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12 April 2019

Dr Becky Smethurst, Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics at Christ Church, has been speaking in the media about the new image of a black hole at the centre of the galaxy M87, released on 10th April.

12 April 2019

The first results from the ExoMars mission supported by the UK Space Agency reveal the effects of a massive, global dust storm on the Red Planet.
British instruments reveal secrets of martian sky

Over the last year the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft followed the onset of the storm and monitored how the increase in dust affected the water vapour in the atmosphere - important for understanding the history of water on Mars.

9 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that nuclear and particle physicist Dr Xianguo Lu has been awarded an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 2019 to work on 'Neutrino interactions in the GeV regime'.

You can read more about his work here.

Congratulations Xianguo!

9 April 2019

The way we understand the universe is influenced by many women both past and present, so during British Science Week we ran a “Women in Astronomy” study day for 57 girls aged 13-16 years, providing them with the opportunity to find out more about women in astronomy and their amazing work. Participants gained insight into how we study the cosmos and they had the opportunity to meet women astronomers working in Oxford. The event aimed to promote women into astronomy and allowed the girls to consider whether a career in astronomy might be for them!

8 April 2019

Almost one hundred undergraduate women in physics spent three days in Oxford earlier this month for the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK. This is the fifth time Oxford Physics has hosted the conference under the leadership of Professor Daniela Bortoletto.

29 March 2019

An international team of researchers from United Kingdom, Denmark, and Germany has found robust evidence for signatures of the 11-year sunspot cycle in the tropical Pacific. They analyzed historical time series of pressure, surface winds, and precipitation with specific focus on the Walker Circulation - a vast system of atmospheric flow in the tropical Pacific region that affects patterns of tropical rainfall. They have revealed that during periods of increased solar irradiance, the trade winds weaken and the Walker circulation shifts eastwards.

29 March 2019

Peter Norreys, Oxford’s Professor of Inertial Fusion Science, is chairing the “International Conference on High Energy Density Science” in University College Oxford on behalf of the Institute of Physics plasma physics group from 1st – 5th April 2019. The 120 registered participants from all over the world will be coming to Oxford discuss a range of topics ranging from the behaviour of matter under extreme pressures, laboratory plasma astrophysics, progress in inertial confinement fusion through to high laser electric field phenomena.

26 March 2019

In 2015 the LHCb collaboration, of which Oxford is a founding member, reported the discovery of pentaquark states, an exotic form of subatomic matter that had eluded discovery since its prediction over 50 years previously. Today (26/3/19), using its full data set from Runs 1 and 2 of the LHC, the collaboration has announced a major and surprising update to this analysis.

25 March 2019

On Wednesday, 20 March 2019, The Institute of Physics announced the launch of The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship bursary scheme to support full or part-time graduate students who wish to study PhD physics and come from under-represented and minority groups.

21 March 2019

The LHCb collaboration, of which Oxford is a founding institute, has today (21/3/19) announced a major new discovery in particle physics: the first observation of CP violation in decays of particles containing charm quarks.

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