Katherine Shirley
4 March 2021

Name: Katherine Shirley
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

What are you currently working on?
As a geologist, I am interested in the types of rocks on the Moon’s surface and what they can tell us about the Moon’s geologic history. Right now, I am studying several lunar volcanoes primarily using the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Diviner dataset, which tells us about rock composition, and comparing that data to laboratory measurements of different volcanic rocks from Earth.

Research into lead halide perovskites
3 March 2021

The latest findings of a team of researchers at Oxford's Department of Physics add further weight to perovskites earning their status as wonder-materials in the world of semiconductors. Their results are published in Nature.

Image to represent cosmic particle accelerator
22 February 2021

Professor Rob Fender from Oxford’s Department of Physics gathered and interpreted radio observations that helped an international collaboration of scientists discover a gigantic cosmic particle accelerator.

How ExoMars studies the atmosphere
10 February 2021

Sea salt embedded in the dusty surface of Mars and lofted into the planet’s atmosphere has led to the discovery of hydrogen chloride – the first time the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected a new gas.

Belinda Nicholson
3 February 2021

Name: Belinda Nicholson
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Professor Philip Burrows wiht CLIC prototype structure at TMD Technologies
3 February 2021

Professor Philip Burrows has been working with UK company TMD Technologies to design key elements of a next-generation electron-positron collider at CERN. Professor Burrows leads the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) Collaboration which is preparing the design of the collider that could serve as a ‘factory’ for mass-producing Higgs bosons. Such a Higgs factory has been identified by the global particle physics community as its top priority for a next-generation subatomic particle collider facility.

Dr Becky Smethurst presenting Stargazing Oxford @Home 2021
1 February 2021

For the last ten years, we have thrown open the doors at the Department of Physics for our Stargazing event – an afternoon and evening of fascinating talks, hands-on activities and, not surprisingly, telescopes. Not wanting to disappoint this year, the team rose to the challenge of pandemic-proofing the event and Stargazing Oxford @Home was born.

An artist’s rendering of 55 Cancri e, a carbon-rich exoplanet. Credit: ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser
27 January 2021

In a historic first, a team of scientists have successfully measured the structure of carbon at pressures reaching 2,000 gigapascals (GPa) – five times the pressure in Earth’s core and nearly doubling the maximum pressure at which a crystal structure has ever been directly probed.

The group, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Oxford, used the LLNL flagship Nation Ignition Facility (NIF) in their work, which is the largest laser system in the world. The results are published in Nature.

A portrait of Lydia Beresford, author.
26 January 2021

By Lydia Beresford, St John's College Junior Research Fellow and a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN.

Artist's impression of solar system forming in two stages
21 January 2021

An international team of researchers from the University of Oxford, LMU Munich, ETH Zurich, BGI Bayreuth, and the University of Zurich discovered that a two-step formation process of the early Solar System can explain the chronology and split in volatile (like water) and isotope content of the inner and outer Solar System. Their findings were published today in Science.