25 October 2016

On September 14 2015, the two LIGO gravitational wave detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana registered a nearly simultaneous signal with time-frequency properties consistent with gravitational-wave emission by the merger of two massive compact objects. Further analysis of the signals by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration revealed that the gravitational waves detected by LIGO came from the merger of a binary black hole system. This observation, followed by another one in December 2015, marked the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy.

4 October 2016

Michael Kosterlitz, who carried out his DPhil at Brasenose College between 1966 and 1969, was today named a Nobel Laureate for his pioneering work to help reveal the secrets of exotic phases of matter that were hitherto unknown.
Professor Kosterlitz, now of Brown University in the US, shared half the prize with Professor Duncan Haldane of Princeton University, USA, with the other half going to Professor David Thouless of the University of Washington, USA.

22 September 2016

The following lectures will be given at 3.30pm on Fridays in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road (unless otherwise stated). Tea will be served in the Physics Common Room at 4.30 pm.

The aim of the colloquia series is to share with members of the department the latest information on physics research and developments. Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, faculty members and support staff are all encouraged to attend these lectures.

8 September 2016

Tim Palmer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Bristol at the University Congregation on 21st July 2016. In his acceptance speech, Tim noted the important role that collaboration with scientists around Europe had played in his career. He warned of the damage that Brexit may cause in the future, in particular for UK scientists’ ability to play leadership roles in collaborative EU projects.

5 September 2016

One hundred and fifty members of the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Collaboration held their annual summer meeting in Oxford in July, 2016 co-hosted by the Sub-departments of Astrophysics and Particle Physics. This was the first time LSST-DESC had held a meeting outside the U.S.

2 August 2016

A team from Oxford and UCL has shown that an iridium oxide compound satisfies a necessary requirement for a correlated Weyl semi-metal. The finding points the way towards a possible realization in the solid state of an exotic type of particle.

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!

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.