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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Uncovering the personality of wonder ultrathin materials

Posted on Friday 20 February 2015

Imperfections make people interesting; the same goes for crystals.

photonic microchips
Transforming Data Communications with new Photonic Microchips

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015

A £5.2 million project is aiming to take IT beyond the electronic age with a new generation of photonic microchips.

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Physics Graduate Victor Chavez awarded a CBE

Posted on Monday 5 January 2015

Victor Chavez, a Department of Physics graduate, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list 2015.

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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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Controlling Photo-generated Electrons and Holes in Nanostructured Metal-oxides


PhD Studentship 2015 in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

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Light's Twist

A talk by Professor Miles Padgett FRS, University of Glasgow

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