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21 March 2018

The mystery of how comets are able to emit X-rays has been solved by a team led by the University of Oxford.

The research published in Nature Physics considers the longstanding scientific question of how comets are able to radiate X-rays. A conundrum that is particularly puzzling, given that such emission is normally associated with very hot objects like the Sun, and comets are among the coldest objects in the Solar System.

15 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

On 13 March 2018, physicists awoke to news that Prof Stephen Hawking, surely Oxford’s best known physics undergraduate (Univ. 1959), had died peacefully in his sleep. He leaves behind a monumental legacy.

1 March 2018

Researchers Vera Schäfer and Dr Chris Ballance in Professor David Lucas's group have set a new speed record for the 'logic gates' that form the building blocks of quantum computing – a technology that could transform the way we process information.

21 February 2018

Congratulation to Dr Kerri Donaldson Hanna who has been awarded the 2018 Winton Award for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society.

7 February 2018

The annual MPLS Impact Awards aim to foster and raise awareness of impact by rewarding it at a local level, and prepare the ground for the impact case studies that will be needed for REF 2021, and future similar exercises. This year’s awards were presented at the MPLS Winter Reception on the 6th February at Mansfield College, with the winners receiving a pay award of £1,000 (minus taxes).

Oxford Physicists won awards in three out of the four categories!

29 January 2018

Congratulations to Hintze Research Fellow Rebecca Bowler who has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society 2018 Winton Award for Astronomy.

22 January 2018

An international team of astronomers, including many from the UK, has revealed an ‘astonishing’ overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy.

The discovery, made in the gigantic star-forming region 30 Doradus in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, has ‘far-reaching’ consequences for our understanding of how stars transformed the pristine Universe into the one we live in today.

11 January 2018

Researchers at the University of Oxford have demonstrated, for the first time, how to use molecules to manipulate the surface of a ‘topological insulator’, an exotic material with unusual electronic properties. Understanding and manipulating these properties is a notable step towards the innovative information transfer and storage promised by ‘spintronics’.

18 December 2017

Radioactivity detectors are widely used in society to ensure safe levels of human exposure to potentially dangerous radiation are maintained. Measuring radiation in the atmosphere is also of great interest to researchers as its effects on the lower atmosphere are currently poorly understood.

18 December 2017

Oxford Physicists have partnered with UK quantum technology companies to win funding in the latest Innovate UK competition. Three of our collaborative projects were awarded grants and are described below.