School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Applied Physics Research

Staff associated with the Applied Physics degree contribute to a variety of research areas in experimental, theoretical and observation physics.

Our Current Research

Applied Advanced Materials Research

Applied Advanced Materials Research 

The research undertaken focuses on the preparation of multi-functional materials and development of novel materials characterisation metrologies. Areas of applicability of our research include sensor technologies, data storage, energy harvesting and solid state cooling technologies.

Research Topics:

  • Development of non-contact, non-destructive optical characterisation techniques of magnetic and magneto-resistive nano-thin films
  • Fabrication of multiferoic ceramics and composite materials for novel applications
  • Novel approaches to data storage technologies
Cosmology

Cosmology and Gravitation

A number of members of staff carrying out research in cosmology and gravitation also contribute to the Applied Physics degree.

Dr Hooshyar Assadullahi
Dr Robert Crittenden
Dr Marco Bruni
Dr Claudia Maraston

Quantum Theory

Quantum Theory

The fundamental quantum mechanical behaviour of light and matter is now being exploited in exciting new quantum technologies related to information, computing and even teleportation. Research in the foundations of quantum theory has been vitally important in promoting the development of these technologies. The quantum research group at Portsmouth has continued the development of the de Broglie-Bohm theory which as the name implies has a lineage going back to Louis de Broglie himself.

Research Topic:

It is now clear that quantum theory is a nonlocal theory and the focus of the current research is on developing a relativistic de Broglie-Bohm theory in which the nonlocal aspects do not conflict with relativistic covariance.

Particle Physics

Particle Physics

Research has focused on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, studying the subtle differences between matter and antimatter produced in proton-proton collisions and the OPAL experiment at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) Collider studying the decays of Z and W bosons (the weak force carriers) and measuring the number of light neutrinos. The photo-production of vector mesons using tagged photon beams from the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron and the NINA electron synchrotron at Daresbury Laboratory was the focus of earlier research

IRED Thermography

New approaches

A recent focus has been on the development of new approaches to laboratory and practical work and the integration of active learning and employability across the new Applied Physics curriculum. A number of grants have been awarded to develop this work. Research has also been carried out into the use of “virtual on-line environments” to support active problem based learning involving international groups of students working on collaborative projects. Further work is exploring the effect on student experience and attainment of engaging in industry based projects. We have been working with Portsmouth Hospitals Medical Physics, Defence Science and Technology Labs and IRED.

Environmental Radiation

Environmental Radiation

Research is focused on the impact of ionising radiation on biota at the individual level (genetic/physiological biomarkers) and on the ecosystem as a whole, modelling the transfers of very long-lived radionuclides in the biosphere and modelling of nutrient transport in rivers and their catchments.

Research group members

Academic and Research Staff

PhD Students and Visiting Staff

  • Mr Suttipan Aksornniem