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Our Research

King’s College London has one of the UK’s best Physics Departments. According to the QS World University Rankings we are within the top ten universities in the country.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 95 % of our research was rated as international quality, and more than half as internationally-leading or competitive.

Unlike many UK departments, the REF submission for King’s Physics included 100% of our academic staff. As such, our REF result serves as a true reflection of the internationally excellent research being performed in the Department of Physics at King’s College London, and means that all the academic staff teaching are also involved with scientific research at the highest level.

Our Department has four research groups, with a multi-disciplinary approach to research, working alongside scientists across Kings College London and supporting worldwide collaborations. 

Experimental Biophysics & Nanotechnology

Research in the EBN group is concerned with the development and application of advanced photonic and scanning probe techniques and of novel nanomaterials. Continuing the Department’s heritage in biophysics, the group is concerned with the development and application of optical techniques, particularly very high spatial resolution microscopy, and the synthesis of novel nanoparticle labels, to be able to probe events on the level of individual molecules.

Other research in nanophotonics and plasmonics is concerned with the development of structures and devices with sizes smaller than 1 µm for sensing applications and for the control and manipulation of light on nanometre length-scales for the next generation of information and communication technologies. 

Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter

The TSCM Group employs a wide range of theoretical and computational techniques to study phenomena in condensed matter and molecular systems.

The Group develops new approaches to study a diverse collection of elementary electronic excitations through the electronic structure, with expertise including bridging length and time scales to enable the study of properties at the mesoscopic scale, and the theory of quantum open systems using methods of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.Applications range from topics in materials science such as fracture and stress-corrosion, to nanotechnology, to biological materials, to correlated electronic systems.

The Group is a partner of the London Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulations of Materials.

Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology 

The research focus of the TPPC Group is on tests of new models of particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including supersymmetry, large extra dimensions and strings. These tests include collider experiments, indirect and direct dark matter searches, and the particle physics of the early universe ranging from inflation to theoretical models of quantum gravity.


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