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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 lead 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 lead 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.

3 March 2020

Theoretical physicists from Oxford’s Department of Physics have made a step forward in harnessing the power of bacteria.

25 February 2020

Peter Norreys, Professor of Inertial Fusion Science in Oxford University’s Department of Physics, is bringing together the world’s leading scientists and policy advocates to begin preparations for the next generation facilities that could unleash the potential of inertial fusion energy – and help to halt climate change.

20 February 2020

Researchers at Oxford have devised a broadband high efficiency frequency up-converter based on the nonlinear wave mixing mechanism in a travelling wave parametric device. The up-converter exhibits quantum-limit noise performance, high conversion efficiency and cleanly defined spectral components. Key application areas include quantum-computing, astronomical experimentation and cryogenic readout applications.

6 February 2020

For the first time scientists have observed muon ionization cooling – a major step in being able to build the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. This new muon accelerator will give us a better understanding of the fundamental constituents of matter.

31 January 2020

Ever wondered how you can measure the speed of light with marshmallows or wanted to find out more about the largest telescope on Earth? The Department of Physics opened its doors for its annual Stargazing event on Saturday 25 January and welcomed some 1,209 keen and curious visitors of all ages.

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