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19 September 2018

The University of Oxford has marked the opening of the Beecroft Building, a new 8,950sqm building for experimental and theoretical physics.

World wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and donor Adrian Beecroft joined the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, to officially open the new state-of-the-art facility located in Oxford University’s science area in Parks Road.

7 September 2018


Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS, a member of the Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics at Oxford, was chosen by a panel of leading scientists to receive the $3m (£2.3m) Special Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for her landmark work on pulsars and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.

3 September 2018

Researchers from Oxford’s Centre for Applied Superconductivity (CfAS) in Oxford Physics have uncovered the impressive properties of a novel superconductor, marking it out as the best of its kind with huge technological potential.

28 August 2018

A new milestone in the study of the Higgs boson

ATLAS observes elusive Higgs boson decay to a pair of bottom quarks, a confirmation of the ‘Yukawa couplings’

By Prof Daniela Bortoletto. 28 August 2018, Geneva


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

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12 June 2018

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