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22 June 2017

Congratulations to Prof Steven Balbus who has been awarded an MPLS Teaching Award.

Prof Balbus commenced lecturing on the year 3 core course on General Relativity in HT 16. He received this award for his "exceptional ability to integrate research and teaching — both presenting complex current developments to undergraduates in an engaging and accessible form, and deriving new research insights through the teaching process."

21 June 2017

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that second year postgraduate student, Timothy Crothers, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2017 for the best presentation by a second year student at the annual poster session.

Many congratulations Tim.

19 June 2017

Professor Katherine Blundell is appointed OBE for services to astronomy and the education of young people.

14 June 2017

Physics Newsletter Spring 2017

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save it to 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 2017

We presented the first detection of the 670µm water transition in space in A&A, 601, L3. This transition can be used to trace the infrared radiation in the nucleus of galaxies providing key information on dust obscured events like the growth of supermassive black holes or extreme bursts of star-formation. This will help us to understand how galaxies evolve from star-forming spirals, like the Milky Way, to dead elliptical galaxies.

7 June 2017

Congratulations to Professor Daniela Bortoletto who has been awarded an MPLS Equality and Diversity Award in the Best Initiative category for 'the development of the annual Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics, an

2 June 2017

The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics (EPJE) has awarded Iranian physicist Ramin Golestanian the 2017 EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize. Ramin was selected for his outstanding theoretical contributions to the physics of microswimmers and their hydrodynamic interactions which have led to a series of exciting new discoveries and stimulated the development of the field of active matter.

18 May 2017

Congratulations to Prof Stephen Blundell who is a recipient of the Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award (MPLS) at the OUSU Teaching Awards ceremony held on 11 May 2017.

Information on other awards winners can be viewed here

17 May 2017

Congratulations to Professor Tony Bell who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his outstanding contributions to science. Tony is best known for his pioneering work into astrophysical and laser-produced plasmas, as well as work looking at cosmic ray acceleration.

Further details can be found here

8 May 2017

Condensed matter physics is the study of the multitude of ways in which matter can organise itself. Conventional phases, such as a ferromagnet, metal or superconductor, can be characterised by looking at the system locally in space. However, topological phases of matter require a different approach and in a recent Nature Physics paper we show the importance of topology for the excitations in a quantum magnet.

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