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3 October 2011

New STFC funding will pave the way for the UK to maintain and strengthen its leadership role in the design and development of ELT instrumentation. The majority of the £2.1M grant to Oxford will fund work on HARMONI, with the remainder supporting continued development of the science drivers that underpin the E-ELT project.

7 September 2011

The nearest supernova of its type to be discovered for 40 years is predicted to be at its brightest 7-8 September and will be visible through a good pair of binoculars.

The supernova, which was first spotted on 24 August by scientists from Oxford University and the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) collaboration, is in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101.

Whilst not visible to the naked eye, with a clear sky anyone can observe the supernova using a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope:

28 August 2011

An international team of physicists has developed a novel X-ray technique for imaging atomic displacements in materials with unprecedented accuracy. They have applied their technique to determine how a recently-discovered class of functional materials known as multiferroics can develop magnetic order and a ferroelectric polarization simultaneously. Multiferroics are candidate materials for new classes of electronic devices.

26 August 2011

BATAVIA, Illinois The physics community got a jolt last year when results showed for the first time that neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, anti-neutrinos, might be the odd man out in the particle world and have different masses. This idea was something that went against most commonly accepted theories of how the subatomic world works.

25 August 2011

Astronomers have discovered a bright, nearby supernova, otherwise known as an exploding star, and say it is the nearest of its type observed for 40 years.

The supernova was spotted in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, a spiral galaxy a mere 21 million light years away, lying in the famous constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).

Scientists from the Department of Physics, University of Oxford made the discovery with their colleagues from the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) collaboration, using a robotic telescope in California in the United States.

26 July 2011

The Oxford Particle Physics group is playing a key role in the search for the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider. The most recent search results were presented by the ATLAS collaboration at the European Physical Society meeting in Grenoble. These intriguing results show an excess of events that would be consistent with decays of Higgs bosons to pairs of W particles.

26 July 2011

The Oxford Particle Physics group is playing a key role in the search for the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider. The most recent search results were presented by the ATLAS collaboration at the European Physical Society meeting in Grenoble. These intriguing results show an excess of events that would be consistent with decays of Higgs bosons to pairs of W particles.

24 July 2011

One of our recent papers, 'Investigation of the role of plasma channels as waveguides for laser-wakefield accelerators' has been selected to appear in the New Journal of Physics' "Best of 2010" collection.

Further details on this paper may be found here.

14 June 2011

The latest exoplanet discoveries made by the Corot satellite will be presented at a meeting at the Institute of Physics on 15 June by Dr Suzanne Aigrain. Corot is a satellite developed by the French Research agency CNES. It uses the transit method to find planets around stars, making very accurate brightness measurements of stars to detect the dips in brightness that occur when planets pass in front of a star, blocking out a fraction of the starlight.

14 June 2011

An international team, including Oxford University scientists, has discovered ten new planets. Amongst them is one orbiting a star perhaps only a few tens of million years old, twin Neptune-sized planets, and a rare Saturn-like world.

The planets were detected using the CoRoT (Convection, Rotation and Transits) space telescope, operated by the French space agency CNES. It discovers planets outside our solar system – exoplanets – when they ‘transit’, that is pass in front of their stars.

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