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22 May 2018

The increasing miniaturisation of electronic chips is enabling a technological revolution, exemplified in a growing number of applications, from powerful mobile phones to the internet of things. But as the components of our electronic devices become smaller and smaller, we need to use the unintuitive laws of quantum physics to understand their behaviour and predict, for instance, how much heat a small quantum machine will generate when driven at maximum power.

14 May 2018

Congratulations to Philip Stier and Laura Herz who has received a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research and you can read more at https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/programmes-by-target-group.html

10 May 2018

Many congratulations to Guy Wilkinson who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

You can see the citation at https://royalsociety.org/people/guy-wilkinson-13852/

27 April 2018

An Oxford team has succeeded in stabilising the arrival time of a ‘relativistic’ beam of electrons, travelling at almost the speed of light, to 50 femtoseconds. This overcomes one of the major challenges facing the proposed Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).

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24 April 2018

Patrick Irwin, Professor of Planetary Physics (from the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics group here in the Department of Physics) and global collaborators spectroscopically dissected the infrared light from Uranus captured by the eight-metre Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea. They found hydrogen sulphide, the odiferous gas that most people avoid, in Uranus’s cloud tops.

18 April 2018

It is with sadness that we announce that Professor Sir Roger Elliott FRS, died on 16 April 2018 aged 89.

Roger was appointed to a University Lectureship in Theoretical Physics and a Tutorial Fellowship at St John’s College in 1957, was promoted to Reader in 1964, and held the Wykeham Professorship of Theoretical Physics 1974-88. He was elected FRS in 1976 and knighted in 1987. He was Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society from 1984–1988, and served as chief executive of Oxford University Press from 1988 until 1993.

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.

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