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.

One of the DUNE near detector’s subdetectors, SAND
15 March 2021

As the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) reveals more details about its so-called ‘near detector’ at Fermilab, we take a look at what it is and what it might mean for physics.

a close-up of the experimental target, consisting of two foils and a pair of grids, held together by cylindrical shields. Each target is about the size of a penny. They were carefully designed and machined to produce a turbulent plasma at conditions never reached before.  Image © Eugene Kowaluk, LLE.
11 March 2021

An international collaboration, co-led by the University of Oxford, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago, has conducted experiments that captured for the first time in the laboratory the time history of the growth of magnetic fields by the turbulent dynamo, a physical mechanism thought to be responsible for generating and sustaining astrophysical magnetic fields.

The IceCube Laboratory at the South Pole and the aurora australis
10 March 2021

On 8 December 2016, an electron antineutrino with an energy of 6300 TeV hurtled to Earth from a cosmic accelerator. Deep inside the ice sheet at the South Pole, it smashed into an electron and produced a massive particle that quickly decayed. This interaction was captured by a kilometre-sized 'telescope' buried in the Antarctic glacier – the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell
8 March 2021

Jocelyn Bell Burnell has been recognised along with seven other women in the Vanity Fair International Women's Day Challenger Awards 2021.

Read the full article at Vanity Fair.

Male and female students in a lecture theatre
8 March 2021

Oxford’s Department of Physics is partnering with the Institute of Physics to offer a brand new programme of tutoring and mentoring to local school students who want to study physics at university. The 14-month programme, Levelling Up: Physics, will provide 40 sixth-formers with a programme of dedicated physics tuition from a specialist A-level tutor. The students will also be part of a mentoring programme run by the Department of Physics; students will be paired with undergraduate physicists who can provide insight into what it’s like to study physics at university.

Sian Tedaldi
4 March 2021

Name: Sian Tedaldi
Job title: Outreach Programmes Manager

What are you currently working on?
March is a busy time for planning events and next week we have Physics: lab to life. We are also starting a new project with the IOP called Levelling Up which aims to help prepare under-represented sixth-form students for studying physics at university.

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.