Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, where, from 2008–2011, he was Head of Condensed Matter Physics. Based in the Clarendon Laboratory, his research uses muon-spin rotation and magnetoresistance techniques to study a range of organic and inorganic materials, particularly those showing interesting magnetic, superconducting, or dynamical properties. He has been developing a technique called DFT+μ for understanding muon sites, and is working on a project to upgrade Oxford's Pulsed Field system to generate higher magnetic fields.

Professor Blundell completed his PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge at the Cavendish Laboratory, and has published nearly 350 articles and numerous books in the field of Physics. 



Professor Ard Louis, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford.


Select Publications

Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur (Oxford University Press, 2014), with Tom Lancaster.

A Very Short Introduction to Magnetism (Oxford University Press, 2012) 

A Very Short Introduction to Superconductivity (Oxford University Press, 2009) 

Concepts in Thermal Physics (Oxford University Press, 2006), with Katherine Blundell.

Magnetism in Condensed Matter (Oxford University Press, 2001)


Academic Journeys


Academic Journey


How do you manage a marriage of two budding academics?



Faith & Scholarship


Christian Scientists and their Institutions



Scholarly Research


On Magnetism


On ‘emergent’ and ‘reductionist’ approaches to science


Emergent Property Principles in Condensed Matter Physics & Non-scientists 1/2


Emergent Property Principles in Condensed Matter Physics & Non-scientists 2/2


Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur


What is Quantum Field Theory?


Applying Quantum Field Theory



Academic Advice


How is science like story-telling?


What are the ingredients of a successful life as a scientist and an academic?


On Questions, Passion, and Academic Integrity


How important are ‘hunches’ in scientific research?


Advice to Junior Researchers


On PhD Supervisors


Navigating the Research Team

Peace-making in the Lab


How do you deal with the self-doubt that academics regularly experience?