A map of the CMB sky from the Planck Satellite

Beecroft Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

The BIPAC is a hub of research in theoretical astrophysics and physics, focusing on the origin and evolution of the universe, the formation of large scale structure, dark energy, dark matter and the theory of gravitation.
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Breakthrough Listen

Breakthrough Listen represents humanity's most significant effort to date to quantify the distribution of advanced life in the Universe, using the world's largest and most advanced radio telescopes to search for signatures of technology.
Artist impression of the Euclid mission in space. The spacecraft is white and gold and consists of three main elements: a flat sunshield, a large cylinder where the light from space will enter, and a 'boxy' bottom containing the instruments.


The European Space Agency's (ESA) Euclid flagship Dark Energy Satellite Mission launched from Cape Canaveral on 1 July 2023; Oxford's Department of Physics plays a key role in the lensing data analysis and has been involved since its inception.
Visual appearance of hot Jupiter atmospheres with different temperatures or cloud types as calculated by the SPARC/MITgcm atmospheric circulation model.

Exoplanet atmospheres

Comparing models and observations to understand exoplanet atmospheres.
Artist impression of an exoplanet and its host star

Exoplanets and Stellar Physics

Detecting, characterising and modelling exoplanets and their host stars
Panorama of CBASS-South

Experimental radio cosmology

Development and science exploitation of new techniques and instruments at cm and radio wavelengths.
The lasers producing artificial guide stars of the Extremely Large Telescope

Extremely Large Telescope

Information on the Oxford involvement in the Extremely Large Telescope Project

Gamma-ray astronomy

Gamma-ray astronomy
A Global Jet Watch observatory looks out on the night sky.

Global Jet Watch

Time-lapse spectroscopy of dynamic objects in the Galaxy
The first Large Survey Project observations with MeerKAT

Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys

Addressing the major problems of modern physics/astrophysics by augmenting our participation in the major international surveys that are designed to address them.
MeerKAT antennas against a backdrop of the Galactic Centre radio bubbles


Oxford's leading roles in the world's most powerful cm-wave radio telescope
Artist's impression of a Fast Radio Burst coming from a Neutron Star.

Pulsars, transients and relativistic astrophysics

The extreme astrophysics of neutron stars and black holes
Drone view of current status of construction on the summit as of mid-December, 2020.


Information on the Oxford involvement in the Vera C. Rubin Observatory.
Solar System shown with the planets shown in approximately the right size relative to one another.

Solar system

Research interests in planetary bodies throughout the solar system and beyond.
Superconducting Quantum Detector Laboratory

Superconducting quantum detectors

Our research is primarily aimed at the development of ultra-sensitive cryogenic superconducting quantum devices for astronomy, quantum computation platform and fundamental physics experiments.
Composite image of the SKA at daytime.

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

Oxford involvement in the Square Kilometre Array Project
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