Particle physics

5 September 2016

LSST-DESC meeting July 18-22, 2016

One hundred and fifty members of the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Collaboration held their annual summer meeting in Oxford in July, 2016 co-hosted by the Sub-departments of Astrophysics and Particle Physics. This was the first time LSST-DESC had held a meeting outside the U.S.

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6 June 2016

Supersymmetry squeezed at the high-energy frontier

First year Oxford graduate student Jesse Liu has just released a paper showing how the increase in LHC energy from 8 to 13 TeV has squeezed the permissible models of the theory of supersymmetry.

Supersymmetric theories predicts particles that could help explain the mysterious dark matter in our universe, and which can be produced at the LHC, so they are well worth pursuing.

Colloquia Series Trinity Term 2016: Lobanov- Rostovsky Lecture - Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert - “The origins and evolution of exoplanet astmospheres and oceans”

Date: 
27 May 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Atmospheres are dynamic entities, formed from the volatile substances that accrete when a planet is formed and later in its history, cooked out in the hot-high pressure interior of the planet, and exchanging with the interior through crustal processes (for planets which have a solid surface) or mixing into the deep interior (for fluid planets). Loss of atmosphere to space is also a major mechanism whereby the chemical composition of entire planets evolve.

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Colloquia Series Trinity Term 2016: Professor Bruce Remington - “Frontier Science on the National Ignition Facility (NIF)”

Date: 
29 Apr 2016 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

The combination of high energy density (HED) facilities around the world spanning microjoules to megajoules, with time scales ranging from femtoseconds to microseconds, enables new regimes of plasma science to be experimentally probed. The ability to shock and ramp compress samples at Mbar pressures and simultaneously probe them allows dense, strongly coupled, Fermi degenerate plasmas relevant to planetary interiors, as well as solid-state lattice dynamics and plastic flows, to be studied.

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Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Date: 
3 Mar 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

The Final Dennis Sciama Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Deutsch FRS on Thursday 3rd March 2016 @ 17:30 in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.

For more information contact: 

Leanne O'Donnell
Leanne.odonnell@physics.ox.ac.uk
01865 613973

14 December 2015

Oxford Celebrates role in 2015 Nobel prize for Physics

On 14 December 2015, four days after the Nobel Prize was presented to Art MacDonald and Takaaki Kajita in Stockholm, the Particle Physics sub-department hosted a 'Nobel Banquet' to celebrate with Art the award of the 2015 Nobel Prize and 2016 Breakthrough Prize. Members of the department, alumni, friends, and former members of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) collaboration, many of whom had not seen each other in years, joined the celebration.

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9 November 2015

Oxford Physicists Share in Breakthrough Prize

Crucial work by Oxford University physicists on the neutrino has been recognised with a share of the
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their roles in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and T2K experiments.

More information here

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1 November 2015

EU funds design study for European plasma accelerator

Three million euros for European Plasma Research Accelerator with eXcellence in In Applications (EUPRAXIA) project

The European Union supports the development of a novel plasma particle accelerator with three million euros from the Horizon2020 program. The EU project EuPRAXIA will produce a design study for a European plasma research accelerator focussing on applications of the new technology. Plasma acceleration promises to shrink costs and size of particle accelerators for science, medical applications and industry significantly.

Higgs Hunters: Uncover the building blocks of the Universe

Date: 
27 Oct 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

As the Large Hadron Collider pushes to ever-higher energies, join Prof Alan Barr to find out about the mysteries of particle physics and how the citizen scientists of Higgs Hunters are helping researchers in their search for unknown exotic particles.

Booking required

Please complete the online booking form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HiggsHunters15.

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