The Department of Physics concentrates on three main research areas: atomic and condensed matter physics, laser physics and theoretical particle physics. The Department was awarded the grade of 5A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, indicating that all staff members are active in research of international standing.
In addition to well-equipped general laboratories and workshops, the Department hosts specialist equipment.
The atomic and condensed matter group have a low energy positron beam together with a high field superconducting magnet for the study of positronium and scanning tunnelling electron and near-field optical microscopes.
The laser group has a laser induced resonance system with enhanced analytical capability, and a Raman microscope.
Finally, the theory group has recently acquired a PC cluster for the study of strong interaction, together with an extensive network of workstations and PCs linked to the University network and SuperJANET. It also shares the use of the teraflop QCDOC and facility based in Edinburgh. There are additional computer systems for online use in the research and teaching laboratories.
The School of Medicine offers an MSc in Medical Radiation Physics.
International Student Requirements:
Equivalent Overseas qualifications may be considered.