Aerial view of the lake, Central Hall and the Physics & Electronics building.

Dr Roddy Vann and Dr Marjan van der Woude working with a plasma jet. © John Houlihan

Students walk through the Physics & Electronics concourse.

A PhD student working with a plasma beam for the deposition of magnetic thin films.

Welcome from the Head of Department

Sarah Thompson

We are driven by excellence in both research and teaching. Our particular research expertise lies in Condensed Matter Physics, Plasma Physics and Fusion, and Nuclear Physics.
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Professor Sarah Thompson

Head of Department

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Athena Swan silver award

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Physics Graduate Grace Picking wins Consultant of the Month in Europe

Posted on Monday 27 April 2015

Grace Picking, Physics and Astro-Physics graduate, has won April’s Consultant of the Month for Europe.

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York scientists lead study on new treatment for prostate cancer

Posted on Thursday 9 April 2015

University of York scientists have discovered a potential new treatment for prostate cancer using low temperature plasmas (LTPs).

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Have researchers discovered the sound of the stars?

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

A chance discovery by a team of researchers, including Dr John Pasley, has provided experimental evidence that stars may generate sound.

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Undergraduate study

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Featured research

Ultrafast dynamics of a near-solid-density layer in an intense femtosecond laser-excited plasma

Posted on Saturday 21 February 2015

In this paper we explore the flow of material in a solid target that has been illuminated with an extremely bright, very short pulse of laser radiation.

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Quantum Mechanics in metric space: results for DFT and CDFT

Systems displaying quantum behaviour -- so called 'quantum systems' -- are at the core of new and emerging technologies, such as quantum and nano technologies.

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Postgraduate study

Funded PhD studentships

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Raman spectroscopy for pathogen sensing and antimicrobial applications (joint theory & experiment)

PhD Studentship 2015 in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

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