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19 October 2011

Amalia Coldea from the Quantum Materials group has been awarded the EuroMagnet prize 2011 for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of the electronic structure of iron-based superconductors by using high magnetic fields.

7 October 2011

Ever wondered what collisions at the Large Hadron Collider look like?

Scientists at the world's biggest scientific experiment - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva - are trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, the origin of mass, the structure of space and time, and the conditions of the early universe. For those of us not lucky enough to have the world's highest energy particle smasher in our own back gardens, we can still get close to the action using an exciting new smartphone App.

3 October 2011

New STFC funding will pave the way for the UK to maintain and strengthen its leadership role in the design and development of ELT instrumentation. The majority of the £2.1M grant to Oxford will fund work on HARMONI, with the remainder supporting continued development of the science drivers that underpin the E-ELT project.

19 September 2011

Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Warwick have developed a form of crystal that can deliver highly accurate temperature readings, down to individual milli-kelvins, over a very broad range of temperatures: -120 to +680 degrees centigrade.

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http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/research_gives_cry...

9 September 2011

An Oxford researcher has been highly commended in Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011. Andrew Steele’s image of moonrise over the Oxford skyline was a finalist in the Earth and Space category of the annual competition, run by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

7 September 2011

The nearest supernova of its type to be discovered for 40 years is predicted to be at its brightest 7-8 September and will be visible through a good pair of binoculars.

The supernova, which was first spotted on 24 August by scientists from Oxford University and the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) collaboration, is in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101.

Whilst not visible to the naked eye, with a clear sky anyone can observe the supernova using a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope:

28 August 2011

An international team of physicists has developed a novel X-ray technique for imaging atomic displacements in materials with unprecedented accuracy. They have applied their technique to determine how a recently-discovered class of functional materials known as multiferroics can develop magnetic order and a ferroelectric polarization simultaneously. Multiferroics are candidate materials for new classes of electronic devices.

26 August 2011

BATAVIA, Illinois The physics community got a jolt last year when results showed for the first time that neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, anti-neutrinos, might be the odd man out in the particle world and have different masses. This idea was something that went against most commonly accepted theories of how the subatomic world works.

25 August 2011

Astronomers have discovered a bright, nearby supernova, otherwise known as an exploding star, and say it is the nearest of its type observed for 40 years.

The supernova was spotted in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, a spiral galaxy a mere 21 million light years away, lying in the famous constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).

Scientists from the Department of Physics, University of Oxford made the discovery with their colleagues from the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) collaboration, using a robotic telescope in California in the United States.

26 July 2011

The Oxford Particle Physics group is playing a key role in the search for the Higgs Boson at the Large Hadron Collider. The most recent search results were presented by the ATLAS collaboration at the European Physical Society meeting in Grenoble. These intriguing results show an excess of events that would be consistent with decays of Higgs bosons to pairs of W particles.

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