Featured News

17 August 2020

Quantum information leaks away from a muon implanted in a fluoride crystal

A team from the Department of Physics at Oxford University has observed the decoherence process that occurs within quantum mechanical systems. Despite the many potential advantages of quantum computation, the integrity of any quantum mechanical system is vulnerable to interactions with its environment which cause any stored information to be slowly lost – decoherence.

17 July 2020

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has released a comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional map of the Universe ever created, filling in the most significant gaps in our possible exploration of its history.

23 June 2020

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format (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 2020

Dr Simon Calcutt from Oxford’s Department of Physics along with Professor Tom Pike from Imperial College London are leading on a new research project to improve the precision of maritime navigation.

The project aims to develop the MEMS component of a hybrid cold atoms MEMS gravity gradiometer and is funded by the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, led by the University of Birmingham. It will extend the Hub’s map-matching navigation technology to applications in maritime environments.

8 June 2020

A four-year observing campaign with the UK’s Lovell Telescope of an extraordinary source of Fast Radio Bursts – short duration bursts of radio emission thought to originate in a distant galaxy – has revealed an as yet undiscovered feature of this source. These latest findings have been published in a paper out today, 8 June 2020.

8 June 2020

Research led by Oxford Physicists shows how a novel functional discovery approach can be used to address a longstanding problem in the study of dense plasma opacities.

The work was performed at the FLASH free-electron laser in Hamburg, where femtosecond XUV pulses were focused down to micron spots to create solid density plasmas at temperatures exceeding 200,000 K.

6 May 2020

Scientists from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics have managed to record the full polarisation state of terahertz pulses by developing a nanowire-based sensor.

22 April 2020

It is with sadness that the Department of Physics announces the death of Dr William S.C. Williams on 15 April aged 90.

Bill graduated from University College London in 1950 and with a PhD in 1953. A Fulbright Scholarship took him to Stanford for a year and on returning he spent a year at General Electric. In 1955 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

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

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

Pages