Research areas

Quantum Information Technologies

Mission statement

Our group aims to achieve the real-world implementation of quantum-enhanced technologies for applications in quantum information processing, quantum metrology and imaging.

Research topics

  • Quantum computing, boson sampling, and quantum computational supremacy
  • High-precision sensing and imaging
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum dots (QD) electro-optical materials

Quantum Optics and Quantum Foundations

Mission Statement

Our group aims at exploring the fundamental physics at the interplay between quantum optics with photons and atoms, complexity theory and general relativity.

Research topics

  • Quantum interference
  • Multiboson correlations and entanglement
  • De Broglie-Bohm theory
  • Quantum tests at the interface between quantum mechanics and general relativity

Applied Advanced Materials

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 and Gravitation

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

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.

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.

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.

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