Welcome to Oxford Physics
Oxford Physics is one of the largest departments in Europe pursuing forefront research as well as training the next generation of leaders in Physics. We are a vibrant community of physicists at the leading edge of teaching and research that is also engaged with the wider community.
With an academic staff of almost one hundred our activities range from fundamental particles to the furthest reaches of the universe to manipulating matter on an atomic scale. Oxford physicists are probing new ways to harness solar energy, modeling the earth’s atmosphere to predict the future climate, exploring computation on the quantum scale and executing calculations that reveal the fundamental structure of space and time.
The department is a global force in Physics with extensive national and international links. We exploit the world’s foremost research facilities ranging from huge particle accelerators and telescopes around the globe, to the Diamond light source, and ISIS neutron source just 15 miles away at the Rutherford laboratory. In Oxford we work closely with colleagues across the Mathematical, Physical and Life Science Division and are increasingly pursuing medical applications. You will find contributions from Physics in several of the Division’s new interdisciplinary research units: MPLS and Biomedicine, Climate, The Dark Universe and Energy Futures.
Physics teaching is a large enterprise with 180 students graduating each year. Almost all colleges teach Physics and over 60 lecturers are college tutorial fellows. We engage with many colleges to provide stimulating opportunities for undergraduates and pursue teaching and research initiatives.
4th October 2007
Prof Roger Cowley has been awarded the Faraday Medal for outstanding contribution to experimental physics.The award is for his pioneering work in the development and application of neutron and X-ray scattering techniques to the physics of a wide range of important solid and liquid-state systems.
Prof John Chalker is the first recipient of the Rayleigh Medal for distinguished research in theoretical, mathematical or computational physics. The award is for his important, original and innovative contributions to solid-state physics, particularly in the area of exotic quantum phenomena.