Physics research index

Learn about the research expertise of our Physics staff in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Baptiste Auguié

  • Optical properties of nanostructures (nano-optics, plasmonics)
  • Design, characterisation and modelling of optical sensors based on thin-film multilayers and nanoparticles
  • Circular dichroism and optical activity
  • Electromagnetic modelling
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Stephen Curran

  • Radio astronomy - the star-forming reservoir in the Universe via hydrogen absorption
  • The application of machine learning techniques to classify the most distant galaxies
  • The effect of the supermassive black hole on its host galaxy
  • Linking the star-forming gas abundance to the star formation history
  • The values of the fundamental constants of nature at large look-back times
  • Spectroscopic surveys with the Square Kilometre Array and its precursors

Andy Edgar

  • Glasses and glass ceramics, and their applications
  • Optical and EPR spectroscopy of transition metal and lanthanide ions
  • Materials preparation and characterisation
  • Scintillators, phosphors, storage phosphors, and valence-change glasses for radiation imaging and dosimetry
  • Optical technologies for radiation imaging and sensing with X-rays, gamma rays and neutrons

Petrik Galvosas

  • NMR in porous material
  • Hardware and methodology of NMR
  • NMR imaging methodologies for materials science
  • Soft matter and NMR Rheology
  • NMR methods in environmental science and biology
  • Medical device technologies

Michele Governale

  • Theory of charge and spin transport in nanostructures (nanoelectronics and spintronics)
  • Time-dependent transport in nanoscale systems
  • Hybrid superconductor-normal systems
  • Strongly correlated electrons

Malcolm Ingham

  • Electrical and electromagnetic techniques in geophysics
  • Electrical resistivity and the structure of volcanic and geothermal regions
  • Modelling the geomagnetic field through polarity reversals
  • Development of techniques for measuring the physical properties of sea ice
  • DC resistivity for detection of saline intrusion in coastal aquifers

Alan Kaiser

  • Electronic conduction mechanisms in novel materials
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes - modelling of properties
  • Semiconducting nanowire films

John Lekner

  • Theory of propagation, polarization and reflection of focused laser beams
  • Energy, momentum and angular momentum of electromagnetic and acoustic pulses
  • Theory of reflection of electromagnetic, acoustic and particle waves
  • Optical properties of anisotropic and chiral media
  • Theory of electromagnetic beams and pulses
  • Viscous fluid flow, with and without slip
  • Quantum wavepackets: propagation in free space and in force fields

Eric Le Ru

  • Optical properties of metals at the nano-scale (nano-plasmonics) - theory and applications
  • Electromagnetic modelling
  • Optics-based sensors and surface enhanced spectroscopies (Raman and fluorescence)

Franck Natali

  • Materials science - metals and semiconductors
  • Epitaxial growth - thin films and low dimensional structures
  • Magnetic materials
  • Electronic devices - light emitting diodes and transistors

Natalie Plank

  • Electronic device physics of carbon nanotubes and semiconducting nanowires
  • Electronic biosensors
  • Interfacing of carbon nanotubes with biological receptors - mechanisms and applications
  • Cleanroom fabrication techniques for new materials

Ben Ruck

  • Experimental condensed matter physics: thin films of novel materials
  • Materials for spintronics
  • Dilute magnetic semiconductors
  • Rare-earth nitrides
  • Preparation of perovskite superconductors and ruthenate perovskites
  • Novel conducting materials: measurement and modelling of electronic properties

Denis Sullivan

  • Stellar variability and stellar structure
  • White dwarf structure and asteroseismology
  • Gravitational microlensing as an astronomical probe
  • Employing gravitational microlensing events to find extrasolar planets
  • Software development for astronomical image acquisition and analysis

Joe Trodahl

  • Magnetic semiconductors - Rare-earth nitrides
  • Transport and optical properties of metals and semiconductors
  • Raman spectroscopy of semiconductors and ferroelectric oxides
  • Coupled ferroelectric/ferromagnetic device

Gillian Turner

  • Geomagnetism, palaeomagnetism and environmental physics
  • Geomagnetism secular variation, excursions and polarity reversals
  • Natural magnetic minerals and magnetization processes

Grant Williams

  • Advanced materials for radiation dosimetry
  • Copper and iron-based superconductors
  • Topological insulators
  • Strongly correlated materials
  • The physics of nanostructures and nanoparticles
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Non-linear optics

Uli Zuelicke

  • Theoretical condensed-matter physics
  • Electronic properties of semiconductor nano-structures
  • Unconventional materials (eg, graphene & topological insulators)
  • Quantum-state engineering with ultra-cold atom gases