20 September 2017

"Why are we here?"

Oxford physicists could change our understanding of the universe in this new venture...

(In the photo we see from left to right, Prof Alfons Weber, Prof Giles Barr and Dr Farrukh Azfar. Photo copyright Department of Physics/S.Bebb)

21 August 2017

Chico Camargo, of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics has won an Early Career Researcher award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, which celebrate public engagement work across the University. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 28 June hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

17 August 2017

It is with great sadness that the Physics Department announces the death of Professor Michael Baker on the 10th of August at the age of 86.

15 August 2017

Oxford Physicists Line Up Laser Pulses To Drive Plasma Wakefields

A team led by Professor Simon Hooker's group at Oxford have shown that very compact particle accelerators could be driven by trains of laser pulses travelling through a plasma (an ionized gas). This work illustrates the potential for efficient plasma accelerators operating at much higher pulse repetition rates than possible to date.

14 August 2017

Congratulations to Tim Palmer who has been elected a Foreign Member of the Italian Accademia dei Lincei which was founded in 1603 and is the oldest such academy in the world.

14 August 2017

The Department of Physics has been successful in winning funding for two new exciting projects in the latest quantum technologies competition, which was co-funded by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Of the funding, 65% will go towards supporting company activities, and the remaining 35% to academic research.

21 July 2017

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell awarded the President’s Medal of the Institute of Physics

Many Congratulations to Jocelyn Bell Burnell who has been awarded the President’s Medal of the Institute of Physics "for her outstanding contributions to physics through pioneering research in astronomy, most notably the discovery of the first pulsars, and through her unparalleled record of leadership within the community"

15 July 2017

Justin Ball, student of Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics has been awarded a 2017 EPS DPP PhD Research Award for his study of the effect of plasma boundary shape on driving intrinsic rotation in the tokamak, and more generally on the confinement properties.

More information can be found here.

14 July 2017

Congratulations to Prof Paolo Radaelli (Head of Condensed Matter Physics), who has been awarded the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the President of the Italian Republic.

14 July 2017

The LHCb experiment is charmed to announce observation of a new particle with two heavy quarks