Researchers from 59 institutes in 11 countries search for oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos and tau neutrinos, and study neutrino interactions at the two near detectors (ND280 and INGRID) and the far detector (Super-Kamiokande), 295km away from the initial beam.

Since May 2014, T2K has been running with a beam composed mostly of muon antineutrinos, and 59.8 events would have been detected in T2K's far detector Super-Kamiokande if there were no antineutrino oscillations. However, only 17 events were observed, which matches the expected "disappearance" due to muon antineutrinos oscillating into tau antineutrinos.

26 March 2015

The first ever search for the supersymmetric partner of the charm quark, led by Oxford graduate student Will Kalderon, has been selected by the ATLAS experiment at CERN as one of its physics highlights of the first run of the LHC.

In the first dedicated analysis of its kind, Will has completed an analysis of the ATLAS experiment's data searching for the proposed supersymmetric partner of the charm quark, the so-called “scalar-charm”. His analysis, which excluded low-mass scalar charm quarks, will be published in the next volume of Physical Review Letters.

3 March 2015

On 26th February at the 7th annual student conference of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Arnold Mathijssen won the £100 prize for the best presentation while Rachel Bennett won the prize for the best poster.

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.

20 January 2015

Dr Matthew Levy has been appointed to a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

Dr Matthew Levy has been appointed to a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship that will be held in the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics.
Matthew has been identified as one of the leading young theoretical plasma physicists in the US, recognised by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in its award to him of the Lawrence Scholarship in 2011.

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.

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.