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19 July 2018

The Rumford Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor Ian Walmsley FRS for pioneering work in the quantum control of light and matter on ultrashort timescales, especially the invention and application of new techniques for characterization of quantum and classical light fields.

Professor Walmsley will be awarded a medal of silver gilt, accompanied by a gift of £2,000 at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November 2018.

Congratulations Ian!

12 July 2018

Prof John Chalker has been awarded the 2018 Dirac Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for:

'his pioneering, deep, and distinctive contributions to condensed-matter theory, particularly in the quantum Hall effect, and to geometrically frustrated magnets.’

You can read more here

29 June 2018

Michele Cappellari, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the Royal Society, was awarded the "Luigi Tartufari" International Prize for Astronomy 2018 by the Lincei Academy.

18 June 2018

Vortices are beautiful structures that are encountered in nature at all length-scales, from the nanometer to the billions of light years. In a paper appearing today in Nature Materials, the Oxide electronics group at the University of Oxford and their collaborators at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and the Diamond Light Source (UK) describe how they used a synchrotron-based microscopy technique to image an unprecedented form of magnetic vortices in thin films of hematite (α-Fe2O3, a form of ordinary rust).

14 June 2018

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).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

12 June 2018

Magnetic tomography has been used to reconstruct a tornado-like 3D magnetic skyrmion structure

11 June 2018

Rising CO2 may increase dangerous weather extremes, whatever happens to global temperatures

New research from the University of Oxford and collaborators at several other institutions provides compelling evidence that meeting the global warming target of 1.5°C may not be enough to limit the damage caused by extreme weather.

29 May 2018

Researchers from the University of Oxford have used resonant elastic X-ray scattering (REXS) at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot, UK) for the first demonstration of using a field gradient to control the motion of magnetic skyrmions.

22 May 2018

On Friday May 25 – Africa Day 2018 - a new telescope has been inaugurated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), near Sutherland, that will be an “eye of the MeerKAT radio array”, the country’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

22 May 2018

A team led by Professor Ard Louis from Oxford’s Department of Physics has shown how to make the coding theorem from algorithmic information theory practically applicable, and use it to show that many phenomena -- ranging from biological RNA structures to financial models to deep learning with neural networks -- exhibit ‘simplicity bias’, which makes simple outputs far more likely than complex outputs.