Our Research

Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2021: Across experimental, applied, and theoretical physics 97% of our publications are world leading and internationally excellent. Research impacts spanning cancer diagnostics, supercomputing, public engagement have substantially grown to 50% world leading. 100% of our Environment achieved world leading and internationally excellent ratings.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include: a low-energy positron beam with dedicated instrumentation for the study of positronium, a number of continuous-wave and pulsed laser systems, and scanning tunnelling, near-field optical and Raman microscopes. High-performance computing resources are available via clusters and dedicated supercomputers.

Staff members lead the ALPHA collaboration, based at CERN, whose goal is to create, trap and manipulate anti-hydrogen. Results of the ALPHA collaboration are regularly published in Nature and featured on the BBC, CNN and other media. 

The new Sêr SAM programme funded by the Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund focuses on the physics of advanced materials with low embodied energy for applications in optoelectronics and bioelectronics. Particular areas of interest and expertise are next generation semiconductors, hybrid conducting electronic-ionic materials, photodetection and solar energy.