9 October 2012

"For major contributions to the understanding of energetic particle generation and transport in relativistic laser-plasma interactions, including innovative experiments relevant to fast ignition fusion concepts."

3 October 2012

The newly launched Oxford Climate Research Network (OCRN) is a cross-divisional initiative aiming to promote collaborations between scientists who investigate climate-related issues in various departments at Oxford, and increase the visibility of climate research both within and outside the University.

27 September 2012

Congratulations to Dr Sam Stranks, who was recently presented with the Institute of Physics’ Roy Thesis Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the best nominated thesis in condensed matter and materials physics.

26 September 2012

Dr Starinets has been awarded an ERC Starting grant for research on non-equilibrium gauge-string duality.

20 September 2012

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Mike Glazer on winning the Jan Czochralski Award of the European Materials Research Society. The medal was presented on 19 September 2012 at the E-MRS Fall Meeting in Warsaw, with laudation for the prize delivered by Professor Ekhard Salje FRS from Cambridge University. The award recognizes lifetime achievements in Materials Science - in Mike's case particularly his highly cited works on perovskites.

19 September 2012

Why String Theory? website aims to provide the general public with an introduction to the mysteries of string theory.

You’ll learn where string theory came from, why people research it and what they hope to find out. No prior knowledge of higher physics or mathematics is assumed, but nevertheless there is sufficient depth of material for you to be able to gain a true insight into current developments.

18 September 2012

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Mr Chaw Keong Yong, third year postgraduate student, has been awarded the Nicholas Kurti Prize 2012 for the best presentation and distinguished work by a third year postgraduate student.

31 August 2012

The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science is expanding, with a new research base at Imperial College London joining two existing centres at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Oxford.

28 August 2012

The Department of Physics has been granted an Athena Swan Bronze Award.

For further details, please see the full Story at

The beliefs underpinning the Athena Swan Charter are:

15 August 2012

An eccentric class of materials known as topological insulators (TIs) has caught the interest and imagination of physicists, materials scientists, and technologists alike, as it permits loss-free electricity conduction at room temperature. TIs are insulating in the inside, but conduct electricity on their surfaces. The current that it carries has some special properties that arise from the quantum nature of the material. The motion and spin are locked together: the path of the surface electrons determine their spin and in turn is determined by it.