About the Department

Department of Physics brochure

Welcome to the Department of Physics, a department at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in areas such as plasma physics and fusion, nuclear physics and condensed matter physics. Our renowned research groups play a leading role on the national and international stage, collaborating with major institutions and industries. For full details of our world-class research and teaching, please take a look at the Department of Physics Brochure 2015 (PDF  , 923kb).

Whether you are a potential academic or industrial partner, a prospective student, a science funding institution or other professional body – or simply have an interest in physics – I warmly welcome you to our Department.

Professor Sarah Thompson
Head of Department

Newton's Apple Tree growing in the courtyard at the Physics Department, University of York.

Newton's apple tree

In a courtyard garden in the Physics Department, we have a grafted cutting from an ancient apple tree which still survives in Newton's garden at Woolsthorpe Manor, his birthplace in Lincolnshire. For further information about this wonderful tree, which bears fruit each Spring, please see A Brief History of Isaac Newton's Apple Tree.

York physicists are leading members of the (inter)national physics community and are also passionate about inspiring the next generation of students.