11 December 2012

Materials in which magnetism can be controlled with an electric voltage are one of the most promising routes towards a new generation of high-density, non-volatile computer memories. In an article published today in Nature Communications, Natasha Perks and co-workers from Oxford Physics, ILL (France), and CNRS (France) report how such control can be achieved with the help of a unique magneto-orbital texture, observed for the first time in single crystals of CaMn7O12.

21 November 2012

A new public exhibition entitled "Atmospheres: Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone" at Oxford University's Museum for the History of Science opened on the 20th November in a ceremony led by Sir John Houghton FRS (former Director of the Met Office, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Head of Atmospheric Physics in Oxford).

2 November 2012

Dr Leigh Fletcher, currently Violette and Samuel Glasstone Science Fellow (Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics), has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the 2012 round which he plans to take up in January 2013.

29 October 2012

Giulia Zanderighi, Professor of Physics at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, has obtained a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, Germany. These are awarded to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future.

29 October 2012

Scientists at Oxford have synthesised a new superconductor in which a molecular spacer layer has been inserted in between layers of iron selenide. Pure iron selenide had already been shown to lose all electrical resistance, but only when cooled below about 8 degrees above absolute zero. As described in a Letter published in Nature Materials, the new compound retains superconductivity at temperatures more than four times higher.

26 October 2012

In new research1 published in the journal Science, pioneering single-molecule biophysics has been used to probe the mode of action of nanoscale molecular machines that remodel DNA inside living cells, from collaborative research involving Mark Leake’s team in the Condensed Matter Physics sub-dept of Oxford Physics and David Sherratt and co-workers in Oxford Biochemistry.

25 October 2012

The European Research Council has awarded Prof James Binney a five-year Advanced Grant of nearly 2m Eu to fund work on extracting science from large surveys of our Galaxy.

16 October 2012

Condensed Matter Physics is delighted to announce that Miss Katherine Dunn, second year postgraduate student, has been awarded the David Ryan Prize 2012 for the best research presentation by a postgraduate student in their second year at the annual poster session.
Well done, Katherine!

9 October 2012

"For major contributions to the understanding of energetic particle generation and transport in relativistic laser-plasma interactions, including innovative experiments relevant to fast ignition fusion concepts."

3 October 2012

The newly launched Oxford Climate Research Network (OCRN) is a cross-divisional initiative aiming to promote collaborations between scientists who investigate climate-related issues in various departments at Oxford, and increase the visibility of climate research both within and outside the University.