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.

10 December 2019

Oxford University’s Kai Kornhuber and colleagues have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food production.

10 December 2019

Astronomer Suzanne Aigrain from the Physics Department at Oxford University has been awarded almost 2 million Euros from the European Research Council to develop novel data analysis techniques that are essential to find Earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars.

2 December 2019

In order to successfully tackle climate change, Professor Tim Palmer from Oxford University and Professor Bjorn Stevens from the Max Planck Society argue that we must invest in an ambitious new multi-national modelling strategy to further our knowledge of climate science – they are calling for a climate change equivalent of CERN.

Bold initiatives are needed

25 November 2019

Noah Waterfield Price, a joint DPhil student between the University of Oxford and the Diamond Light source, was awarded the PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography on November 4th, 2019 at Milton Hill House near Abingdon. The Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography is awarded every year for the best use of techniques or methods of Physical Crystallography in a successfully examined thesis submitted in the previous 2 years.

22 November 2019

Scientists at Oxford University’s Physics Department have developed a new way to simulate quantum systems of many particles to allow for the investigation of the dynamic properties of quantum systems. It is based on a long-known alternative formulation of quantum mechanics which now has been empowered to allow the study of large quantum systems.