Particle physics

21 March 2018

Oxford Physics scientists solve mystery of why comets emit X-rays

The mystery of how comets are able to emit X-rays has been solved by a team led by the University of Oxford.

The research published in Nature Physics considers the longstanding scientific question of how comets are able to radiate X-rays. A conundrum that is particularly puzzling, given that such emission is normally associated with very hot objects like the Sun, and comets are among the coldest objects in the Solar System.

15 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking, 1942 - 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

On 13 March 2018, physicists awoke to news that Prof Stephen Hawking, surely Oxford’s best known physics undergraduate (Univ. 1959), had died peacefully in his sleep. He leaves behind a monumental legacy.

7 February 2018

Triple Physics win at Impact Awards

The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and prepare the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises. This year’s awards were presented at the MPLS Winter Reception on the 6th February at Mansfield College, with the winners receiving a pay award of £1,000 (minus taxes).

Oxford Physicists won awards in three out of the four categories!

Enterprising Women

Date: 
27 Feb 2018 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
First Floor Audrey Wood Meeting Room
Audience: 
Open to All

Join us and be inspired by Dr. Cecilia Muldoon, avid oenophile, physicist, classic car fanatic and amateur ballerina!

Building on our previous talks, Cici Muldoon will be sharing lessons and insights from her journey from researcher to entrepreneur and CEO.

As usual we will be offering a networking lunch, from local social enterprises who combine making delicious food with doing good!

For more information contact: 

Please book here:http://bit.ly/2mvr1Ml

Academic Consulting Seminar for Physics

Date: 
7 Mar 2018 - 11:00am
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
First Floor Audrey Wood Meeting Room
Audience: 
Academics, Researchers, DPhil Students

Academic Consulting Seminar for Physics

Consulting Services is the consulting arm of Oxford University Innovation Ltd, the University’s technology transfer company. Come and join us to learn about how you can undertake consultancy activity as an integral part of your research activity whilst at Oxford Physics. This seminar will be of interest to academics, researchers and DPhil students. More info on the attached poster.

For more information contact: 

If you would like to attend please email gurinder.punn@innovation.ox.ac.uk, by no later than 28th Feb 2018 to register as we have limited space.

13 November 2017

From particle physics research to a commercial product

The new edition of the Oxford Physics Newsletter showcases commercialisation of technology invented for fundamental particle physics experiments and is now being used in applications across the hi-tech manufacturing sector. The article describes how we collaborated with industry to bring this exciting precise measurement technology to market. We also recount the story of Oxford Physics’ first ever spin-out company, the now hugely successful Oxford Instruments plc.

Inaugural Oxford Network for Planets in the Universe Distinguished Lecture

Date: 
8 Nov 2017 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Lindemann Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Title: Getting to know alien worlds: Characterizing exoplanets from the ground and from space

Registration is required (no registration fee) Link to registration page

Time: 5 pm (to be seated by 4.50pm) on 8th November 2017

For more information contact: 

4 July 2017

Four Royal Society University Research Fellowships for Physics

The Royal Society has announced the appointment of 43 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2017. The University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding early career scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. The scheme is extremely competitive and URFs are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships, and many have gone on to enjoy significant national or international recognition for their work.

3 July 2017

James Chadwick Medal and Prize: Congratulations Professor Guy Wilkinson

Congratulations to Professor Guy Wilkinson, recipient of the James Chadwick Medal and Prize 2017, for his outstanding contributions to the experimental study of heavy quarks and CP violation, most especially for his leadership of, and his decisive contributions to, the LHCb experiment at CERN.

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