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    Our research ranges from looking at the fundamental properties of the universe to developing technologies that have the potential to improve health care in the future.

We're at the international forefront of modern physics. We're making major contributions to fundamental science, and we're having an exceptional impact on industry.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our Department of Physics was rated the number one department in the UK, ahead of Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College.

Our research publications were ranked 4th, with 93% of our submissions rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research is strongly supported by investment in infrastructure.

Advanced research laboratories for several of our groups have recently opened in the University's Technology & Innovation Centre.

We've also opened a new 3-storey wing in the John Anderson Building, as part of a £13M investment programme in Physics.

We're developing technologies from basic physics that have the potential to revolutionise healthcare in the future, or could help to solve the energy crisis. Many of our researchers have received national and international medals and awards in recognition of their contributions to science.

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Department of Physics

University of Strathclyde,
John Anderson Building
107 Rottenrow, Glasgow,
G1 1XJ

+44 (0) 141 548 3366

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New technology to detect sight-threatening disease

Scientists at the University of Strathclyde are involved in research – boosted by new funding – into technology to detect early visual loss in people with long-term conditions.

New technology

Self-organised optomechanical patterns

The physics behind some of nature's most spectacular structures have been observed in an atomic gas at very low temperatures, published in Nature Photonics

Physics - Photonics

Leading partnerships

Strathclyde Quantum Optics in Glasgow takes a leading role in the new International Max Planck Partnership in Measurement and Observatory as one of five Scottish physics departments together with five Max Planck institutes in Germany.

Physics machinery

Gravitational waves detected!

Gravitational waves have been detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction! The waves were observed at two separate LIGO sites in the United States. The discovery ushers in a new era of astronomy. Dr Nicholas Lockerbie tells us more:

What is a gravitational wave?

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained.

Dr Nicholas Lockerbie, Reader in Department of Physics, tells us more: