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Professor Frank Close
6 May 2021

Emeritus Professor Frank Close OBE has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his extraordinarily effective work in explaining profound concepts in physics at all levels of society including in parliament and to the general public.

Professor Close is one of 52 Fellows as well as 10 Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow to be selected from around the globe for their exceptional contributions to science. Having studied for his DPhil at Oxford, he returned as Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2001.

Jiri Kucera
4 May 2021

Name: Jiri Kucera
Job title: Graduate student, Atomic and Laser Physics

Hannah Dalgleish
4 May 2021

Name: Dr Hannah Dalgleish
Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Astronomy for Development

Chiara Spiniello
13 April 2021

Name: Chiara Spiniello
Job title: Hintze Fellow

Headshot Simon Proud
13 April 2021

Name: Simon Proud
Job title: NERC Innovation Fellow

Prince Philip with Nicholas Kurti, 4 November, 1960
9 April 2021

As Buckingham Palace today announces the death of Prince Philip aged 99, our archivist, Professor Stephen Blundell describes a recorded visit to the Department of Physics on 4 November 1960.

‘The Clarendon archive contains several documents describing the detailed arrangements for Prince Philip’s visit to the Department of Physics, part of an Oxford day out for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and in reading them one gets the sense of a different age, where protocol and deference were very much the order of the day.

The Muon g-2 ring sits in its detector hall amidst electronics racks, the muon beamline, and other equipment. This impressive experiment operates at negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit and studies the precession (or wobble) of muons as they travel through the magnetic field.
9 April 2021

The Fermilab Muon g−2 experiment has released its first results showing the muon magnetic dipole moment differs from the theoretical prediction by a significant margin, confirming the results of an earlier experiment. This might be a sign of new phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

The night sky from ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile showing the VLT Auxiliary Telescopes
30 March 2021

Dr Chiara Spiniello from Oxford’s Department of Physics is leading work to study 'fossilised' galaxies – galaxies frozen in time from when they were formed almost 10 billion years ago. Learning more about these 'ancient relics' will help to inform our understanding of the formation and evolution of our Universe.

27 March 2021

A new paper led by Dr Simon Proud, research fellow at the Department of Physics and the National Centre for Earth Observation, describes a unprecedentedly cold temperature measured atop a severe thunderstorm cloud in the Pacific by an Earth-orbiting satellite. This temperature of -111°C is more than 30°C colder than typical storm clouds and is the coldest known measurement of storm cloud temperature.

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23 March 2021

The LHCb collaboration has revealed strengthening evidence for a violation of lepton universality in B-mesons decaying to a kaon plus a pair of leptons, electrons compared to muons. This B→Kl+l- decay requires the rare, flavour-changing neutral current transition, b→sl+l-, which is well acknowledged for potential sensitivity to the influence of unknown physics.

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