Youtube Channel

Lydia Kanari Naish, our media officer, has started a youtube channel for Physsoc, with some of our best talks and panels:

Prof Simon Hooker’s talk in Trinity 2016

Could we fit an accelerator of comparable strength into a lab the size of the Clarendon? Our modern accelerators are fundamentally based on the theory of Electromagnetism. A laser generates electric fields much more intense than those we use at the LHC, and so can be used to construct more powerful accelerators. Simon will be talking to us about the potential of this approach and the problems it faces. Here’s the abstract:
“How can we accelerate particles with lasers – and could this approach ever be used to fit an LHC-like collider into the Clarendon Lab?
In a laser plasma accelerator particles are accelerated by the electric fields developed within the plasma wave driven by an intense laser pulse. These fields are more than a thousand times higher than those produced by a conventional radio-frequency accelerator, allowing the accelerator to be shrunk by the same factor.
In this talk I will describe how laser-plasma accelerators work, give an overview of recent developments, and describe some demonstrations of potential applications. I will also discuss some of the challenges which must be met before laser-plasma accelerators find real-world applications.”

Video edited and published by Lydia Kanari-Naish, Media Officer for Physics Society.

“How to be a Physicist”- a panel discussion on a career in physics academia, Trinity 2016

“How do you choose a PhD and is it wise to stay in Oxford? How does the work atmosphere in academia or national laboratories compare to the work atmosphere in industry? Is being a physicist a job or a lifestyle?”
Steve Simon is a tutor at Somerville, and professor of theoretical physics. His current research is on ’emergent phenomena in quantum condensed matter physics’. Before coming to Oxford, Steve was a research director at Bell Laboratories.
John Wheater is head of the physics department, and professor of theoretical physics. His current research interest is quantum gravity. John joined the academic staff at Oxford 30 years ago, and won the 1993 Maxwell Medal, awarded by the IOP for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics.
Androula Alekou is a postdoctoral research assistant with the particle physics department. She’s currently working on an upgrade of the Diamond Light Source. Before coming to Oxford, Androula worked at CERN on development of a collimation system for the proton synchrotron.
Fran Kirschner is a DPhil student with Oxford’s condensed matter department, supervised by Prof. Stephen Blundell. While she was an undergraduate at Mansfield college, Fran was head of OUPS back in 2013-14!
Our panel is moderated by Nora Martin and Nicolas Shiaelis- undergraduates at Oxford and President and VP of the Oxford UniversityPhysics Society.

Video edited and published by Lydia Kanari-Naish, Media Officer for Physics Society.

Prof Julia Yeoman’s talk in Hilary 2016

‘Active materials, such as microorganisms, cells and molecular motors, continuously transform chemical to mechanical energy. In the past few years there has been a surge of interest in understanding motion at a microscopic level, and the properties of active matter. This is made possible by recent advances in imaging, computational power and nanotechnology, and is driven by the aim of designing biomimetic micro- and nano-machines. On a more fundamental level, active matter is meant to exist out of equilibrium, and hence provides a testing ground for the theories of complexity and non-equilibrium statistical physics.’

Professor Julia Yeomans, FRS, FInstP is a theoretical physicist working on some really interesting problems in soft condensed matter and biological physics. Particularly, bacterial swimmers, superhydrophobic surfaces, liquid crystal colloids, and active systems. But more than that, she is one of the undergrad community’s favourite lecturers! So I doubt I need to do much pushing to convince you to come and hear this great speaker tell us about some of her own, fascinating, research.

Video edited by Lydia Kanari-Naish; Media Officer for OUPS