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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IoP Accreditation of MPhys Degree Programmes

Posted on Thursday 16 October 2014

IoP have confirmed accreditation of all our MPhys degree programmes.

Dr Aires Ferreira joins the Department of Physics under the Royal Society Scheme

Posted on Monday 29 September 2014

Dr Aires Ferreria has been successful in winning a five year Royal Society University Research Fellowship. The title of his fellowship is ‘Spintronics in adatom decorated graphene’.

Athena Swan Silver Award Renewal 2014

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2014

The Department of Physics has had their Athena Swan Silver Award renewed.

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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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A strategy for sub 20nm exchange bias nanodots

For polycrystalline exchange bias films etched to form nanodots two effects cause a reduction in the loop shift, Hex.

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Supporting women in science

Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion

Athena Swan silver award

Upcoming events


What does physics have to offer the study of protein aggregation?

A talk by Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge


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

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