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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Dr Emily Brunsden interview - Rosetta mission: ESA attempts to land spacecraft on comet

Posted on Thursday 13 November 2014

Dr Emily Brunsden was interviewed Elly Fiorentini on BBC Radio York regarding the Rosetta spacecraft making its historic bid to land on a comet using the Philae lander.

YPI Contributions Highlighted at APS-DPP Meeting

Posted on Wednesday 12 November 2014

The 56th Annual Meeting of American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics was held in New Orleans in the last week of October 2014.

Congratulations to David Jenkins for his promotion to Professor

Posted on Friday 7 November 2014

Congratulations to David Jenkins for his recent promotion to Professor.

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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. The experimental results demonstrate that the large magnetostriction of the magnetic FeGa layer enables significant modification of the domain pattern in laterally confined disc structures. In addition, micromagnetic simulations demonstrate that the voltage allows for tuneability of the natural resonance of both the confined spin wave modes and the vortex core motion. These results demonstrate the possibility of low-power voltage tuneable magnetic microwave oscillators.

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Supporting women in science

Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion

Athena Swan silver award

Upcoming events


Advances in semiconductor sensors, Gamma-ray imaging systems

The presentation will outline the state-of-the-art semiconductor detector technology that is utilised for gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements in Nuclear Physics and how these sensors have been optimised for use in medical, security and environmental applications.


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

A talk by Professor Gerrit van der Laan, Magnetic Spectroscopy Group, Diamond Light Source, Didcot, Oxfordshire


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 and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York

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