Atomic and Laser physics

13 January 2021

Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics: exciting science awaits!

Professor Ian Shipsey

Today, UKRI announced the launch of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme that will support scientists using quantum technology to study the universe in new ways in order to determine the nature of dark matter, detect gravitational waves and study the physics of black holes. Professor Ian Shipsey is Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford and has championed the programme since its inception:

13 January 2021

A leading role for Oxford in large-scale atom interferometry

A source of laser-cooled strontium atoms to be used in the Atom Interferometry Observatory Network (AION) project

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including AION: a UK atom interferometer observatory and network.

13 January 2021

High risk, high reward science: using quantum technology to search for hidden sector particles

3D render of a superconducting qubit array in a microwave waveguide to be explored for use in detection of the dark matter candidate particle, the ‘axion’

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS). With QSHS, we are joining forces with six other universities as well as the National Physical Laboratory on a multi-million-pound project which could open up a new frontier in physics.

14 December 2020

Promising new approach to inertial fusion

Researchers in the Vulcan control room at the Central Laser Facility, UKRI-STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Left to right, top: Dr Luke Ceurvorst (CELIA, Univ. Bordeaux), Mr Sam Claxton, Prof Peter Norreys. Left to right, bottom: Dr Ramy Aboushelbaya, Mr Robert Paddock and Mr Benjamin Spiers

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Researchers in the Vulcan control room at the Central Laser Facility, UKRI-STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Left to right, top: Dr Luke Ceurvorst (CELIA, Univ. Bordeaux), Mr Sam Claxton, Professor Peter Norreys
Left to right, bottom: Dr Ramy Aboushelbaya, Mr Robert Paddock and Mr Benjamin Spiers

24 November 2020

Department of Physics celebrates highly cited researchers

Headshots of highly cited researchers from the Department of Physics

Some 52 researchers from the University of Oxford have been named on this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list – eight of which are from the Department of Physics. The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

The following academics from the Department of Physics appeared in this year’s list: Michele Cappellari, Yulin Chen, Laura Herz, Geert Jan Oldenborgh, Michael Johnston, Henry Snaith, Stephen J Tucker and Wei Zhang.

9 November 2020

APS recognises Professor Gregori for the second year running

Gianluca Gregori headshot

Professor Gianluca Gregori has been awarded the American Physical Society’s John Dawson Award for excellence in plasma physics research – for the second year in a row.

29 October 2020

IOP recognises Professor Simon Hooker

Headshot Simon Hooker

Professor Simon Hooker from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize in recognition of his distinguished contributions to plasma physics.

Pioneering contributions

The award recognises in particular Professor Hooker’s pioneering contributions to the development of high-power plasma waveguides and their application to laser-driven plasma accelerators.

"From climate to energy: physics is key to the world's most pressing issues" Special Lecture

Date: 
11 Dec 2020 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Zoom
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)
Portraits of Prof Allen and Prof Snaith, poster for the event on 11 December.

"From climate to energy: physics is key to the world's most pressing issues"

We are delighted to invite you all to join us on this Special Department of Physics Lecture.

Hosted by Prof Ian Shipsey, Head of Physics, and Prof Philip Stier, Head of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) the topic will be Energy and Climate Change. The event will be held via Zoom, on December 11th, at 17:00hrs GMT.

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Challenges & Changes in Physics: Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Date: 
23 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Online
Audience: 
Staff, students and public (14+)
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Prof. Bell Burnell discusses her research and the challenges that physics & physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

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Department of Physics colloquia: Dr Sanjay Padhi

Date: 
10 Nov 2020 - 2:15pm
Venue: 
Online
Room: 
Via Zoom
Audience: 
Specialised / research interest
Dr Sanjay Padhi headshot

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