What are Quantum Rainbows
After a long day on the road, you enter a tavern. You haven't seen it for quite some time and your weary feet are looking forward to a welcome rest. Surprisingly, the room is quite full, there’s people everywhere. Roughly in the centre of the room, there is a lone man sitting at a table, a mug of ale in front of him. He looks ancient and grumpy...
‘What are Quantum Rainbows?’ you ask? Watch our animation and follow a tale of an intrepid explorer below, as we try to find out.
The Physics of Quantum Mechanics lecture series
A series of lectures given by Professor JJ Binney to undergraduate physics students on quantum mechanics, covering how probabilities are obtained from quantum amplitudes, why they give rise to quantum interference, the concept of a complete set of amplitudes and how this defines a "quantum state".
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'Light' Part 2 - Harnessing a single photon
What's the use of just one photon, the smallest bit of light? And what does it take to study it?
We speak to Joelle Boutari about her work in quantum photonics where she's harnessing single photons, trying to understand their beheaviour better, all part of paving the way to better understand quantum features - the weird and unintuitive...
Listen to podcasts on the science of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.
The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division is one of the four academic divisions of the University of Oxford. They have over 6,000 students and research staff, and generate over half of our funding from external research grants. They collaborate closely with colleagues in Oxford across the medical sciences, social sciences and...
Run For Your Light
You may have heard the word “quantum” bandied around a lot. But what does it mean? In this animation we take a look at how the photon – the quantum particle of light – is being harnessed to help create new technologies like quantum computers.
The Physics of a Table
I often tell people that I became a physicist because I wanted to understand the stars. What are they? Why do they shine? This is a very romantic notion, but is really only partly true. Yes, I wanted to understand the stars. But I also wanted to understand my table. What is a table made of on a fundamental level? Why is it solid? Why doesn’t a...
Soluble Semiconductors- A revolution in Printing for the 21st Century?
The digital age is built upon semiconductors. The crystalline semiconductors, such as silicon or germanium, lie behind modern electronics and computing. They are such essential materials because their conducting properties may be altered in useful ways by the deliberate, controlled introduction of impurities ("doping") into their crystal...
Videos and images on quantum entanglement
Oxford Quantum comprises 38 separate research teams and 200 researchers - it's one of the world's largest centres for quantum science! Many photos and videos of their work can be found here.
How does electricity flow through small objects?
Single molecules are small – really small! But what if we could harness some of their abilities to conduct and control electricity to create new electronic components? Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating just this to find more energy efficient ways to transfer information. By looking at electricity at a small scale, we can...
The dawn of quantum technology
Thirty years ago, an untapped potential in nature was revealed by an Oxford-based theoretical physicist called David Deutsch. He showed that if a computer could be built to harness the deepest features of quantum physics, then that machine could solve problems in ways no conventional supercomputer could match. Three decades later, the challenge...