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.

22 November 2019

A team of researchers from the Physics Department at Oxford University and their collaborators have developed a new method that allows extremely rapid detection of pathogenic viruses – in as little as one minute – which is significantly faster than existing diagnostic tests.

21 November 2019

The University of Oxford has received a grant of £1.2m to provide essential contributions to the DUNE experiment. This is part of the latest UK multi-million pound investment in the DUNE global science project that brings together the scientific communities of the UK and 31 countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas to build the world’s most advanced neutrino observatory. The DUNE project has the potential to lead to profound changes in our understanding of the universe.

21 November 2019

Astronomers at Oxford University’s Physics Department have been involved in the first-ever detection of a gamma-ray burst (GRB) by a ground-based high-energy telescope. The GRB, likely associated with the catastrophic explosion of a massive star, was first detected on January 14, 2019, by the orbiting Swift and Fermi satellites.

A major breakthrough

20 November 2019

The observed acceleration of the Hubble expansion rate has been attributed to a mysterious ‘dark energy’ which supposedly makes up about 70% of the universe.

20 November 2019

Observers from the ThunderKAT project, co-led by Professor Rob Fender at Oxford University and Professor Patrick Woudt at the University of Cape Town, have discovered the first of what promises to be a bumper harvest of variable and transient radio sources in images from the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

14 November 2019

Dr Amalia Coldea and her group at Oxford University’s Physics Department, with the support of international collaborators at high-magnetic field facilities in Tallahassee, USA and Toulouse, France, have been able to access quantum oscillations and reveal the quantum behaviour of electrons in a new family of nematic superconductors.

1 November 2019

How do we transform our research from something hidden in our labs into a technology you can use? In October, we shared some of our secrets through our Physics: Lab to Life initiative as part of the IF Oxford science festival. We opened our doors to some 200 curious teenagers and adults so they could find out more about physics and how it impacts daily life. Visitors were able to listen to lectures as well as take tours of our laboratories and speak to the physicists themselves about their work, how they go about it and what impact it might have on society.