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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.

20 March 2019

Sometimes satellites can provide an unexpected view of events. On the 18th December 2018 a huge meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the northern Pacific Ocean, an event that – due to its isolated location – attracted very little attention at the time. American military satellites that look for bright flashes detected the meteor as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere and this enabled scientists at NASA to calculate its trajectory[1].

14 March 2019

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Oxford Physics held its second annual girls-in-STEM event (science, technology, engineering and maths). ‘Marie Curious’ brings together 100 local girls aged 11-14 and 30 scientists for a day of interactive science including hands-on workshops, a panel discussion and a science show about light! You can see more photos from the day here.

20 February 2019

The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and prepare the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises. This year’s awards were presented at the MPLS Winter Reception on the 19th February at Mansfield College, with the winners receiving a pay award of £1,000.

Congratulations to Oxford Physicist Dr Sam Henry who won the award for Public Engagement with Research Impact.

12 February 2019

Better to dry a rocky planet before use

5 February 2019

Cassiopeia A at Stargazing Oxford!

Last weekend we hosted Stargazing Oxford in the Department, our biggest annual public event. So many excting things happened and were there to see and learn from!

1 February 2019

A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a deep ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the overturning and variability is occurring not in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as past modelling studies have suggested, but in regions between Greenland and Scotland.

29 January 2019

Oliver Humphries and Sam Vinko from Oxford Physics were part of one of the first user experiments to take place at the European XFEL, the flagship x-ray free-electron laser facility currently being commissioned at DESY in Hamburg, Germany. The first user results were reported at the annual XFEL User meeting on 23 January.

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