The Department of Physics is a community of approximately 170 undergraduates, 30 postgraduates, 15 full-time academic staff, 7 support staff and several visiting and part-time academic staff.
Our research strengths are in the areas of condensed matter and materials, with a good balance between theory and experiment.
The large research student population and wide international links make for a lively environment; one of our Visiting Professors, Alexei Abrikosov, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics. The quality of our researchers is recognised internationally and we publish in highly ranked physics journals. This was shown in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which stated that 15% of the departments research was world-leading and 85% of the research was up to an international standard.
The Department of Physics is also part of the research infrastructure of the Research School of Materials, which covers several departments. All of these departments have access to an extensive range of research equipment.
The department specialises in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics and nanoscience. Areas of applied physics include cardiovascular dynamics, neural networks, drug delivery physics, population dynamics and psychoacoustics. Work is also ongoing to investigate Terahertz radiation.
The recent growing interest in terahertz science and technology is due to its many important applications in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and medicine, including THz imaging, spectroscopy, tomography, medical diagnosis, health monitoring, environmental control, as well as chemical and biological identification. The department is also conducting ground breaking work in quantum computing and spintronics.