29 April 2020

Professor Raymond Pierrehumbert, the Halley Professor of Physics at Oxford, has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to scientific understanding.

Professor Pierrehumbert works on the physics of the climate of planets – including Earth – and his research explores the past four billion years of the Universe and extrapolates to the next several billion years, extending from the Solar System out to the newly discovered exoplanets. He came to Oxford University in 2015 and became a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College.

22 April 2020

It is with sadness that the Department of Physics announces the death of Dr William S.C. Williams on 15 April aged 90.

Bill graduated from University College London in 1950 and with a PhD in 1953. A Fulbright Scholarship took him to Stanford for a year and on returning he spent a year at General Electric. In 1955 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

20 April 2020

The remarkable Sir John Houghton CBE FRS FLSW, meteorologist, climate change expert and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College has died, aged 88.

15 April 2020

Scientists from Oxford University’s Department of Physics are part of an international collaboration that has taken a major step forward in understanding the difference between matter and antimatter. The findings of the T2K collaboration, published today in Nature, start to reveal a basic property of neutrinos that has not been measured until now.

9 April 2020

Professor Séamus Davis is one of six world-class scientists to have been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Research Professorship. The appointment recognises scientists that have made – and that continue to make – exceptional contributions to science; the Research Professorship award provides the means for eminent scientists to focus on, and devote more time to, their ambitious and original research.

27 March 2020

Scientists around the world are racing to understand more about the COVID-19-causing virus – and physicists at Oxford are no exception. 'Without physics and physicists there could be no modern technological society, from microelectronics and telecommunications, to LCD displays and PET scanners in hospitals; it is therefore not surprising that physics has much to offer in the battle against CoV2,' explains Head of Department, Professor Ian Shipsey.

25 March 2020

A group of researchers led by the Department of Physics at Oxford University is working on a new method that would allow extremely rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19 – in as little as one minute.

5 March 2020

Professor Stephen Blundell from the Department of Physics at Oxford University has been awarded the prestigious Yamazaki Prize by the International Society for Muon Spectroscopy. The prize recognises his outstanding, sustained work in the field; Professor Blundell has been using muons to study the behaviour of advanced materials for more than 25 years.

3 March 2020

Name: Nora Eisner
Job title: Graduate student

3 March 2020

A research group led by Oxford’s Department of Physics has observed a black hole ejecting material at close to the speed of light, out to some of the largest separations ever seen. These observations have allowed a deeper understanding into how black holes feed into their environment.