21 November 2019

The University of Oxford has received a grant of £1.2m to provide essential contributions to the DUNE experiment. This is part of the latest UK multi-million pound investment in the DUNE global science project that brings together the scientific communities of the UK and 31 countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas to build the world’s most advanced neutrino observatory. The DUNE project has the potential to lead to profound changes in our understanding of the universe.

21 November 2019

Astronomers at Oxford University’s Physics Department have been involved in the first-ever detection of a gamma-ray burst (GRB) by a ground-based high-energy telescope. The GRB, likely associated with the catastrophic explosion of a massive star, was first detected on January 14, 2019, by the orbiting Swift and Fermi satellites.

A major breakthrough

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.

14 November 2019

Dr Amalia Coldea and her group at Oxford University’s Physics Department, with the support of international collaborators at high-magnetic field facilities in Tallahassee, USA and Toulouse, France, have been able to access quantum oscillations and reveal the quantum behaviour of electrons in a new family of nematic superconductors.

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.

10 September 2019

Ramy Aboushelbaya has been invited to address the American Physical Society's Division of Plasma Physics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October 2019. Ramy will summarise the pioneering research that he has conducted over the past three years during his DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics. Photon-photon scattering in vacuum is one of the oldest and most intriguing predictions of quantum electrodynamics, as it would confirm what is called "vacuum polarization" and change our perception of what constitutes the vacuum itself.

4 July 2019

Professor Alexander Schekochihin has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2019 Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize for elucidating the dynamics that regulate the properties of turbulent, magnetised laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.

4 July 2019

Magnetic monopoles are fundamentally important but highly elusive elementary particles exhibiting quantised magnetic charge. The prospect for studying them has brightened in recent years with the theoretical realisation that, in certain classes of magnetic insulators, the thermally excited states exhibit all the characteristics of magnetic monopoles.

1 July 2019

Ian Shipsey the Henry Moseley Centenary Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Physics has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2019 Chadwick Medal and Prize For his elucidation of the physics of heavy quarks, the development of the enabling instrumentation, and leadership of scientific collaborations.