Chiara Spiniello
13 April 2021

Name: Chiara Spiniello
Job title: Hintze Fellow

Headshot Simon Proud
13 April 2021

Name: Simon Proud
Job title: NERC Innovation Fellow

Prince Philip with Nicholas Kurti, 4 November, 1960
9 April 2021

As Buckingham Palace today announces the death of Prince Philip aged 99, our archivist, Professor Stephen Blundell describes a recorded visit to the Department of Physics on 4 November 1960.

‘The Clarendon archive contains several documents describing the detailed arrangements for Prince Philip’s visit to the Department of Physics, part of an Oxford day out for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and in reading them one gets the sense of a different age, where protocol and deference were very much the order of the day.

The Muon g-2 ring sits in its detector hall amidst electronics racks, the muon beamline, and other equipment. This impressive experiment operates at negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit and studies the precession (or wobble) of muons as they travel through the magnetic field.
9 April 2021

The Fermilab Muon g−2 experiment has released its first results showing the muon magnetic dipole moment differs from the theoretical prediction by a significant margin, confirming the results of an earlier experiment. This might be a sign of new phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

31 March 2021

Dr Peter Hatfield, Muhammad Hamza Waseem and the Department of Physics outreach team have all been recognised at the recent SEPnet Public Engagement Awards for their outstanding work in engaging the public with physics. The awards recognise excellence in public engagement and the judges of the awards commented that the quality of nominations was exceedingly high this year and they had some extremely tough calls to make.

The night sky from ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile showing the VLT Auxiliary Telescopes
30 March 2021

Dr Chiara Spiniello from Oxford’s Department of Physics is leading work to study 'fossilised' galaxies – galaxies frozen in time from when they were formed almost 10 billion years ago. Learning more about these 'ancient relics' will help to inform our understanding of the formation and evolution of our Universe.

27 March 2021

A new paper led by Dr Simon Proud, research fellow at the Department of Physics and the National Centre for Earth Observation, describes a unprecedentedly cold temperature measured atop a severe thunderstorm cloud in the Pacific by an Earth-orbiting satellite. This temperature of -111°C is more than 30°C colder than typical storm clouds and is the coldest known measurement of storm cloud temperature.

23 March 2021

The LHCb collaboration has revealed strengthening evidence for a violation of lepton universality in B-mesons decaying to a kaon plus a pair of leptons, electrons compared to muons. This B→Kl+l- decay requires the rare, flavour-changing neutral current transition, b→sl+l-, which is well acknowledged for potential sensitivity to the influence of unknown physics.

22 March 2021

This month we ran our annual Physics: Lab to Life event where we welcomed over 170 curious people to take a virtual tour of the Department. The online visitors uncovered how physics is changing our lives by exploring how we transform our cutting-edge research into ideas and technology that has a tangible impact.

Over 15 researchers told their stories about the work they do across a range of different areas, including next-generation solar cells, rapid-virus detection, weather prediction and quantum computers.

David Brink FRS
17 March 2021

The Department of Physics is sorry to announce the death of Professor David Brink FRS on 8 March 2021.