Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

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

29 Apr 2016 - 3:30pm
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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24 February 2016

The Scientific Legacy of Dick Dalitz

On 11 February 2016, the weekly seminar of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics was devoted to a celebration of the work of Richard H Dalitz FRS (1925-2006) who founded the group in 1963.

Final Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture

3 Mar 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
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.

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Leanne O'Donnell
01865 613973

27 January 2016

Felix Parra Diaz awarded the Prize to the Best Young Theoretical Physicist

Congratulations to Felix Parra Diaz who has been awarded the Prize to the Best Young Theoretical Physicist by the Royal Physical Society of Spain and the BBVA Foundation. More information (in Spanish) can be found here.


11 January 2016

Ralph Schoenrich awarded 2016 Winton Capital Award by RAS

The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded the Winton Capital Award in astronomy for 2016 to Dr Ralph Schoenrich of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. The prize of £1000 is given annually to the post-doctoral researcher working in the UK whose career show the most promise within 5 years of their PhD examination. Dr Schoenrich works to understand the structure and history of our Galaxy. He has both pioneered new ways to model Galactic evolution and invented new techniques for analysing survey data.

17 August 2015

How to fold a DNA origami

DNA origami is a technique that is used to create nanometre–scale shapes by folding strands of DNA. Writing in the journal Nature, a group of researchers from Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Physics and Computer Science at Oxford investigate how DNA origami folds.

14 August 2015

Prof James Binney, FRS awarded the Occhialini medal and prize for 2015

The Department of Physics is delighted to announce that Prof James Binney, FRS has been awarded the Occhialini medal and prize for 2015. The citation for James' award reads, "For his work on galaxy dynamics, in particular for developing an understanding of how galaxies exchange gas with the intergalactic medium and how this exchange controls the evolution of galaxy morphology."

29 July 2015

Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith FRS awarded Royal Society 2015 Royal Medal

Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith FRS has been awarded the Royal Society 2015 Royal Medal "for his major contributions to the development of the Standard Model, particularly his success in making the case for the building of the Large Hadron Collider.”

Further details can be found here.

15 June 2015

Prof Fabian Essler wins MPLS Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Prof Fabian Essler, who has been awarded a 2015 MPLS Individual Divisional Teaching Award.

The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic).

Sir Martin Wood Prize Lecture

8 Jun 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Somerville College
Margaret Thatcher Centre
Specialised / research interest

Effective field measurements and spin torque dynamics in magnetic nanostructures

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Olivia Hawkes
Condensed Matter Physics
T: (01865) 272225