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.

24 May 2019

The Beecroft Building, designed by architects Hawkins\Brown, has won the RIBA South Award 2019 and the RIBA Building of the Year Award 2019.

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.

20 May 2019

Physics celebrates Diversity - Join Us!

This week the world celebrates UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May.
In our city, the Oxford Pride Festival is taking place from last Friday, 17 May, until 2nd of June.

19 May 2019

Alex Savin, a third year DPhil student in Prof Peter Norreys group in Atomic and Laser Physics, received the runner-up student presentation prize for his talk at the International Conference on High Energy Density science (ICHED 2019) conference in University College Oxford in April 2019. Alex's paper was entitled "Energy Absorption in the Laser-QED Regime" and described the interaction of multi-petawatt laser pulses with solid targets.

19 May 2019

Marko Mayr, a second-year DPhil student under the supervision of Prof Peter Norreys, was awarded a best poster competition prize by an expert panel at the Laser Plasma Accelerator Workshop, Split, Croatia, 6th -10th May 2019. Marko's poster was entitled "Wakefields in a Cluster Plasma" and described the research work he had conducted at the Clarendon Laboratory over the past eighteen months since he started his doctoral degree.

16 May 2019

Prof Katherine Blundell OBE appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy

Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Katherine Blundell OBE as Gresham Professor of Astronomy from 2019 in succession to Professor Joseph Silk.

16 May 2019

Congratulations to Professor Achillefs Kapanidis and Mr Bo Jing, CEO of Oxford Nanoimaging who have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2019 – an award celebrating excellent research which demonstrates impact.