Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics, ranging from quantum information processing, quantum optics, and cold atom physics through a programme of top-rated particle physics experiments, to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.
The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments, which in 2008 received a joint award of £12.5 million.
In 2013 we benefited from another joint award of £13.1 million to support vital research, teaching and the development of physics in the South East.
Our scientific research interests are tightly focused on the extra-galactic: cosmology and early universe; structure formation; clusters; galaxy formation and evolution
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics research at Sussex University is devoted to the study of fundamental physics and quantum effects using the techniques of atomic and laser physics. Employing quantum mechanical effects, the group also develops novel technologies which will have major impact on the way computers and computer networks work
Experimental Particle Physics
Our research aims to answer some of the fundamental questions posed by modern physics, such as: What is the origin of mass? Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? What is the nature of the neutrino? Is there physics beyond the Standard Model?
This is a new research group established after the appointment of Prof Alan Dalton
This is a new cross-discipline research group with members from the two Departments of the School. A full website will be available soon.
Quantum Sensing & Ultracold Gases
The Quantum Sensing & Ultracold Gases group is a new research team at Sussex interested in using atomic gases as magnetic sensors close to various objects, such as novel advanced materials (for example, structured graphene conductors), ion channels in cells, and the human brain.
Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies
The Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies is focused on the exploitation and development of disruptive quantum technologies and members of the centre are part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.
Theoretical Particle Physics
In the theoretical particle physics group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, we are broadly concerned with questions regarding the fundamental constituents of nature, notably matter and forces