The Department has four overarching collaborative themes through which new research directions are driven. We are structured into nine research groups: Astrophysics (ASTR), Condensed Matter Theory (CMTH), Experimental Solid State Physics (EXSS), High Energy Physics (HEPH), Plasma Physics (PLAS), Photonics (PHOT), Quantum Optics & Laser Science (QOLS), Space & Atmospheric Physics (SPAT), and Theoretical Physics (THEO). Research is not siloed in these formal groups and staff are encouraged to collaborate and interact via the themes. Staff associate with multiple themes, providing the flexibility needed to tackle multidisciplinary challenges.

This flexible and nimble thematic approach has created vibrant collaborations and new research directions, e.g. combined laboratory fusion plasma modelling with planetary magnetospheres, to enable space weather prediction (SPAT, PLAS); Quantum Technology and Quantum Information Science (QOLS, CMTH, EXSS with participation in the Strategic Advisory Board (Knight-Chair) and three UK Hubs with leadership from Kim(M), Hinds, Walmsley); generated activities in Fundamental Physics such as cosmology (ASTR, THEO), dark matter (ASTR, HEPH), phenomenology (HEPH, THEO) and emerging activities in advanced statistics, AI and machine learning (all groups). Space Plasma & Climate provides a natural forum for our work on exoplanets (ASTR, SPAT) and in Condensed Matter Physics techniques are brought together from metamaterials and nanophotonics (EXSS, CMTH).

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Our research strategy is based on solid pillars:

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