University of Glasgow Department of Physics & Astronomy
Research in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.
Astrophysics and Astronomy
Group research ranges across theory, modeling and experiments on plasma phenomena observed in the laboratory, sun, stars and pulsars, galaxies and cosmology. These projects, many in international collaborations (including links to IGR), combine the latest space- and ground-based multiwavelength data with state-of-the-art statistical and computational modeling.
Institute for Gravitational Research
Predicted by Einstein and central to the structure of the Universe, the search for gravitational waves is still on. Working internationally, Glasgow has a key role in devising, building and operating the latest generation of ground and space based detectors.
Probing the nucleus and nucleons, and searching for new forms of strongly interacting (hadronic) matter requires large, high-precision instruments which are shared as international facilities. Glasgow has a leading role in providing high-energy polarised photons and particle detection systems at a number of top laboratories in Europe and the USA.
With interest in all aspects of light from the fundamental way it propagates through space to addressing real applications, the group combines both pure and applied research. New instruments have been developed in areas as diverse as healthcare, communication and oil prospecting.
Experimental Particle Physics
Three key activities: Experimental work on the fundamental nature of matter at CERN, Geneva and in Chicago and Hamburg; e-science developments to underpin the complex data analysis; semiconductor detector technology for Particle Physics and spin-out applications.
Theoretical Particle Physics
With interests covering quantum electrodynamics to the "theory of everything" the group collaborates internationally on deepening our understanding of Nature's fundamental particles. The research combines theoretical insight with modelling on some of the world's largest computers.
Solid State Physics
The study of small-scale structures reveals the many properties that only exist on a nanometre scale, require sophisticated microscopy and spectroscopy to observe. These have applications in data storage, advanced processors and micro sensors but also provide unique insights into the quantum world.