Condensed matter physics

Cherwell-Simon Lecture 2012

Date: 
18 May 2012 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

QUANTUM GAMES AND QUANTUM INFORMATION

Professor Anton Zeilinger

University of Vienna and Scientific Director of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

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7 June 2019

Discovery of Field-Induced Pair Density Wave State in Cuprate High Temperature Superconductors

Superconductors are quantum materials that are perfect transmitters of electricity and electronic information. Although they form the technological basis of solid-state quantum computing, they are also its key limiting factor because conventional superconductors only work at temperatures near -270 C. This has motivated a worldwide race to try to discover higher temperature superconductors. Materials containing CuO2 crystal layers (cuprates) are, at present, the best candidate for highest temperature superconductivity, operating at approximately -120 C.

SETI Institute - An introduction to the research & education programs of SETI

Date: 
4 Jun 2019 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Lindemann Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
Specialised / research interest

Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, the SETI Institute, founded by Astronomers Carl Sagan, Jill Tarter and Frank Drake, has grown from a small research team focused on searching for radio signals beyond our solar system (as a proxy for intelligent civilizations) to an organization of over 90 PhD scientists representing 23 different academic backgrounds, organized into 6 divisions of research. CEO, Bill Diamond, will describe the multidisciplinary structure and research of the Institute, whose mission is to explore, understand and explain the nature and origins of life in the universe.

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16 May 2019

Achillefs Kapanidis scoops Innovator of the Year award

Congratulations to Professor Achillefs Kapanidis and Mr Bo Jing, CEO of Oxford Nanoimaging who have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2019 – an award celebrating excellent research which demonstrates impact.

Finance & Physicists Lecture

Date: 
9 May 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Finance might appear to be a world away from physics and hence from your life. However, whether you take not of it or not, your daily life is governed by markets. Finance is ultimately the study of markets, specifically seen through a financial lens and the understanding of these has ramifications for everything from how much we are paid to where we live and what is available in the supermarket.

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1 May 2019

BTM Willis Prize awarded to Oxford physicist

Dr Roger Johnson has been awarded the BTM Willis prize for his work on the understanding of magnetic and magnetoelectric phenomena achieved through state-of-the-art structural studies of complex crystalline solids. The prize is jointly awarded by the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry Neutron Scattering Groups to an early career researcher. Dr Johnson is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Quantum Materials section of the sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics.

30 April 2019

New Invention: Control of CRISPR gene editing

The recent development of gene editing using biological system CRISPR, creates the prospect of dramatic developments in medicine for gene repair and cancer therapy. The CRISPR/Cas9 system allows targeted DNA cleavage and hence editing of the genome. However, unwanted DNA cuts, resulting from non-specific delivery to off-target cells, could promote tumorigenesis. Cell-specific activation of CRISPR/Cas9 is essential to avoid this problem.

Organic Semiconductors: From a lab curiosity to highly efficient devices

Date: 
17 May 2019 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Prof Karl Leo, Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonics (IAPP),
Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany www.iapp.de

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Niamh Coll

11 January 2019

New Invention: Energy microgeneration

Microgeneration is the generation of power on a small scale – for individual homes, communities or in emergency situations. Microgeneration is also important if you are on the move and isolated from the grid e.g. while boating or in a recreational vehicle. the move – for boats or recreational vehicles. The Oxford Microgeneration System converts mechanical energy from wind, water or any other means into electrical power.

11 December 2018

New Invention: Obtaining conductive films

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted a lot of attention for their potential use in electronic and energy-related devices. In particular, conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) films are expected to be applied in anti-static materials, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials and other opto-electronic devices like solar cells. Poor solubility of CNTs in organic and aqueous solvents has, so far, been overcome with non-covalent wrapping with conjugated polymers, but at a high cost.

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