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30 November 2018

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

27 November 2018

We are delighted to announce that Professor Séamus Davis will join the Department of Physics from from 1st January 2019 as a member of the Quantum Materials Group. Professor Davis, currently the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University, is one of the pioneers of low-temperature Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and Spectroscopy (STM/STS).

14 November 2018

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Johnston who will be awarded the Harrie Massey Medal and Prize in December.

This is a silver medal from the Institute of Physics which is awarded in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org/about/awards/bilateral/massey/page_38485.html).

9 November 2018

Single atoms have been manipulated using a novel pairing of techniques, allowing researchers to measure their individual nuclear spins as never before. In two recent papers featuring Professor Arzhang Ardavan of Oxford Physics, Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) is combined with Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) to explore the behaviour of the nuclear spins of single atoms.

2 November 2018

Oxford Nanoimaging Ltd, a spin-out from Oxford Physics was amongst the winners at the Institute of Physics Business Awards 2018, for the development of the world’s first desktop-sized super-resolution microscope.

29 October 2018

How is physics research being used to change your life? We opened our doors as part of Oxford's science and ideas festival to showcase some of the ways research can become technology, and physics can move from the lab into your life.

15 October 2018

Students taking a break from their undergraduate laboratory experiments will notice two new canvases displayed in the foyer of the Physics Teaching Labs. These colourful canvases are inspired by the themes of space and cosmic rays, and were created in 2017 by students at Ysgol Gynradd Rhoscolin (Rhoscolin Primary School) on Anglesey, Wales working with artist Catrin Williams. Dr Karen Aplin, Head of Physics Teaching Labs 2009-2018, was a co-investigator and scientific advisor to the project.

19 September 2018

The University of Oxford has marked the opening of the Beecroft Building, a new 8,950sqm building for experimental and theoretical physics.

World wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and donor Adrian Beecroft joined the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, to officially open the new state-of-the-art facility located in Oxford University’s science area in Parks Road.

7 September 2018

SPECIAL BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE IN FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS AWARDED TO JOCELYN BELL BURNELL FOR DISCOVERY OF PULSARS

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS, a member of the Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics at Oxford, was chosen by a panel of leading scientists to receive the $3m (£2.3m) Special Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for her landmark work on pulsars and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.

6 September 2018

Catchy songs are great way to make a message ‘stick’, but can we use song to enthuse young people about science? What if they’re the ones writing the songs?

At three local events this summer, three researchers (Nathan Adams, Dr Neil Bowles, and Dr Donal Hill) teamed up with songwriter, Jonny Berliner, and 537 local residents to create three brand new songs based on current physics research at the University, covering distant galaxies, planetary science and particle physics.

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