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1 May 2019

Dr Roger Johnson has been awarded the BTM Willis prize for his work on the understanding of magnetic and magnetoelectric phenomena achieved through state-of-the-art structural studies of complex crystalline solids. The prize is jointly awarded by the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry Neutron Scattering Groups to an early career researcher. Dr Johnson is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Quantum Materials section of the sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics.

29 April 2019

Astronomers have discovered rapidly swinging jets coming from a black hole almost 8000 light-years from Earth.

Published today in the journal Nature, the research shows jets from V404 Cygni’s black hole behaving in a way never seen before on such short timescales.

The jets appear to be rapidly rotating with high-speed clouds of plasma—potentially just minutes apart—shooting out of the black hole.

15 April 2019

Our world and the whole Universe is full of turbulent fluids, usually in the plasma state. Most people are familiar with the notion of turbulence. Whether it is the chaotic swirls that appear as you add milk to your coffee or tea or the unpredictable motions of the atmosphere all too familiar to frequent fliers. However, despite this ubiquity, it is exceptionally hard to pin down in precise mathematical terms, with current theories either derived empirically or through dimensional analysis.

12 April 2019

Dr Becky Smethurst, Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics at Christ Church, has been speaking in the media about the new image of a black hole at the centre of the galaxy M87, released on 10th April.

9 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that nuclear and particle physicist Dr Xianguo Lu has been awarded an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship 2019 to work on 'Neutrino interactions in the GeV regime'.

You can read more about his work here.

Congratulations Xianguo!

9 April 2019

The way we understand the universe is influenced by many women both past and present, so during British Science Week we ran a “Women in Astronomy” study day for 57 girls aged 13-16 years, providing them with the opportunity to find out more about women in astronomy and their amazing work. Participants gained insight into how we study the cosmos and they had the opportunity to meet women astronomers working in Oxford. The event aimed to promote women into astronomy and allowed the girls to consider whether a career in astronomy might be for them!

8 April 2019

Almost one hundred undergraduate women in physics spent three days in Oxford earlier this month for the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics UK. This is the fifth time Oxford Physics has hosted the conference under the leadership of Professor Daniela Bortoletto.

29 March 2019

Peter Norreys, Oxford’s Professor of Inertial Fusion Science, is chairing the “International Conference on High Energy Density Science” in University College Oxford on behalf of the Institute of Physics plasma physics group from 1st – 5th April 2019. The 120 registered participants from all over the world will be coming to Oxford discuss a range of topics ranging from the behaviour of matter under extreme pressures, laboratory plasma astrophysics, progress in inertial confinement fusion through to high laser electric field phenomena.

26 March 2019

In 2015 the LHCb collaboration, of which Oxford is a founding member, reported the discovery of pentaquark states, an exotic form of subatomic matter that had eluded discovery since its prediction over 50 years previously. Today (26/3/19), using its full data set from Runs 1 and 2 of the LHC, the collaboration has announced a major and surprising update to this analysis.

25 March 2019

On Wednesday, 20 March 2019, The Institute of Physics announced the launch of The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship bursary scheme to support full or part-time graduate students who wish to study PhD physics and come from under-represented and minority groups.