The Physics department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Physics.
As a PhD (3 years) student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project.
You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.
Links with Industry
Our three research groups, Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory (PPCT), Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics (AMQP), and Applied Physics and Materials (APM) deliver impact with commercial benefits both nationally and internationally, complemented by a public engagement programme with a global reach.
The PPCT group has strong links with SMEs and large International companies working in sectors such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Finance and High Performance Computing. In partnership with other universities, the department participates in Centre(s) for Doctoral Training which integrate six-month work placements at an industrial partner organisation into a four-year doctoral programme
The work of the AMQP group on trapping and investigating antihydrogen has generated great media interest that feeds into a significant and on-going programme of public engagement. Activities include the development of a bespoke software simulator (Hands on Antihydrogen) of the antimatter experiment for school students.
Also within the AMQP group, work on optomechanics offers unparalleled control over large mass quantum mechanical systems. These techniques are key to recent LIGO observations of gravitational waves, and the promise of sensors, based on levitated optomechanics, has attracted interest from industry and UK Defence agencies. The prospects for space-borne experimental platforms are currently under investigation by the European Space Agency in association with researchers from Swansea.
The APM group has strong links to industry, particularly the semiconductor and advanced materials sectors via the Sustainable Advanced Materials Program (Sêr SAM). Through the Centre for Integrative Semiconductors, Swansea University (several groups including APM and the Centre for Nanohealth) is part of the CS Connected Cluster---a regional industry collective which seeks to expand and support the South Wales semiconductor and optoelectronic manufacturing base. Companies involved in this cluster include IQE, SPTS and Newport Wafer Fab plus numerous supply chain organisations. The Sêr SAM Program has several cooperative projects with Cluster members across optoelectronic platforms and welcomes PhD students wishing to undertake industry-relevant projects.
Also within the APM group, longterm research in the area of Raman Spectroscopy resulted in the creation of a spinout company, CanSense LtD, in 2018. The company is developing a state-of-the-art tool for colorectal cancer screening and has secured funding from Cancer Research Wales. Work in nanoparticle synthesis resulted in the creation of a spinout company, RefieX LtD. The company seeks to exploit a new technique for carbon nanomaterial purification from bioprocessing waste in order to increase sustainability.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that over 80\% of the research outputs from both the experimental and theoretical groups were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.
Research groups include:
The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group comprises academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.
The Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory Group has fifteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.
The Applied Physics and Materials (APM) Group has been very recently established at our department and is supported by grants from the European Union, Welsh Government, National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, Welsh European Funding Office, and EPSRC. Its main areas of research range from Biophotonics, covering nano- and micro-structured materials, biomimetics, analyte sensing and light-tissue interaction, over Nanomedicine to Sustainable Advanced Materials, such as Next generation semiconductors, bioelectronic materials and devices, optoelectronics including photodetection, solar energy conversion, advanced electro-optics and transport physics of disordered solids.