Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

Challenges & Changes ED&I Panel Discussion

Date: 
11 Mar 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Online

The Challenges & Changes team are hosting a a departmental panel discussion on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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13 January 2021

Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics: exciting science awaits!

Professor Ian Shipsey

Today, UKRI announced the launch of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme that will support scientists using quantum technology to study the universe in new ways in order to determine the nature of dark matter, detect gravitational waves and study the physics of black holes. Professor Ian Shipsey is Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford and has championed the programme since its inception:

13 January 2021

A leading role for Oxford in large-scale atom interferometry

A source of laser-cooled strontium atoms to be used in the Atom Interferometry Observatory Network (AION) project

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including AION: a UK atom interferometer observatory and network.

13 January 2021

High risk, high reward science: using quantum technology to search for hidden sector particles

3D render of a superconducting qubit array in a microwave waveguide to be explored for use in detection of the dark matter candidate particle, the ‘axion’

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS). With QSHS, we are joining forces with six other universities as well as the National Physical Laboratory on a multi-million-pound project which could open up a new frontier in physics.

24 November 2020

Department of Physics celebrates highly cited researchers

Headshots of highly cited researchers from the Department of Physics

Some 52 researchers from the University of Oxford have been named on this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list – eight of which are from the Department of Physics. The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

The following academics from the Department of Physics appeared in this year’s list: Michele Cappellari, Yulin Chen, Laura Herz, Geert Jan Oldenborgh, Michael Johnston, Henry Snaith, Stephen J Tucker and Wei Zhang.

6 November 2020

A day in the life of a graduate student

Headshot Wilber Lim

Wilber Lim is a theoretical physics graduate student at the Department of Physics. Every year, the department welcomes some 100 graduate students – some of the brightest minds in the world – to work alongside established experts and conduct authoritative research with an international audience. Our graduate students bring to their studies and their science a fresh perspective, an insatiable curiosity and a passion to further society’s understanding of our Universe.

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Challenges & Changes in Physics: Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Date: 
23 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
Online
Audience: 
Staff, students and public (14+)
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Prof. Bell Burnell discusses her research and the challenges that physics & physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

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Department of Physics colloquia: Dr Sanjay Padhi

Date: 
10 Nov 2020 - 2:15pm
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Online
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Via Zoom
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Specialised / research interest
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Dr Sanjay Padhi, Amazon Web Services

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Challenges & Changes in Physics: Dr Clara Barker

Date: 
11 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm
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Online
Audience: 
Staff, students and public (14+)
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Dr Clara Barker discusses her research and the challenges that physics and physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

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Public lecture: Emeritus Professor Frank Close

Date: 
3 Nov 2020 - 5:00pm
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Online
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Via Zoom
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General public (Age 14+)
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Trinity: Klaus Fuchs, Oxford and the atomic bomb – a story of physics and espionage

Emeritus Professor Frank Close will explore the murky waters of cold war espionage, physics, the bomb and the role of Cotswold housewife 'Agent Sonya'. Trinity was the codename for the test explosion of the atomic bomb in New Mexico on 16 July 1945. Trinity is now also the extraordinary story of the bomb's metaphorical father, Rudolf Peierls; his intellectual son, the atomic spy, Klaus Fuchs, and the ghosts of the security services in Britain, the USA and USSR...

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