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3 March 2020

Theoretical physicists from Oxford’s Department of Physics have made a step forward in harnessing the power of bacteria.

25 February 2020

Peter Norreys, Professor of Inertial Fusion Science in Oxford University’s Department of Physics, is bringing together the world’s leading scientists and policy advocates to begin preparations for the next generation facilities that could unleash the potential of inertial fusion energy – and help to halt climate change.

20 February 2020

Researchers at Oxford have devised a broadband high efficiency frequency up-converter based on the nonlinear wave mixing mechanism in a travelling wave parametric device. The up-converter exhibits quantum-limit noise performance, high conversion efficiency and cleanly defined spectral components. Key application areas include quantum-computing, astronomical experimentation and cryogenic readout applications.

6 February 2020

For the first time scientists have observed muon ionization cooling – a major step in being able to build the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. This new muon accelerator will give us a better understanding of the fundamental constituents of matter.

31 January 2020

Ever wondered how you can measure the speed of light with marshmallows or wanted to find out more about the largest telescope on Earth? The Department of Physics opened its doors for its annual Stargazing event on Saturday 25 January and welcomed some 1,209 keen and curious visitors of all ages.

29 January 2020

Citizen science project Planet Hunters TESS proved its worth when its army of volunteers discovered an exoplanet – a planet beyond our own Solar System – that computer algorithms had missed.

22 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Adam Nahum who was awarded the Physik-Preis Dresden of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) and Technische Universität Dresden on 14 January 2020.

10 January 2020

Two astrophysicists from Oxford’s Department of Physics have been awarded prestigious medals by the Royal Astronomical Society in the society's bicentenary year: Professor Rob Fender (left), Head of Astrophysics at Oxford and Visiting SKA Professor at the University of Cape Town, receives the Herschel medal while Professor Steve Balbus (right), Savillian Professor of Astronomy and Fellow of the Royal Society, is awarded the Eddington medal.

6 January 2020

Physics Newsletter Autumn 2019

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

17 December 2019

Professor Heino Falcke of Radboud University, Nijmegen delivered the 19th Hintze Lecture at Oxford University's Department of Physics on 14 November. During this public lecture, he reviewed the latest results of the Event Horizon Telescope, its scientific implications and future expansions of the array.

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