News

2 June 2011

Andy Eyre's DPhil thesis "On the Dynamics of Tidal Streams in the Milky Way Galaxy" was the runner up in the competition for the 2010 Michael Penston Prize for the best astronomy thesis submitted to a UK university during 2010. Andy was a member of the Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics and rebuilt the Centre's computer system in parallel with completing his thesis.

25 May 2011

A gamma-ray burst detected by NASAʼs Swift satellite may be the most distant object known in the Universe. The burst marked the explosion of a massive young star at a time when the Universe was only about half a billion years old (compared to its present age of 13.7 billion years). The discovery paper was led by Antonino Cucchiara (formerly Penn State, now at UC Berkeley) and is presented in the Astrophysical Journal by an international team of astronomers, including Oxford astronomers Philipp Podsiadlowski and Christian Wolf.

24 May 2011

An international team of scientists, led by Leigh Fletcher of Oxford's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department, have reported the first ever infrared views of an enormous swirling storm in Saturn's springtime hemisphere in the journal

20 May 2011

The 2nd Fast Imaging Sensors Workshop was held at the Jesus College Conference Centre on 5 May 2011, organised by Andrei Nomerotski (Oxford Physics), Mark Brouard and Claire Vallance (Oxford Chemistry), and Renato Turchetta (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, RAL). The aim of the workshop was to review progress in the field of fast two-dimensional detectors, as well as to discuss their current and potential future applications.

14 May 2011

Andrea Schiavi, Dr Adam S Wyatt, Professor Ian Walmsley

8 April 2011

We're delighted to show you our new website. It has been many months in the making, and is the first of many exciting new web developments for the department.

The site is a big step forward for us, mainly because we've built it using a sophisticated content management system. This lets us share responsibility for maintaining our site content, so that we can all keep the site up to date, effective and beautiful.

2 April 2011

Oxford Photovoltaics, a company recently spun out from the University of Oxford by Isis Innovation Ltd., has developed new solar cell technology that is manufactured from cheap, abundant, non-toxic and non-corrosive materials and can be scaled to any volume.

31 March 2011

Scientists from Oxford University and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have completed a painstaking mapping of one of the most exotic places in the universe found close to absolute zero. The ‘quantum spin liquid’ is a strange state of matter whose existence was proposed in the 1970s but which has only been observed recently. Until now, there has been extremely limited information available describing its physical characteristics.

25 March 2011

Oxford researchers Peter Babkevich, D. Prabhakaran and Andrew Boothroyd, together with Paul Freeman from Berlin, have uncovered new evidence that dynamic stripe fluctuations play an important role in the copper oxide high temperature superconductors. Their results, which appeared in Nature magazine on 17 March, will assist the search for a mechanism of high temperature superconductivity.

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