29 June 2018

Michele Cappellari, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the Royal Society, was awarded the "Luigi Tartufari" International Prize for Astronomy 2018 by the Lincei Academy.

20 June 2018

Pyramidal magneto-optical trap

Oxford Physics researchers have designed a compact magneto-optical trap with identical mirrors and mounts, making it easier to manufacture and fit inside a standard size vacuum tube.

18 June 2018

Vortices are beautiful structures that are encountered in nature at all length-scales, from the nanometer to the billions of light years. In a paper appearing today in Nature Materials, the Oxide electronics group at the University of Oxford and their collaborators at University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and the Diamond Light Source (UK) describe how they used a synchrotron-based microscopy technique to image an unprecedented form of magnetic vortices in thin films of hematite (α-Fe2O3, a form of ordinary rust).

14 June 2018

A novel technology using spectroscopy to capture multiple two-dimensional spectral images from a single capture with higher light throughput. The 3D laser spectrometer design is built upon the concept from an emerging field of compressed sensing to make it possible to retrieve 3D spectral information from a screen/camera. In contrast to ordinary spectrometers, the 3D spectrometer uses a wide slit instead of a narrow slit, thus producing a higher throughput of the light and yield higher signal-to-noise ratio.

12 June 2018

Magnetic tomography has been used to reconstruct a tornado-like 3D magnetic skyrmion structure

4 June 2018

Congratulations to Helena Bates who has been selected as one of the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellows,

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29 May 2018

Researchers from the University of Oxford have used resonant elastic X-ray scattering (REXS) at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot, UK) for the first demonstration of using a field gradient to control the motion of magnetic skyrmions.

22 May 2018

A team led by Professor Ard Louis from Oxford’s Department of Physics has shown how to make the coding theorem from algorithmic information theory practically applicable, and use it to show that many phenomena -- ranging from biological RNA structures to financial models to deep learning with neural networks -- exhibit ‘simplicity bias’, which makes simple outputs far more likely than complex outputs.

22 May 2018

The increasing miniaturisation of electronic chips is enabling a technological revolution, exemplified in a growing number of applications, from powerful mobile phones to the internet of things. But as the components of our electronic devices become smaller and smaller, we need to use the unintuitive laws of quantum physics to understand their behaviour and predict, for instance, how much heat a small quantum machine will generate when driven at maximum power.

14 May 2018

Congratulations to Philip Stier and Laura Herz who has received a Humboldt Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research and you can read more at