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研究 in the School of Physics and Astronomy is organised into four groups: Condensed Matter and Photonics; Gravitational Physics; Astronomy, and 天文学 Instrumentation.
The School's strategy is focused on ensuring world-class performance in each of the four research groupings, evidenced by outputs in major, high-impact journals, strong and diverse research income and collaboration with major international centres of excellence.
Since RAE 2008, the School has developed a broader base of strength, particularly in the area of experimental physics, where EPSRC grants have increased from £1.8M to £4.8M.
Diversification of research income, including substantial European Union funding for both 天文学 and Condensed Matter research, has seen total grant awards over the period rise to £23.3M. This funding has been supported by substantial investment in research infrastructure, including the creation of a state-of-the-art low energy electron microscopy suite and facilities to grow and characterise diamond, including nanodiamonds.
研究 staff are actively involved in numerous major international collaborations, including the Cardiff-led SPIRE instrument consortium for the Herschel satellite and the LIGO science collaboration seeking to detect gravitational 波浪。
|Condensed Matter and Photonics||This is a new grouping, led by Dr Phil Buckle, brings together and exploits synergies between the previously separate Photons and Matter and Nanophysics areas along with activities in Biophysics and THz optics.|
|Gravitational Physics||Led by Professor Sathyaprakash, studies sources of gravitational waves and the development of algorithms for their detection. It is among the largest groups within the worldwide LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and British-German GEO 600 collaborations.|
|天文学||Led by Professor Eales this comprises two sub-groups: The Galaxies sub-group works on galaxy formation and evolution from high-redshift to the local Universe and the life cycle of dust and heavy elements, using radio to X-ray observations. The Star Formation sub-group uses major observatories to study prestellar and young stellar objects, and pursues a theoretical programme on star formation, protostellar disks, and computational radiative transfer.|
|天文学 Instrumentation||Led by Professor Gear, the AIG builds and exploits FIR-millimetre instrumentation for ground-based, balloon-borne and space-borne observatories, and for CMB studies, and is recognised by the international astronomy community as one of the world-leading groups in this area. It also works with an in-house spin-out company, QMC Instruments Ltd, to commercialise new technologies that the group develops for astronomy, but which have other applications.|
|1||University of Strathclyde||3.35|
|2||University of Oxford||3.34|
|3||University of St Andrews||3.33|
|3||University of Edinburgh||3.33|
|3||University of Nottingham||3.33|
|7||University of Cambridge||3.29|
|7||University of Manchester||3.29|
|9||University of Durham||3.27|
|10||Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine||3.26|
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