CUWiP 2017, Oxford, UK

The conference will feature an opportunity to get acquainted with some of the amazing research happening in Oxford Physics with tours of laboratories covering a range of research areas and methods. Attendees will be able to sign up to their tour of choice during registration on the Friday morning.

The details of this year’s tours will be announced soon.

Last year, tours visited:

  • A particle physics lab in which parts for the ATLAS detector at CERN, the machine that helped discover the Higgs boson, are calibrated and constructed
  • A laser lab where researchers work on developing ultrashort laser pulses, only an attosecond in length, used to probe dynamics on the timescale of electron orbital motion in an atom
  • An astrophysics lab where instruments for the current and next generation of premier observatories such as the E-ELT are designed and constructed
  • A quantum computing lab in which ultracold calcium atoms are trapped in highly focused laser beams and manipulated to form the building blocks of a quantum computer
  • A terahertz spectroscopy lab where semiconductor nanowires and photovoltaic cells are characterized
  • A biophysics lab where nanostructures are designed for medical use such as cancer therapy and drug delivery
  • A photovoltaics lab in which organic solar cells and LEDs are developed and fabricated
  • A quantum optics lab in which exotic states of light are generated and used for quantum metrology, a technique for making very precise measurements, and quantum computing
  • Oxford’s very own particle accelerator
Oxford Physics Laboratories

Pictures, clockwise from top left: ATLAS semiconductor tracker; attosecond laser pulse science; back of the KMOS spectrographs on the VLT.

Oxford Physics Laboratories

Pictures, clockwise from top left: Semiconductor photovoltaics; single calcium ions trapped in laser beams; DNA nanotechnology.


Oxford Physics Laboratories

Pictures, clockwise from top left: Supernova generated in a lab by lasers; atomic force microscope cantilever; quantum optics setup.