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Department of Physics 

We are a department at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. Find out more about our department.

Undergraduate study

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New director for £45m robotics research centre at York

Monday 12 July 2021

A director has been appointed to lead a major new £45m research centre at the University of York which aims to place York at the forefront of research into the safe operation of robotics and autonomous systems.

Research to enable patients to monitor their immune systems in the home begins

Thursday 10 June 2021

Researchers in the Departments of Physics and Electronic Engineering have received almost £1m to develop a device to enable patients to self-assess their immune systems at home.

“Spooky” quantum entanglement can provide new information for PET medical imaging

Tuesday 11 May 2021

‘Quantum entanglement’ is a phenomena which leads to a special connection between particles, even after they separate over large distances. Einstein famously referred to this connection as “spooky”. Quantum entanglement is the basis of quantum computers and exploiting entanglement in the optical regime is enabling significant advances for imaging and communications.

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  • fusion plasmas hotter than the centre of the Sun
  • using lasers to create mini supernovae in a laboratory
  • imaging individual atoms
  • creating nanostructures
  • predicting the properties of yet undiscovered materials
  • harnessing the weird effects of quantum mechanics
  • the discovery of new particles

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