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
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REF 2014
Physics Research in York - Strength in Depth

Posted on Thursday 18 December 2014

The 2014 UK assessment of research quality (REF 2014) has recognised the strength and impact of physics research at the University of York.

spin puzzle
York Scientists Resolve Spin Puzzle

Posted on Thursday 11 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.

quantum hubs announcement
Quantum Hubs Announcement

Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014

A new £120 million national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, that will explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be harnessed for use in technology, has been unveiled today at the University of Birmingham.

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Undergraduate study

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Featured research

Modelling of Laser Ablation and Reactive Oxygen Plasmas for Pulsed Laser Deposition of Zinc Oxide

Posted on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Modelling of production of thin films for touch screens.

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Voltage controlled modification of flux closure domains in planar magnetic structures for microwave applications

Voltage controlled modification of the magnetic properties in a hybrid piezoelectric/ferromagnet device has been studied using synchrotron radiation at Diamond Light Source.

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Postgraduate study

Funded PhD studentships

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PhD Studentship 2015 in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

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Upcoming events


Probing the magnetization dynamics of spin valve systems using x-rays

A talk by Professor Gerrit van der Laan, Diamond Light Source.


Quantum tunneling and nuclear fusion : insights on the synthesis of the elements in stars

A talk by Professor Sandrine Courtin, Professeur Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien.

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