Particle physics

31 July 2012

Physics newsletter 2012 now available

Summer 2012

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here. Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education. We would welcome contributions to future newsletters from undergraduate or postgraduate alumni and previous members of the physics department.

73rd Harden Conference 'Machines on Genes II'

19 Aug 2012 (All day) to 23 Aug 2012 (All day)
St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS
Specialised / research interest

73rd Harden Conference - Machines on Genes II - The central dogma at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics
19—23 August 2012

St Anne's College, Oxford, UK

20 July 2012

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

STFC have announce the 2012 round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships. These are prestigious 5 year fellowships which may be held in any of the science areas supported by STFC. See oxford physics opportunities for further details about applying to hold one of these fellowships here.

4 July 2012

Higgs boson discovery - time to celebrate

University of Oxford physicists working both at CERN and in Oxford are today celebrating their part in the discovery of a new particle. An excess of collision events has been observed by both the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN. The signals are consistent with those expected from the long-anticipated Higgs boson. Each experiment has separately observed a "5-sigma" excess, meeting the gold standard of confidence in discovery of a new particle.


3 July 2012

2012 Institute of Physics Prizes

Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Katherine Blundell has been awarded the Bragg Medal "For promoting engagement in and learning of physics both by carrying research in astronomy into schools in developing countries and by helping graduate students and postdocs in the UK to talk to schoolchildren about their science."

21 June 2012

Neutrinos put cosmic ray theory on ice

The IceCube telescope buried beneath the South Pole has failed to detect any high energy neutrinos accompanying exploding fireballs in space, undermining a leading theory of how cosmic rays are born (Nature 484:351,2012).

16 May 2012

Application submitted for Athena Swan Silver Award

Physics has long been a male-dominated subject. To fulfil the department's scientific mission, it is vital that we use the full potential of the population and redress that imbalance. Since 2010, the department has been developing a portfolio of new and existing actions to improve the employment conditions and practice for all staff and students. Good practice benefits everyone, but disproportionately benefits women. These actions, and the critical assessment that led to them, are described in our application for an Athena Swan Silver Award.

New paths to particle dark matter

29 Mar 2012 - 2:00pm to 30 Mar 2012 - 4:00pm
Dennis Sciama Lecture Theatre
Specialised / research interest

The aim of this meeting is to discuss recent developments concerning searches for dark matter, as well as relevant astrophysical issues and particle phenomenology. On Thursday 29th March there will be a Half-day Meeting (2-6 pm) to take stock of the field, while Friday 30th March will be devoted to a Workshop (9 am-4 pm) concerning both theory and experiment.

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