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4 July 2019

Professor Alexander Schekochihin has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2019 Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize for elucidating the dynamics that regulate the properties of turbulent, magnetised laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.

4 July 2019

Magnetic monopoles are fundamentally important but highly elusive elementary particles exhibiting quantised magnetic charge. The prospect for studying them has brightened in recent years with the theoretical realisation that, in certain classes of magnetic insulators, the thermally excited states exhibit all the characteristics of magnetic monopoles.

1 July 2019

Ian Shipsey the Henry Moseley Centenary Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Physics has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2019 Chadwick Medal and Prize For his elucidation of the physics of heavy quarks, the development of the enabling instrumentation, and leadership of scientific collaborations.

28 June 2019

The European Commission has announced the funding of a new Innovative Training Network, led by Oxford University, which will train PhD students in Machine Learning Skills to address Climate Change.

iMIRACLI (innovative MachIne leaRning to constrain Aerosol-cloud CLimate Impacts) brings together leading climate and machine learning scientists across Europe with non-academic partners, such as Amazon and the MetOffice, to educate a new generation of climate data scientists.

27 June 2019

A collaboration of experimental physicists led by Prof. JC Séamus Davis (University of Oxford), theoretical physicists led by Prof. Eun-Ah Kim (Cornell University), and computer scientists led by Prof. E. Kathami (San Jose State University), developed and trained a new Machine Learning (ML) protocol, based on a suite of artificial neural networks (ANN), that is designed to recognize different types of electronic ordered states which are hidden within electronic quantum matter image-arrays.

21 June 2019

Physics Newsletter Spring 2019

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (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) or in a digital version.

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

14 June 2019

Physics researchers taking part of the 'Thinking 3D' programme of events

From March this year, until February 2020, visitors to Oxford will have a chance to learn the answer to questions such as: 'How did humans first learn to communicate a three-dimensional idea on the two-dimensional page? What can we learn from past attempts by great thinkers like Leonardo, with his heart of glass? And whose work is pushing the boundaries of three-dimensionality in Oxford today?'

7 June 2019

Superconductors are quantum materials that are perfect transmitters of electricity and electronic information. Although they form the technological basis of solid-state quantum computing, they are also its key limiting factor because conventional superconductors only work at temperatures near -270 C. This has motivated a worldwide race to try to discover higher temperature superconductors. Materials containing CuO2 crystal layers (cuprates) are, at present, the best candidate for highest temperature superconductivity, operating at approximately -120 C.

22 May 2019

The handling of non-spherical micron-sized objects is a challenge for the manufacturing industry and for the wider exploitation of nanomaterials. Current manipulation techniques consist of pick-and-place machines used to place microelectronic components onto circuit boards, and optical methods that use laser radiation to manipulate objects. Pick-and-place methods are unsuitable for objects smaller than 100 microns because electrostatic and Van der Waals attraction prevents their release.

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