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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.

Artist's impression of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) analysing teh maritan atmosphere
19 January 2021

Dr Kevin Olsen from Oxford’s Department of Physics, working with international colleagues, has gathered new insights into Mars’ atmosphere thanks to data gathered from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

Professor Ian Shipsey
13 January 2021

Today, UKRI announced the launch of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme that will support scientists using quantum technology to study the universe in new ways in order to determine the nature of dark matter, detect gravitational waves and study the physics of black holes. Professor Ian Shipsey is Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford and has championed the programme since its inception:

A source of laser-cooled strontium atoms to be used in the Atom Interferometry Observatory Network (AION) project
13 January 2021

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including AION: a UK atom interferometer observatory and network.

3D render of a superconducting qubit array in a microwave waveguide to be explored for use in detection of the dark matter candidate particle, the ‘axion’
13 January 2021

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS). With QSHS, we are joining forces with six other universities as well as the National Physical Laboratory on a multi-million-pound project which could open up a new frontier in physics.

Headshot of Jocelyn Bell Burnell
8 January 2021

Jocelyn Bell Burnell from the Department of Physics at Oxford has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal 2021. The medal recognises her extraordinary achievements and has been awarded not only for her personal research but also for her contributions to the field of astronomy generally.

Researchers in the Vulcan control room at the Central Laser Facility, UKRI-STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Left to right, top: Dr Luke Ceurvorst (CELIA, Univ. Bordeaux), Mr Sam Claxton, Prof Peter Norreys. Left to right, bottom: Dr Ramy Aboushelbaya, Mr Robert Paddock and Mr Benjamin Spiers
14 December 2020

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Researchers in the Vulcan control room at the Central Laser Facility, UKRI-STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Left to right, top: Dr Luke Ceurvorst (CELIA, Univ. Bordeaux), Mr Sam Claxton, Professor Peter Norreys
Left to right, bottom: Dr Ramy Aboushelbaya, Mr Robert Paddock and Mr Benjamin Spiers

Peter Hatfield
10 December 2020

Dr Peter Hatfield from Oxford’s Department of Physics is one of five academics to have been awarded a brand new fellowship from intelligence, security and cyber agency GCHQ. Charged with researching technology challenges relevant to national security priorities, Dr Hatfield’s work will be considering "secure" use of artificial intelligence – how to use AI to reliably understand data for global physics challenges.

The Virus Factory
7 December 2020

How 10-year-olds are getting a taste of cutting-edge science

A programme run by the Department of Physics at Oxford is giving pupils in years 5 and 6 the opportunity to take part in a real science research project, learn how scientists study viruses and meet the scientists themselves.

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