A PhD student working with a plasma beam for the deposition of magnetic thin films.

A PhD student working with a plasma beam for the deposition of magnetic thin films.

A view of the interior of the Joint European Torus (JET) with (right) and without (left) a fusion plasma.

The interior of the Joint European Torus (JET) with and without a fusion plasma. Image: EFDA-JET

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 department's major research groups are:

Condensed Matter Physics

Magnetocrystalline anisotropy in IrMn3.

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.

Nuclear Physics

The microball charged particle array, located at the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago.‌The Nuclear Physics group primarily focuses on experimental studies concerning various aspects of the structure of nuclei and nuclear processes, including reactions of relevance to nuclear astrophysics.

Physics of Life

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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.

York Plasma Institute

Image of the fusion plasma inside the spherical tokamak (MAST) in Culham.

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.

Biological Physical Sciences Institute

Biological Physics

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.

York Centre for Quantum Technologies

Quantum Communications Hub key

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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