5 August 2020

Oxford’s Department of Physics along with Swansea University and Imperial College London have been awarded £6 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to drive next-generation solar technology into new applications.

5 August 2020

Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rumford Medal for outstanding research in the field of physics.

The award recognises Professor Gill’s development of optical atomic clocks of exquisite precision, of ultra-stable lasers and of frequency standards for fundamental physics, quantum information processing, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation.

29 July 2020

The Department of Physics was recognised in the Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Awards this year coming highly commended in both the ‘team work’ and ‘building capacity’ categories.


24 July 2020

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through the atmosphere of Uranus or land on Venus? Buckle up and join Professor Patrick Irwin from Oxford University’s Department of Physics as he takes you on a space odyssey…

17 July 2020

Dr Kevin Olsen from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics, working with international colleagues, has spotted new gas signatures that shed new light on the mystery of methane in Mars’ atmosphere – a gas strongly associated with biological or geological activity.

17 July 2020

A team from Oxford’s Department of Physics has observationally confirmed a long-standing hypothesis that aerosols can extend the lifetime of low-level cloud, thereby cooling the earth.

The observational results suggest that the enhanced aerosol cooling potential from longer-lived clouds is essential to include in climate models in order to accurately predict global mean temperatures as greenhouse gases and aerosol emissions continue to change in the future.

17 July 2020

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has released a comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional map of the Universe ever created, filling in the most significant gaps in our possible exploration of its history.

1 July 2020

A group of researchers from the Department of Physics at Oxford University are working on ways to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The group, led by Dr Nicole Robb and Professor Achillefs Kapanidis, are working on the development of ultrafast COVID-19 diagnostic tests, as well as using computational modelling to study virus reinfection dynamics.

1 July 2020

Professor Séamus Davis from Oxford’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Olli V Lounasmaa Memorial Prize 2020. The prize is awarded once every four years to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to advances on low temperature physics and related fields and is named in honour of the founder of the Low Temperature Laboratory at Aalto University.

24 June 2020

Particle physicist Professor Brian Foster OBE, FRS from Oxford’s Department of Physics has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the highest honour that the Institute of Physics can bestow.