The research interests of the Department span a wide range, within both physics and the interactions of physics with other disciplines. The research groups have international recognition, and each group regularly publishes papers in major journals and presents papers at international conferences.
The Department has many collaborations with other research groups in the UK and abroad, and contacts with industrial researchers.
The Condensed Matter Physics group at York creates and studies a variety of advanced materials and nanostructures, combining state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical and computational techniques and facilities.
The Physics of Life group at York uses cutting-edge tools and intellectual concepts from the physical to tackle challenging questions from the life sciences. This is achieved using both state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical techniques, spread across multiple science departments of the University.
The York Plasma Institute mainly focusses its efforts towards tokamak and laser-plasma research relevant to fusion, as well as plasma applications in astro/solar physics and extreme ultra-violet lasers.
The Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) at the University of York is a multi-dept node including Physics which serves to stimulate and fund exciting new collaborative activities at the cutting-edge interface between the Physical and Life Sciences.
Launched in 2014, the York Centre for Quantum Technologies is a cross-departmental, interdisciplinary initiative aimed at further developing the University’s substantial expertise into quantum research. Based on an initial partnership between the departments of Physics, Maths and Computer Science, and with the intent to expand to include other departments, the Centre aims to foster new collaborations across all areas of quantum theory, and in particular their applications to emerging quantum technologies.
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account
The University of York has been awarded three years of funding to support our ongoing programme of engagement with external partners on impact-generating projects within engineering and physical sciences.
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