22 May 2018

A team led by Professor Ard Louis from Oxford’s Department of Physics has shown how to make the coding theorem from algorithmic information theory practically applicable, and use it to show that many phenomena -- ranging from biological RNA structures to financial models to deep learning with neural networks -- exhibit ‘simplicity bias’, which makes simple outputs far more likely than complex outputs.

22 May 2018

The increasing miniaturisation of electronic chips is enabling a technological revolution, exemplified in a growing number of applications, from powerful mobile phones to the internet of things. But as the components of our electronic devices become smaller and smaller, we need to use the unintuitive laws of quantum physics to understand their behaviour and predict, for instance, how much heat a small quantum machine will generate when driven at maximum power.

14 May 2018

Congratulations to Philip Stier and Laura Herz who has received a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research and you can read more at

11 May 2018

Congratulations to Philip Stier who has received a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research and you can read more at

10 May 2018

Many congratulations to Guy Wilkinson who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

You can see the citation at

30 April 2018

On Sunday 29th April, Oxford Physics welcomed 80 girls to the department to get excited about science! Aged 11 – 14, the girls came from around Oxford and beyond, and spent the day trying their hands at STEM activities, meeting scientists and exploring science.


27 April 2018

An Oxford team has succeeded in stabilising the arrival time of a ‘relativistic’ beam of electrons, travelling at almost the speed of light, to 50 femtoseconds. This overcomes one of the major challenges facing the proposed Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).


24 April 2018

Patrick Irwin, Professor of Planetary Physics (from the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics group here in the Department of Physics) and global collaborators spectroscopically dissected the infrared light from Uranus captured by the eight-metre Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea. They found hydrogen sulphide, the odiferous gas that most people avoid, in Uranus’s cloud tops.

18 April 2018

It is with sadness that we announce that Professor Sir Roger Elliott FRS, died on 16 April 2018 aged 89.

Roger was appointed to a University Lectureship in Theoretical Physics and a Tutorial Fellowship at St John’s College in 1957, was promoted to Reader in 1964, and held the Wykeham Professorship of Theoretical Physics 1974-88. He was elected FRS in 1976 and knighted in 1987. He was Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society from 1984–1988, and served as chief executive of Oxford University Press from 1988 until 1993.