Physics research at UCL is answering some of the most fundamental questions about the physical universe - from ‘what is the mass of the neutrino?’ to ‘how do galaxies form and evolve?’ It encompasses technological developments and applications in domains such as information processing, health-care, energy and the environment. The achievement of excellence drives our endeavours.
Astrophysics research focuses on massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation.
Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP)
AMOPP research explores the physics of molecules and quantum systems, quantum information, ultracold atoms and molecules, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and strong laser interactions, biological physics and. optical tweezers, positrons and positronium interactions with matter.
Biological Physics (BioP)
The BioP group forms a network between experimental and theoretical physicists from the different research groups in the department, for whom biological problems are either the main focus and/or a significant application of their research activities.
Condensed Matter & Materials Physics (CMMP)
CMMP research includes both experimentalists and theorists and covers a wide range of topics; from quantum information processing to the underlying mechanisms of smell, and from superconductivity to radiation damage in materials.
High Energy Physics (HEP)
High energy particle physics is about looking at extremely small sizes, or equivalently at extremely high energies. Its teaches us about the underlying nature of the physical universe, and the forces and laws that govern its development , from the first moments of the big bang, through to the present day, and far into the future.