Atomic and Laser physics

5 August 2020

Professor Gill awarded Rumford Medal

Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rumford Medal for outstanding research in the field of physics.

The award recognises Professor Gill’s development of optical atomic clocks of exquisite precision, of ultra-stable lasers and of frequency standards for fundamental physics, quantum information processing, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation.

8 June 2020

Machine learning sheds new light on the opacity of dense plasmas

Research led by Oxford Physicists shows how a novel functional discovery approach can be used to address a longstanding problem in the study of dense plasma opacities.

The work was performed at the FLASH free-electron laser in Hamburg, where femtosecond XUV pulses were focused down to micron spots to create solid density plasmas at temperatures exceeding 200,000 K.

The Quantum Information Society invites you to a Q&A Session with Scott Aaronson

9 Jun 2020 - 3:00pm
General public (Age 14+)

The Quantum Information Society invites you to a Q&A Session With Scott Aaronson

We extend the invitation from Aleksei Malyshev, the president of the Quantum Information Society (University of Oxford)

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3 June 2020

Welcome to the family!

The Department of Physics is delighted to welcome eight new Associate Professor Tutorial Fellows to its academic staff.

‘We are thrilled to be joined by such fantastic new colleagues,’ enthuses Professor Ian Shipsey, Head of Department. ‘Each one brings with them their rich experience, cutting-edge research and insightful teaching practice. As leading experts in their fields, the entire department is very excited for what the future holds. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the search committees for their excellent work in identifying such exceptional talent.’

2 June 2020

The Frisch-Peierls Memorandum 80 years on

In March, the Department of Physics welcomed Dr Kim Budil and Professor Emeritus Frank Close to deliver a lecture giving two very different perspectives on high-energy-density science. The event marked 80 years of the Frisch-Peierls Memorandum and a drinks reception was held at the department’s own Rudolph Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics.

27 March 2020

COVID-19: physics in the real world

Scientists around the world are racing to understand more about the COVID-19-causing virus – and physicists at Oxford are no exception. 'Without physics and physicists there could be no modern technological society, from microelectronics and telecommunications, to LCD displays and PET scanners in hospitals; it is therefore not surprising that physics has much to offer in the battle against CoV2,' explains Head of Department, Professor Ian Shipsey.

Postponed - Oxford Physics Y12 Summer School 2020

27 Jul 2020 - 9:00am to 31 Jul 2020 - 5:00pm
Schools (secondary)

The Oxford Physics Y12 Summer School is planned to run from 27th - 31st July 2020. Anyone in Year 12 or equivalent is welcome to apply. We will be constantly considering the summer school in light of arrangements for the coronavirus pandemic, but are currently planning as though it will go ahead.

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Dr Kathryn Boast
Access Officer

25 February 2020

Inertial fusion energy: the solution to damaging greenhouse gas emissions?

Peter Norreys, Professor of Inertial Fusion Science in Oxford University’s Department of Physics, is bringing together the world’s leading scientists and policy advocates to begin preparations for the next generation facilities that could unleash the potential of inertial fusion energy – and help to halt climate change.

Guest lunch with Dr Sam Henry

19 Feb 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
First Floor Audrey Wood Meeting Room
All department

Come and join the Women in Physics society for lunch with special guest Dr Sam Henry. Want to know more about the recent UCU strike action or interested in addressing the gender pay gap? Bring along your questions for Sam. We'll also be hearing all about Sam's outreach and public engagement activities. Lunch is provided - sign up at the OxWiP website: .