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Image to represent cosmic particle accelerator
22 February 2021

Professor Rob Fender from Oxford’s Department of Physics gathered and interpreted radio observations that helped an international collaboration of scientists discover a gigantic cosmic particle accelerator.

How ExoMars studies the atmosphere
10 February 2021

Sea salt embedded in the dusty surface of Mars and lofted into the planet’s atmosphere has led to the discovery of hydrogen chloride – the first time the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected a new gas.

Belinda Nicholson
3 February 2021

Name: Belinda Nicholson
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Professor Philip Burrows wiht CLIC prototype structure at TMD Technologies
3 February 2021

Professor Philip Burrows has been working with UK company TMD Technologies to design key elements of a next-generation electron-positron collider at CERN. Professor Burrows leads the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) Collaboration which is preparing the design of the collider that could serve as a ‘factory’ for mass-producing Higgs bosons. Such a Higgs factory has been identified by the global particle physics community as its top priority for a next-generation subatomic particle collider facility.

Dr Becky Smethurst presenting Stargazing Oxford @Home 2021
1 February 2021

For the last ten years, we have thrown open the doors at the Department of Physics for our Stargazing event – an afternoon and evening of fascinating talks, hands-on activities and, not surprisingly, telescopes. Not wanting to disappoint this year, the team rose to the challenge of pandemic-proofing the event and Stargazing Oxford @Home was born.

An artist’s rendering of 55 Cancri e, a carbon-rich exoplanet. Credit: ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser
27 January 2021

In a historic first, a team of scientists have successfully measured the structure of carbon at pressures reaching 2,000 gigapascals (GPa) – five times the pressure in Earth’s core and nearly doubling the maximum pressure at which a crystal structure has ever been directly probed.

The group, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Oxford, used the LLNL flagship Nation Ignition Facility (NIF) in their work, which is the largest laser system in the world. The results are published in Nature.

Artist's impression of solar system forming in two stages
21 January 2021

An international team of researchers from the University of Oxford, LMU Munich, ETH Zurich, BGI Bayreuth, and the University of Zurich discovered that a two-step formation process of the early Solar System can explain the chronology and split in volatile (like water) and isotope content of the inner and outer Solar System. Their findings were published today in Science.

Artist's impression of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) analysing teh maritan atmosphere
19 January 2021

Dr Kevin Olsen from Oxford’s Department of Physics, working with international colleagues, has gathered new insights into Mars’ atmosphere thanks to data gathered from the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

Professor Ian Shipsey
13 January 2021

Today, UKRI announced the launch of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme that will support scientists using quantum technology to study the universe in new ways in order to determine the nature of dark matter, detect gravitational waves and study the physics of black holes. Professor Ian Shipsey is Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford and has championed the programme since its inception:

A source of laser-cooled strontium atoms to be used in the Atom Interferometry Observatory Network (AION) project
13 January 2021

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including AION: a UK atom interferometer observatory and network.

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