Our Research

In the 2014  Research Excellence Framework (REF), over 80% of our Physics’ research outputs were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. 

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.