Particle physics

The 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

7 May 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 14+)

The 10th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

Professor James Binney
Department of Physics, Merton College and All Souls Visiting Lecturer, University of Oxford

Galaxies and the intergalactic medium

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Leanne O'Donnell
01865 613973

20 March 2014

Professor Guy Wilkinson elected as Spokesperson for LHCb

Congratulations to Professor Guy Wilkinson who has been elected Spokesperson of the LHCb collaboration. The experiment, located at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, is a multi-national particle-physics collaboration involving 67 institutes from 16 countries with over 1000 members. The experiment is making precision studies of CP violation and rare decays of beauty and charm (“heavy flavour”) hadrons and is searching for signatures of new physics beyond the Standard Model. Guy will take up his 3-year term of office from July this year.

10 February 2014

Celebration of the Legacy of Godfrey Stafford (1920-2013)

On 23rd January at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory, over 200 people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Godfrey Stafford, who was Director of the Laboratory from 1969 till 1981, and who died last July at the age of 93.


Stargazing Oxford 2014

11 Jan 2014 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Reception (registration)
There will be activities for everyone. Most of the activities are suitable for 8+ but families with younger children are welcome

BBC Stargazing Live Event

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 11th January 2014 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Photo credits: Joseph Caruana

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4 December 2013

Prof. Bortoletto elected as a Fellow by AAAS

Professor Daniela Bortoletto* (Particle Physics) has been elected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Council and peers have elected members 'who have made scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications and who have been continuous members for the four years preceding their nomination'.
We congratulate Daniela and wish her continued success in her career.

27 November 2013

Physics Today highlights research using the PImMS camera

Physics Today has highlighted research using the PImMS camera, a fast CMOS-based imaging camera developed by the PImMS collaboration between Oxford Physics, Oxford Chemistry and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

18 September 2013

Oxford students lead first complete supersymmetry searches at ATLAS

University of Oxford graduate students have led the first two papers for Supersymmetry using the full data-set from the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

Half day interdisciplinary meeting on applications of SQUIDs

5 Nov 2013 - 1:30pm to 6:00pm
Hertford College
Old Library
Specialised / research interest

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers using SQUIDs (Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices) for a range of science needs in different fields. SQUID sensors have found applications in geophysics, magnetoencephalography, measuring magnetic properties of materials, quantum information, detector readout and many other areas. This meeting will cover the full range of research using SQUIDs, and identify areas of common interest between researchers from different fields.

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29 August 2013

Physics newsletter 2013

Summer 2013

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.