Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

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.

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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

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

Title:
Effective field measurements and spin torque dynamics in magnetic nanostructures

For more information contact: 

Olivia Hawkes
Condensed Matter Physics
T: (01865) 272225
e: olivia.hawkes@physics.ox.ac.uk

The Hintze Lecture ‘The Quantum Universe’ by Prof Hitoshi Murayama

Date: 
5 May 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 12+)

The 10th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor Hitoshi Murayama, Director, Kavli Institute for the Physics & Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), The University of Tokyo.

Title: The Quantum Universe

For more information contact: 

Leanne O'Donnell
01865 613 973
Leanne.odonnell@physics.ox.ac.uk

55th Cherwell-Simon Memorial Lecture 2015

Date: 
15 May 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Professor Charles Kane, Class of 1965 Endowed Term Chair & Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania will deliver the 55th Cherwell-Simon Lecture.

Title
Topological Boundary Modes from Quantum Electronics to Classical Mechanics

For more information contact: 

Olivia Hawkes, Condensed Matter Physics
T: 01865 272225
E: olivia.hawkes@physics.ox.ac.uk

3 March 2015

Soft-matter students sweep conference prizes

On 26th February at the 7th annual student conference of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Arnold Mathijssen won the £100 prize for the best presentation while Rachel Bennett won the prize for the best poster.

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