Physics at the University of Bath is a top-ranked UK research department offering scientific programmes leading to PhD in the following fields:
• Astrophysics: Advanced ground and space-based technology is exploited to collect cosmic signals from distant objects and use this information to study the structure, dynamics and evolution of galaxies, the physics of star formation, the role of black holes in galactic evolution, accretion (how matter comes together in space) and the role of cosmic magnetic fields in harnessing the energy of spinning black holes.
• Nanoscience: Innovative atomic-scale characterisation tools are used for the manipulation and design of novel functional materials on the nanoscale. Techniques embrace low temperature UHV scanning probe microscopy, x-ray synchrotron and neutron scattering, while facilities include the Graphene Centre and the David Bullett Nanofabrication Laboratory. Research encompasses the structural, transport, magnetic and superconducting properties of condensed matter at the nanoscale, including the interaction between electrons and photons in semiconductor and metallic systems.
• Photonics: The Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials (CPPM) leads a major international effort in the field of linear and nonlinear photonics and optoelectronics, particularly in the context of novel and microstructured fibres. It benefits from an outstanding international reputation for its work on the optics of micro-structured materials, in particular the photonic crystal fibre (PCF) which was pioneered in Bath.
• Theoretical and Computational Physics: Computational and theoretical methods are being spearheaded to bridge the behaviour of complex systems on multiple length and time scales. Many projects benefit from access to Balena, the University’s high performance computing cluster with over 3000 CPU cores. Research spans the condensed matter/optical physics spectrum and embraces the electronic and nanoscale properties of surfaces, photonic crystals, nanomagnetism, charge transport in optoelectronic devices, soft matter and biophysics, and network theory as applied to animal behaviour.
The Department also hosts or is a partner in 4 research centres:
Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials
Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Centre for Space, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Centre for Networks & Collective Behaviour