School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Physics

Physics

Physics research at Newcastle is world-leading, covering traditional and emerging research.

Physics at Newcastle ranges from fundamental (eg cosmology and astrophysics, field theory, quantum fluids, atomic and condensed matter physics) to the applied (eg materials science, nanoscience and emerging electronic technologies).

Our research activity is often conducted in collaboration with research centres including:

Our work is generously supported by a range of funding agencies (eg EPSRC and STFC, the Welcome Trust) and includes strong collaborations with industry (eg Raytheon UK, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Intel) as well as top international academic collaborators.

Our research portfolio includes:

  • cosmology and quantum gravity
  • stellar interiors, interstellar medium and exoplanet research
  • magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), astrophysical and geophysical fluids
  • radio astronomy
  • quantum gases and fluids, Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC)
  • non-equilibrium field theory, quantum optics and superfluid turbulence
  • computational fluid dynamics and density functional theory
  • experimental properties of materials (semiconductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectric, magnetic, thermoelectric) and material interfaces (metal/semiconductor, metal/insulator/semiconductor, 2D materials)
  • fabrication, thin film deposition of materials (using atomic layer deposition and sputtering for advanced devices)
  • novel characterisation techniques, Raman, AFM, XRD, XPS, TOF SIMS
  • microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micro- and nanoelectronics
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Key research areas

Emerging Technology and Materials

The ETM group has a leading reputation in solid state research - from computational quantum mechanical modeling to the development of world leading transistors and sensors. The unique strengths and capabilities to conduct world leading research benefits from synergies between:

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Research in Applied Mathematics at Newcastle has a long and distinguished history, ranging through continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, dynamo theory, geophysical and astrophysical fluids, soliton theory, superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensates and more. This research has involved both analytical work and high-level computational modelling. Many of these research interests remain active to this day.

Most current research is concentrated in the following areas:

Further details of this research are also available via the personal webpages of individual staff. See also the website of the Joint Quantum Centre.

EPSRC National Facility for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has named Newcastle University as the UK provider of the National X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) service. The service, NEXUS, is hosted by the University's nanoLAB research centre.

XPS, or X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, is one of the principal methods of probing the composition and electronic structure of surfaces, with an increasing number of research applications in electronics, semiconductor physics, novel materials and biomaterials, surface chemistry and functionalisation, sensor surfaces, adhesion, abrasion and tribology.