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Professor Wade Allison

Fellow by Special Election in Physics

Formerly University Lecturer (Professor) in Physics

Welcome

I work, teach and play with physics in many ways and these often feed on one another.
The play is usually on my boat where the problems of waves, wind and navigation surround me on the open sea.
I still teach and lecture in the University (in spite of my 'retirement'). This includes 12 undergraduate lectures on Medical Physics and 2 graduate lectures as part of the new MSc in Radiation Biology. I arrange projects in clinical medicine for 4th year physics undergraduates in collaboration with the Cancer Centre at the Churchill Hospital. I run the physics academic programme of the annual residential outreach week of the Sutton Trust Summer School (to be replaced by the Oxford UNIQ Summer School from 2010)
In College I tutor Electromagnetism in the Second Year, a subject that I lectured for many years and which never ceases to interest me. In the Third Year I tutor Atomic Physics and Nuclear Physics. I organize the annual Keble Physics Revision Week in March for the Second and Third Years, as well as organizing the Admissions exercise with Dr Dieter Jaksch. I also look forward to the bi-annual Richardson Lectures in Keble which I used to organize myself in the past.

Research Interests

My background is in experimental Particle Physics. In earlier years I developed new experimental methods and their theory, and applied these in experiments on quarks at CERN and on neutrinos in the USA. I have made special studies on the fields of relativistic charged particles in matter. As a result of initiating some years ago an optional course on applications of nuclear physics, my interests moved sideways into medical physics, in particular safety, therapy and imaging across the full spectrum: ionising radiation, ultrasound and magnetic resonance. I spent 3 years writing a book Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging (2006) as a result of which I learnt a lot. In a world for which climate change is a reality the nuclear power option is needed. I have been researching the reasons for the extraordinary fear of nuclear power and radiation which is taken as given throughout society. I have found that this is quite unjustifiable, scientifically. Explaining this in accessible but scientifically robust terms has been a long task. The result, Radiation and Reason, The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear, is published in October 2009. Meanwhile I have further work to do in Electromagnetism and in Therapy.

Selected Publications

Wade Allison, Radiation and Reason - The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear (ISBN 0-9562756-1-3, pub. October 2009) Website: http://www.radiationandreason.com

WWM Allison et al, 'Ab initio liquid hydrogen muon cooling simulations with ELMS' J Phys G Nucl. Part. Phys. 34(2007)679-685

Wade Allison, Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging OUP (2006)

G Alner, D Ayres, G Barr et al., 'Neutrino Oscillation Effects in Soudan-2' in Physical Review D, 72 (2005), 052005 23pp

'Calculations of energy loss and multiple scattering (ELMS) in Molecular Hydrogen' in Journal of Physics G, 29 (2003), 1701-1703

'The atmospheric neutrino flavor ratio from a 3.9 fiducial kiloton year exposure of Soudan2' in Physics Letters, B 449 137 (1999)

'Experimental Techniques in High Energy Physics', ed. Ferbel, World Scientific (1991)

'Relativistic Charged Particle Identification by Energy Loss' in Annual Reviews in Nuclear & Particle Science, 30 (1980), 253

Recent Publications

  • Wade Allison, Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2006)
  • G Alner, D Ayres, G Barr et al., 'Neutrino Oscillation Effects in Soudan-2' in Physical Review D, 72 (2005), 052005 23pp
  • 'Calculations of energy loss and multiple scattering (ELMS) in Molecular Hydrogen' in Journal of Physics G, 29 (2003), 1701-1703
  • 'The atmospheric neutrino flavor ratio from a 3.9 fiducial kiloton year exposure of Soudan2' in Physics Letters, B 449 137 (1999)
  • 'Experimental Techniques' in High Energy Physics, ed. (1991)
  • 'Relativistic Charged Particle Identification by Energy Loss' in Annual Reviews in Nuclear & Particle Science, 30 (1980), 253

Academic Biography

  • Visiting Professor, Dept of Physics & Astronomy, University of Minnesota (1995)
  • Tutorial Fellow of Keble College, Oxford (1976 - present)
  • University Lecturer in Physics, Oxford (1976 - 2008)
  • Research Officer, Nuclear Physics Lab., Oxford (1970 - 1975)
  • Post-doc, Argonne Nat. Lab., Illinois (1968 - 1970)
  • Research Lecturer, Christchurch, Oxford (1966 - 1971)
  • Experimental Particle Physics (1963 - 1967)
  • Christchurch, Oxford, D Phil (1963 - 1968)
  • Trinity College, Cambridge, Open Exhibitioner Nat. Sci. Pt I (First), Physics Pt II (Second) Maths Pt III (1959 - 1963)

College Contact Details

Professor Wade Allison
Keble College
Oxford
OX1 3PG
UK
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705
Email:

Faculty/Dept. Information

Denys Wilkinson Building
Keble Road
Oxford OX1 3RH

Website:
http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/users/allison/