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31 January 2020

Ever wondered how you can measure the speed of light with marshmallows or wanted to find out more about the largest telescope on Earth? The Department of Physics opened its doors for its annual Stargazing event on Saturday 25 January and welcomed some 1,209 keen and curious visitors of all ages.

22 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Adam Nahum who was awarded the Physik-Preis Dresden of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) and Technische Universität Dresden on 14 January 2020.

6 January 2020

Physics Newsletter Autumn 2019

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.

17 December 2019

Professor Heino Falcke of Radboud University, Nijmegen delivered the 19th Hintze Lecture at Oxford University's Department of Physics on 14 November. During this public lecture, he reviewed the latest results of the Event Horizon Telescope, its scientific implications and future expansions of the array.

10 December 2019

Oxford University’s Kai Kornhuber and colleagues have discovered jet stream patterns that could affect up to a quarter of global food production.

25 November 2019

Noah Waterfield Price, a joint DPhil student between the University of Oxford and the Diamond Light source, was awarded the PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography on November 4th, 2019 at Milton Hill House near Abingdon. The Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography is awarded every year for the best use of techniques or methods of Physical Crystallography in a successfully examined thesis submitted in the previous 2 years.

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.

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.

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.

10 October 2019

As James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz are announced as the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, we look at the significance of their work.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to James Peebles for his theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.