Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

14 June 2012

Dr Joseph Conlon awarded ERC starting grant

Dr Joseph Conlon has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study supersymmetry breaking directly in string theory.

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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.

15 May 2012

Maxwell Medal awarded to Dr Andrei Starinets

Dr Andrei Starinets was awarded the 2011 Maxwell Medal of the UK Institute of Physics for his work on the gauge-gravity correspondence which relates quantum gauge theories to gravitational systems.

The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to theoretical Physics, mathematical or computational Physics. Dr Starinets joins other distinguished past winners from the Rudolf Peierls Centre: Prof Richard Dalitz (1966), Sir Roger Elliott (1968), Prof Anthony Leggett (1975), Prof Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith (1979), Prof James Binney (1986) and Dr John Wheater (1993).

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4 May 2012

Prof Julia Yeomans commences investigations funded by ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Julia Yeomans runs a research group in theoretical soft matter physics and has recently been awarded an Advanced Grant of 1.5 million Euros from the European Research Council. This prestigious grant will enable Professor Yeomans group to investigate questions that combine hydrodynamics and statistical physics, such as how bacteria can mix a fluid or the design of super-water-repellent surfaces.

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1 May 2012

David Sherrington elected Chairman of the Academic Council of EURASC

David Sherrington, Wykeham Professor of Physics Emeritus has been elected as Chairman of the Academic Council of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC). He also serves as the Chairman of the Physics Division .

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New paths to particle dark matter

Date: 
29 Mar 2012 - 2:00pm to 30 Mar 2012 - 4:00pm
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dwb
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Dennis Sciama Lecture Theatre
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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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UK Cherenkov Telescope Array Collaboration Meeting March 19-20

Date: 
19 Mar 2012 - 11:00am to 20 Mar 2012 - 3:30pm
Venue: 
dwb
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Fisher Room
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Specialised / research interest

The next bi-annual meeting of UK participants in the Cherenkov Telescope Array project will take place in the Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, on 19th and 20th March 2012. We will have one day of science-themed talks and one day of technical-themed talks with plenty of time for interactive discussions.

Younger members of the collaboration, and Oxford physics department members with interests in high-energy astrophysics, astroparticle physics, electronics, and telescope design and construction, are particularly encouraged to attend.

For more information contact: 

Garret Cotter garret@astro.ox.ac.uk

9 February 2012

Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellowship awarded to Douwe Jan Bonthuis

During the course of his 3 year Fellowship, Douwe will address an exciting problem in polymer dynamics – how polymers and biopolymers move through nano-pores. This is an important and topical problem due to its relevance to biomolecular transport across cell membranes, and the rapid development of experimental techniques in this area that could be used in DNA sequencing.

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