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OSIRIS-REx getting a sample from asteroid Bennu
23 October 2020

A team of researchers from Oxford’s Department of Physics is celebrating after what looks to have been a successful sample collection for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. The team closely tracked the probe as it made contact with asteroid Bennu having worked as part of the mission since 2012.

Devonian Mural from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago showing a tetrapod near the surface of the water
20 October 2020

Pioneering research, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, into ancient tides during the Late Silurian - Devonian periods (420 million years ago - 380 million years ago), suggests that large tides may have been a key environmental factor in the evolution of bony fish and early tetrapods, the first vertebrate land-dwellers.

Jack Paton headshot
12 October 2020

It is with great sadness that the Department of Physics announces the death of Jack Paton on 2 October 2020, aged 82.

A screen shot of a video call between participants at this year's summer school
7 October 2020

‘Ensuring that our doors are open to all is something that we are continually working on,’ says Kathryn Boast, Access Officer for the Department of Physics. ‘Showing young people what it means to be a physicist – or someone who supports a physicist’s work – is an important aspect of demystifying this world and that’s why, in spite of COVID-19, we went ahead with our annual summer school this year.’

Screen shot of participants in this year's Department of Physics summer school
7 October 2020

Physics can be a hard sell. Just like its stablemate, maths, people can be quick to write it off as not for them – but yet is everything and everywhere. It’s fascinating. It’s life and the universe. And, yes, it is also quite hard. Faced with such an uphill battle, how does the Department of Physics outreach team ‘reach out’ to school children and community groups to convince them otherwise? To encourage different voices into the field? What does the team do to achieve its objectives of increasing diversity in STEM for school children and increasing access for disadvantaged students?

Roger Penrose headshot
6 October 2020

As the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics are announced as Roger Penrose from the University of Oxford and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the University of California, Los Angeles respectively, we look at the significance of their ground-breaking work.

Adam Nahum headshot
2 October 2020

Adam Nahum from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Philippe Meyer Prize in Theoretical Physics 2020. The prize recognises his ground-breaking contributions to the dynamics of non-integrable quantum many-body systems, in particular through the study of random quantum circuits.

From left to right: Michele Fava, Radu Coldea and Siddharth Parameswaran
28 September 2020

Three physicists at the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics have finally solved puzzles unearthed by one of the trio ten years ago.

26 August 2020

It is with sadness that the Department of Physics announces the death of Dr Brian Buck on 24 July 2020, aged 85.

19 August 2020

The Oxford Physics Endowment for Graduates (OXPEG) was established in 2016 to provide scholarships and flexible support for our graduate students. Every year, some 100 students join the Department of Physics to undertake postgraduate studies. We are exceptionally proud of the breadth and depth of opportunities that we offer our students and we are able to attract some of the brightest minds in the world. Our DPhil students have the chance to work alongside established experts conducting authoritative research with an international audience.

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