6 September 2013

Oxford scientists working as part of have contributed to a special report for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society entitled “Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a climate perspective” released 5th Sep 2013. Overall, 18 different research teams from around the world contributed to the peer-reviewed report that examined the causes of 12 extreme events that occurred on five continents and in the Arctic.

29 August 2013

Summer 2013

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here. Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education. We would welcome contributions to future newsletters from undergraduate or postgraduate alumni and previous members of the physics department.

31 July 2013

Tim Palmer has been elected to the 2013 class of American Geophysical Union Fellows (AGU).
The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by a committee of Fellows. The primary criterion for evaluation of scientific eminence is a major breakthrough or discovery, paradigm shift, or sustained impact.

30 July 2013

Our all new and improved ATLAS smart-phone and tablet app has just been released. The new App is called Collider and it allows you to play games, view events, and hunt for the Higgs Boson on your hand-held device. Following on from LHSee, the application now also features improved graphics, and additional games.

24 July 2013

Frank Close has been awarded the Royal Society's 2013 Michael Faraday Prize for his excellent work
in science communication. For more details see

His popular books, lectures and appearances on the broadcast media have brought fundamental science to a wide audience and inspired many young people to continue their study of science.

19 July 2013

Today at the European Physical Society meeting in Stockholm, the international T2K collaboration announced definitive observation of muon neutrino to electron neutrino transformation. In 2011, the collaboration announced the first indication of this process, a new type of neutrino oscillation, then; now with 3.5 times more data this transformation is firmly established. The probability that random statistical fluctuations alone would produce the observed excess of electron neutrinos is less than one in a trillion.

16 July 2013

Professor James Binney, Head of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, has been awarded the medal of the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. Professor Binney received the medal at the end of June from Professor Laurent Vigroux, Director of the IAP, at a ceremony in the 17th century Observatoire de Paris.

11 July 2013

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have, for the first time, determined the true colour of a planet orbiting another star.

If seen up close this planet, known as HD 189733b, would be a deep azure blue, reminiscent of Earth’s colour as seen from space. But that's where the similarities end. This "deep blue dot" is a huge gas giant orbiting very close to its host star. The planet's atmosphere is scorching with a temperature of over 1000 degrees Celsius, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7000 kilometre-per-hour winds.

1 July 2013

Professor Peter Norreys has been awarded the 2013 Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his pioneering contributions to the physics of fast particle generation and energy transport in relativistic laser-plasma interactions.
Further details can be seen at

1 July 2013

Dr Jo Dunkley has been awarded the 2013 Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for her contributions to determining the structure and history of our Universe. Further details can be seen at