How an ion channel converts mechanical force into an electrical signal
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.
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. In 1973 he was the
first ever recipient of the Max Born Medal and Prize, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1978.
In 2008 he was awarded the Faraday Medal of the IoP "For pioneering work in the development and application
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.
Lasers ignite 'supernovae' in the lab
Prof. Isobel Hook shares 2015 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics as member of the Supernova Cosmology Project Team
The 2015 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics has been awarded to the Supernova Cosmology Project Team led by Prof. Saul Perlmutter (Berkeley) 'For the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed'.
More information about the Breakthrough Prize is available here.
Prof Dr Andrea Cavalleri awarded 2015 Max Born Medal and Prize
Many congratulations to Andrea Cavalleri (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
and University of Oxford) who has been awarded the 2015 Max Born Medal and Prize, which is given jointly by the UK Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society, for his pioneering work on ultra-fast studies of materials.
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. NQIT is one of four hubs funded by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and will receive a total of almost £38m of government funding.
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.