Physics is an enabling science that expands our knowledge of the universe and underpins new technologies that benefit our society. The School of Physics is well established and is internationally respected for its research excellence, broad-based undergraduate courses, and a challenging and rewarding postgraduate experience. Our collaborations are aligned with the world’s leading research groups and facilities. We address some of the most important and fundamental problems of our age.
Our programs in astrophysics, theoretical particle and experimental particle physics explore questions relating to the origin, evolution and fate of our universe. Aligned with high energy physics programs taking place in Switzerland (CERN), the School has considerable expertise in grid computing, neutrino physics and physics beyond the ‘Standard Model’. The LIGO gravitational wave detector project is designed to measure gravity waves, as yet unseen but predicted by Einstein. The MWA low frequency radio telescope is a facility currently under construction in outback Western Australia. Designed to capture signals from the early reaches of the universe, it is another tool that will increase our understanding of the universe.
The School has strengths in the exploration of matter and light interactions, particularly in advanced materials utilising diamond and silicon, quantum information science, photonics, advanced electron microscopy, nanoscale imaging, nanoelectronics, all the way down to the single atom and photon. Working closely with the Australian Synchrotron, our leading Centre for Coherent X-Ray Science employs X-Ray diffraction techniques and an interdisciplinary team of physicists, biologists and chemists to explore the structural determination of single biological molecules. Solving this problem is critical to rational drug design and biotechnology. With inter-institutional partners, the Centre for Quantum Computer Technology is building, at the atomic level, a solid-state quantum computer in silicon which will revolutionise computing industries.
It is an exciting time to be studying physics in the 21st century. If you love physics, we hope that you will consider studying at the School of Physics where we continue to attract the brightest student from the country. We have information for: students still at secondary school; students thinking of undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the School (including scholarships and information for international students); and for people interested in careers information for physicists.