The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an international reputation for the quality of its research (grade 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise).
The department comprises of 31 academic staff, over 30 research fellows and postdoctoral research associates, and over 60 research students.
The research laboratories and offices have recently been refurbished, there are frequent group seminars and meetings, and the University of Sheffield provides a Research Training Programme for PhD students. The department therefore offers an excellent environment for postgraduate research work.
As a member of the White Rose Consortium of leading Yorkshire universities, the department is part of the Doctoral Training Centre in the Life Sciences.
The research areas in the department are wide-ranging and include,
- Astronomy and astrophysics
- Astroparticle theory and cosmology
- Organic optoelectronic materials and devices
- Particle Physics (ATLAS experiment at CERN, dark matter, neutrino physics)
- Polymer physics and soft nanotechnology
- Semiconductor physics and devices
- Theoretical condensed matter physics
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