15 June 2016

Scientists from a large international collaboration (Oxford, AWE, CEA, LULI, Observatoire de Paris, University of Michigan, University of York and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) have succeeded for the first time in generating a laboratory analogue of a strong shock that is generated when matter falls at very high speed on the surface of extremely dense stars called white dwarfs.

6 June 2016

First year Oxford graduate student Jesse Liu has just released a paper showing how the increase in LHC energy from 8 to 13 TeV has squeezed the permissible models of the theory of supersymmetry.

Supersymmetric theories predicts particles that could help explain the mysterious dark matter in our universe, and which can be produced at the LHC, so they are well worth pursuing.

6 May 2016

Prof Andre Lukas has been awarded the Most Acclaimed Lecturer in MPLS by OUSU. The OUSU Teaching Awards are student led, more information can be found here.

24 February 2016

The Advanced LIGO team has just announced the direct detection of gravitational waves, a major milestone in the history of science that confirms one of Einstein's predictions and opens a new window into the near and far Universe.

24 February 2016

On 11 February 2016, the weekly seminar of the Particle Theory Group in the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics was devoted to a celebration of the work of Richard H Dalitz FRS (1925-2006) who founded the group in 1963.

13 February 2016

Henry Snaith has been named one of Thomson Reuters most influential scientific minds for 2015 on the basis of 24 recent papers, mostly on perovskite solar cells, that were highly cited in 2013-14. The full report can be found here.

27 January 2016

Congratulations to Felix Parra Diaz who has been awarded the Prize to the Best Young Theoretical Physicist by the Royal Physical Society of Spain and the BBVA Foundation. More information (in Spanish) can be found here.

13 January 2016

The Eddington Medal is awarded by the Royal Astronomical Society for investigations in theoretical astrophysics. Tony Bell has been awarded the 2016 medal for his work on the acceleration of energetic particles by shock fronts occurring in supernova blast waves, active galaxies, the solar wind and elsewhere in the Universe. Acceleration by shocks is thought to be the main source of cosmic rays arriving at the Earth.

11 January 2016

The Royal Astronomical Society has awarded the Winton Capital Award in astronomy for 2016 to Dr Ralph Schoenrich of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics. The prize of £1000 is given annually to the post-doctoral researcher working in the UK whose career show the most promise within 5 years of their PhD examination. Dr Schoenrich works to understand the structure and history of our Galaxy. He has both pioneered new ways to model Galactic evolution and invented new techniques for analysing survey data.

14 December 2015

On 14 December 2015, four days after the Nobel Prize was presented to Art MacDonald and Takaaki Kajita in Stockholm, the Particle Physics sub-department hosted a 'Nobel Banquet' to celebrate with Art the award of the 2015 Nobel Prize and 2016 Breakthrough Prize. Members of the department, alumni, friends, and former members of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) collaboration, many of whom had not seen each other in years, joined the celebration.