Particle physics

19 May 2019

Marko Mayr wins a best poster prize at an international workshop

Marko Mayr, a second-year DPhil student under the supervision of Prof Peter Norreys, was awarded a best poster competition prize by an expert panel at the Laser Plasma Accelerator Workshop, Split, Croatia, 6th -10th May 2019. Marko's poster was entitled "Wakefields in a Cluster Plasma" and described the research work he had conducted at the Clarendon Laboratory over the past eighteen months since he started his doctoral degree.

Finance & Physicists Lecture

9 May 2019 - 2:30pm
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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26 March 2019

LHCb discovers new pentaquark states

In 2015 the LHCb collaboration, of which Oxford is a founding member, reported the discovery of pentaquark states, an exotic form of subatomic matter that had eluded discovery since its prediction over 50 years previously. Today (26/3/19), using its full data set from Runs 1 and 2 of the LHC, the collaboration has announced a major and surprising update to this analysis.


21 March 2019

Observation of CP violation in charm mesons

The LHCb collaboration, of which Oxford is a founding institute, has today (21/3/19) announced a major new discovery in particle physics: the first observation of CP violation in decays of particles containing charm quarks.


20 February 2019

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 19th February at Mansfield College, with the winners receiving a pay award of £1,000.

Congratulations to Oxford Physicist Dr Sam Henry who won the award for Public Engagement with Research Impact.

19 September 2018

New £50m physics building opened by Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The University of Oxford has marked the opening of the Beecroft Building, a new 8,950sqm building for experimental and theoretical physics.

World wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and donor Adrian Beecroft joined the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, to officially open the new state-of-the-art facility located in Oxford University’s science area in Parks Road.

2018 Halley Lecture

22 May 2018 - 5:30pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)

22 May 2018 (17.30pm – door open 17.15)
2018 Halley Lecture
Professor Adam Showman, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PU (Followed by drinks reception – Martin Wood Foyer foyer)

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27 April 2018

Extreme beam control

An Oxford team has succeeded in stabilising the arrival time of a ‘relativistic’ beam of electrons, travelling at almost the speed of light, to 50 femtoseconds. This overcomes one of the major challenges facing the proposed Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).



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.