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15 January 2019

A cutting-edge instrument developed by scientists at the University of Oxford has passed critical tests and gained a powerful adaptive optics system.

Oxford engineers and scientists leading the project to build HARMONI, one of the first-light instruments for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), are celebrating after it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review process (PDR). By completing this vital step, the instrument can progress to the detailed design phase, aiming to be ready for remarkable observations of astronomical objects in the mid 2020’s.

15 January 2019

Due to a scarcity of data, most global estimates of ocean warming start only in the 1950s. However, a team of scientists at the University of Oxford has now succeeded in reconstructing ocean temperature change from 1871 to 2017.

Over the past century, increased greenhouse gas emissions have given rise to an excess of energy in the Earth system. More than 90% of this excess energy has been absorbed by the ocean, leading to increased ocean temperatures and associated sea level rise, while moderating surface warming.

15 January 2019

Congratulations to Sir Alex Halliday who has been knighted for services to Science and Innovation in the New Year's Honours list for 2019.

Alexander Halliday FRS, Visiting Professor of Geochemistry at the Department of Earth Sciences and recently Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division, is knighted for services to science and innovation.

To see the full list please click here

15 January 2019

The Royal Astronomical Society has given the Galaxy Zoo team – including the volunteers who have made the project the success it is – their Group Achievement Award for 2019.

Citation for the 2019 RAS Group Achievement Award:

15 January 2019

Inaugural Brebis Bleaney Memorial Lecture
Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: Past, Present and Future
Prof Mark Newton
Department of Physics, University of Warwick

3.30pm on 22 February 2019
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory

11 January 2019

Microgeneration is the generation of power on a small scale – for individual homes, communities or in emergency situations. Microgeneration is also important if you are on the move and isolated from the grid e.g. while boating or in a recreational vehicle. the move – for boats or recreational vehicles. The Oxford Microgeneration System converts mechanical energy from wind, water or any other means into electrical power.

10 January 2019

Due to a scarcity of data, most global estimates of ocean warming start only in the 1950s. However, a team of scientists at the University of Oxford has now succeeded in reconstructing ocean temperature change from 1871 to 2017.

19 December 2018

The HARMONI instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope has completed a major milestone today, having successfully passed its Preliminary Design Review. The spectrograph, equipped with an integral field capability, observes an astronomical target in 4000 different colours (wavelengths) simultaneously. The project is an international collaboration of several universities, institutes and national laboratories, located in the UK, France and Spain.

14 December 2018

Members of the public were invited to the Department on Nov. 26, 2018 to join researchers from Oxford Physics, Imperial College, Bristol University, RAL Space and the UK Space Agency, who have worked on the Mars Insight mission, to celebrate its scheduled landing on Mars.

14 December 2018

IF Oxford

The Department was again well represented at the annual Oxfordshire Science Festival, this year re-branded as the IF Oxford, the Oxfordshire Science and Ideas Festival. We spoke to over 1,000 people about our research at events across the city.

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