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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.

31 October 2019

Professor Donal Bradley, Visiting Professor of Physics and former head of the Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences division at Oxford University, was awarded the European Material Research Society’s Jan Czochralski Gold Medal this year. The award recognises Professor Bradley’s outstanding achievements in the field of advanced materials science and the ceremony took place in September.

18 October 2019

Oxford Physics alumna Dr. Cecilia Muldoon and her team from VeriVin Ltd have been awarded a prestigious Institute of Physics Business Start-Up Award for VeriVin’s through-barrier analyser, that allows the authentication, characterisation and monitoring of complex liquids without opening their container.

The IOP Business Start-Up Award specifically recognises and celebrates young companies with a great business idea founded on a physics invention, with the potential for business growth and significant societal impact.

18 October 2019

Researchers worked with young people and community groups in Oxford to design and build colourful creations inspired by our exciting space-related science for this year’s Cowley Road Carnival, thanks to funding from STFC.

The carnival takes place every year and regularly attracts 50,000 people. This year’s event, which was held on 7th July 2019, had the theme of ‘Space is the Place’ and celebrated the exciting work being carried out by scientists in and around Oxford, and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in July 1969.

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