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Research in the Department of Physics

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. 

Biological Physics & Soft Matter Group

The Biological Physics and Soft Matter group aims to use bespoke technology and analytical methods borrowed from the Physical Sciences to address important fundamental questions in Biology. Building up on a strong tradition in Biophysics at King’s, the purpose of the new research group is to employ cutting-edge experimental and computational approaches to tackle the most exciting unresolved scientific challenges in this highly interdisciplinary field. 

Photonics & Nanotechnology Group

Research in the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group is focused on the development and application of advanced photonic technologies and of novel nanomaterials. Continuing the Department’s heritage in optics, electromagnetism and imaging, the Group is concerned with the science of ultimate limits of light-matter interactions on ultrafast and deep-subwavelength scales and enabling new functionalities of metal, semiconductor and dielectric nanoparticles and their assemblies. The interdisciplinary research underpins the next generation of information and communication technologies, quantum technologies, bioimaging, sensing and clean energy. 

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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