17 August 2020

Quantum information leaks away from a muon implanted in a fluoride crystal

A team from the Department of Physics at Oxford University has observed the decoherence process that occurs within quantum mechanical systems. Despite the many potential advantages of quantum computation, the integrity of any quantum mechanical system is vulnerable to interactions with its environment which cause any stored information to be slowly lost – decoherence.

6 August 2020

Professor Roger Davies has been elected to the Academia Europaea in recognition of his groundbreaking studies of early-type galaxies.

5 August 2020

Oxford’s Department of Physics along with Swansea University and Imperial College London have been awarded £6 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to drive next-generation solar technology into new applications.

5 August 2020

Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rumford Medal for outstanding research in the field of physics.

The award recognises Professor Gill’s development of optical atomic clocks of exquisite precision, of ultra-stable lasers and of frequency standards for fundamental physics, quantum information processing, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation.

29 July 2020

The Department of Physics was recognised in the Vice-Chancellor's Innovation Awards this year coming highly commended in both the ‘team work’ and ‘building capacity’ categories.


29 July 2020

Name: Dr Anastasia Ponomareva
Job title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Astrophysics

What are you currently working on?
I am currently studying the evolution of neutral hydrogen across cosmic times. Neutral hydrogen is probably the most important element in the Universe since it is a building block of all the structures we see in it. For this project I am using data from the most powerful radio telescope to date, MeerKAT, which is located in South Africa.

29 July 2020

Name: Dr Adam Wright
Job title: Junior Research Fellow, Mansfield College

24 July 2020

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through the atmosphere of Uranus or land on Venus? Buckle up and join Professor Patrick Irwin from Oxford University’s Department of Physics as he takes you on a space odyssey…

17 July 2020

Dr Kevin Olsen from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics, working with international colleagues, has spotted new gas signatures that shed new light on the mystery of methane in Mars’ atmosphere – a gas strongly associated with biological or geological activity.

17 July 2020

A team from Oxford’s Department of Physics has observationally confirmed a long-standing hypothesis that aerosols can extend the lifetime of low-level cloud, thereby cooling the earth.

The observational results suggest that the enhanced aerosol cooling potential from longer-lived clouds is essential to include in climate models in order to accurately predict global mean temperatures as greenhouse gases and aerosol emissions continue to change in the future.