The Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy has been recognised as undertaking research of international excellence.
The School has a large and internationally renowned academic staff, all of whom have expertise in their own specialist fields. Staff research interests cover a wide range of topics, involving both experimental and theoretical work. Research activity within the Schools fall within a variety of areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomy Instrumentation, Condensed Matter and Photonics, Gravitational Physics. The School also has a thriving research student population and each year takes in between 15-20 students to study for the award of PhD, funded from a range of sources.
Current research projects attract multi-million pound funding from sources such as the Research Councils, industry and international space agencies. A number of the School's research breakthroughs have made important contributions to academia and society in general: for example, researchers at the School have produced one of the world's smallest solid-state micro-lasers, which will ultimately be used to improve genetic analysis microscopes in medicine and gas-sensing technology in environmental pollution control. The gravitational physics team at Cardiff were part of the international consortium responsible for the gravitational wave discovery in 2016.
The School is based in the Queen's Buildings, a £35 million complex that also houses Engineering and Computer Science, and offers some of the most modern facilities in the British university sector, including well equipped laboratories, a library, computing and astronomical observing facilities. The School is close to the city centre, the Students' Union and other university buildings.
Funding is available through a variety of sources and where applicable, will be specified on the project description.