Physics Research at Lancaster
Lancaster University's Physics Department is one of the top in the UK for research. REF2014 ranked us 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality, with 28% of our publications in this top bracket.
Research in the Physics Department is structured into four divisions: Astrophysics, Particle and Accelerator Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter, and Theory.
Each division has a world-class team of research-active staff at the forefront of research in their respective fields. We place great importance on bringing this world-leading research into our undergraduate teaching, and into our schools and public engagement programme.
Our renowned researchers include particle physicists working at CERN, Fermilab and JPARC in Japan, quantum technologists working on quantum bits, liquid helium and graphene, biomedical physicists describing nonlinear phenomena in the human body, mathematical physicists studying the classical and quantum behaviour of matter and light, space and planetary physicists investigating the solar system's space-plasma environment using spacecraft such as NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan, and cosmologists chasing the origins of dark matter and mechanisms of inflation.
Our research tackles some of the most important open questions in Astrophysics looking at the formation and evolution of galaxies, and the properties of the Universe itself.Learn More
Our research in theoretical cosmology uses new theories of particle physics and gravitation to understand the evolution of the Universe from the earliest time to the present day.Learn More
Particle and Accelerator Physics
Studying the forces and interactions that shaped our universe and searching for new particles like the Higgs boson, using the highest energy particle colliders and long-baseline neutrino beams.Learn More
Experimental Condensed Matter
We perform experiments and develop cooling technology to study fundamental processes and material properties at temperatures approaching absolute zero.Learn More
We work on a whole range of devices, from the fundamental physics of nanofabricated structures to practical applications with industrial partners.Learn More
We study and model the theoretical properties of condensed matter systems, such as graphene, cold atomic gases, and molecular electronicsLearn More