MSc
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Physics

This course is for you if you’re interested in exploring the fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics as well as experimental particle physics.

Flexibility while studying has meant I can tailor my course to my project – designing and building a 3D microscope. Staff have an open-door policy, which helps create the atmosphere that makes Sussex so unique.”Maxwell Rowley
Physics MSc 

Key facts

  • Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for Physics (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments, which supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.
  • Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics – from quantum information processing, through top-rated particle physics experiments to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through lectures, workshops and personal supervision. Your time is split equally between the project and modules. Your project culminates in a dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk).

The modules are assessed by problem sets, with either open-notes tests or unseen examinations. You’ll attend research seminars and contribute to your group’s discussions of the latest journal papers.

Full-time and part-time study

You study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. You work on the project throughout the year and give an assessed talk on it during the spring term. In the summer term, you focus on examinations and project work.

Your project can take the form of a placement in industry, but is usually supervised by faculty. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. Often the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in journals.

Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

In the part-time structure, you take the core modules in the autumn and spring terms of your first year. After the examinations in the summer term, you begin work on your project. Project work continues during the second year when you also take options. Distribution of modules between the two years is relatively flexible. Most of your project work naturally falls into the second year.

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at msc@physics.sussex.ac.uk 

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Project (MSc Physics)

      90 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      You undertake a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of faculty or postdoctoral researcher

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Atom Light Interactions

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module deals with the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation. Starting from the classical Lorentz model, the relevant physical processes are discussed systematically. This includes the interaction of classical radiation with two-level atoms and the full quantum model of atom light interactions. Applications such as light forces on atoms and lasers are explored.

    • Computational Chemistry

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of the module is to provide a guide to the various levels of theory (with their associated acronyms) appearing in the rapidly expanding field of computational chemistry, with a particular emphasis on quantum chemical methods.

      The module will start with the concept of a potential energy surface (stationary points, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, etc), the types of computation normally performed, and the basic quantum mechanics of electrons and nuclei in molecules. The solution of the Schrodinger equation under different approximations will then be explored.

    • Data Analysis Techniques

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module introduces you to the mathematical and statistical techniques used to analyse data. The module is fairly rigorous, and is aimed at students who have, or anticipate having, research data to analyse in a thorough and unbiased way.

      Topics include: probability distributions; error propagation; maximum likelihood method and linear least squares fitting; chi-squared testing; subjective probability and Bayes' theorem; monte Carlo techniques; and non-linear least squares fitting.

    • Further Quantum Mechanics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Topics covered include:

      • Review of 4-vector notation and Maxwell equations. 
      • Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon equation and antiparticles.
      • Time-dependent perturbation theory. Application to scattering processes and calculation of cross-sections. Feynman diagrams.
      • Spin-1/2 particles and the Dirac equation. Simple fermionic scatterings.

       

    • General Relativity

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides an introduction to the general theory of relativity, including:

      • Brief review of special relativity
      • Scalars, vectors and tensors
      • Principles of equivalence and covariance
      • Space-time curvature
      • The concept of space-time and its metric
      • Tensors and curved space-time; covariant differentiation
      • The energy-momentum tensor
      • Einstein's equations
      • The Schwarzschild solution and black holes
      • Tests of general relativity
      • Weak field gravity and gravitational waves
      • Relativity in cosmology and astrophysics.
    • Introduction to Cosmology

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers:

      • Observational Overview: in visible light and other wavebands; the cosmological principle; the expansion of the universe; particles in the universe.
      • Newtonian Gravity: the Friedmann equation; the fluid equation; the aceleration equation.
      • Geometry: flat, spherical and hyperbolic; infinite vs. observable universes; introduction to topology
      • Cosmological Models: solving equations for matter and radiation dominated expansions and for mixtures (assuming flat geometry and zero cosmological constant); variation of particle number density with scale factor; variation of scale factor with time and geometry.
      • Observational Parameters: Hubble, density, deceleration.
      • Cosmological Constant: fluid description; models with a cosmological constant.
      • The Age of the Universe: tests; model dependence; consequences
      • Dark Matter: observational evidence; properties; potential candidates (including MACHOS, neutrinos and WIMPS)
      • The Cosmic Microwave Background: properties; derivation of photo to baryon ratio; origin of CMB (including decoupling and recombination).
      • The Early Universe: the epoch of matter-radiation equality; the relation between temperature and time; an overview of physical properties and particle behaviour.
      • Nucleosynthesis: basics of light element formation; derivation of percentage, by mass, of Helium; introduction to observational tests; contrasting decoupling and nucleosynthesis.
      • Inflation: definition; three problems (what they are and how they can be solved); estimation of expansion during Inflation; contrasting early time and current inflationary epochs; introduction to cosmological constant problem and quintessence.
      • Initial Singularity: definition and implications.
      • Connection to General Relativity: brief introduction to Einstein equations and their relation to the Friedmann equation.
      • Cosmological Distance Scales: proper, luminosity, angular distances; connection to observables.
      • Structures in the Universe: CMB anisotropies; galaxy clustering
      • Constraining Cosmology: connection to CMB, large scale structure (inc BAO and weak lensing) and supernovae.
    • Object Oriented Programming

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      You will be introduced to object-oriented programming, and in particular to understanding, writing, modifying, debugging and assessing the design quality of simple Java applications.

      You do not need any previous programming experience to take this module, as it is suitable for absolute beginners.

    • Programming in C++

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      After a review of the basic concepts of the C++ language, you are introduced to object oriented programming in C++ and its application to scientific computing. This includes writing and using classes and templates, operator overloading, inheritance, exceptions and error handling. In addition, Eigen, a powerful library for linear algebra is introduced. The results of programs are displayed using the graphics interface dislin.

    • Quantum Field Theory 1

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module is an introduction into quantum field theory, covering:

      1. Action principle and Lagrangean formulation of mechanics
      2. Lagrangean formulation of field theory and relativistic invariance
      3. Symmetry, invariance and Noether's theorem
      4. Canonical quantization of the scalar field
      5. Canonical quantization of the electromagnetic field
      6. Canonical quantization of the Dirac spinor field
      7. Interactions, the S matrix, and perturbative expansions
      8. Feynman rules and radiative corrections.
    • Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module will introduce you to quantum optics and quantum information, covering:

      • Quantum systems and the qubit
      • Non-locality in quantum mechanics
      • Methods of quantum optics
      • The density matrix
      • The process of measurement
      • Introduction of irreversibility
      • Decoherence and quantum information
      • Quantum and classical communication
      • Measures of entanglement and distance between states
      • Logic operations and quantum algorithms
      • Requirements for quantum computers
      • Physical systems for quantum information processing.
    • Stellar & Galactic Astrophysics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Syllabus:

      Stellar Structure & Evolution:

      • Observational properties of stars
      • Hydrostatic support; polytropes
      • Energy production
      • Equations of stellar structure
      • End-points of stellar evolution
      • Supernovae; metal production
      • The IMF; yields of (ionising) photons, metals, snr energy.

      Stellar Dynamics:

      • Stars as a collisionless fluid; the Boltzmann equation
      • The Jeans equations
      • The Poisson equation
      • Simple stellar systems: spherical and disk

      Astrophysical fluids:

      • Inviscid fluid equations; relationship to stellar dynamics
      • Hydrostatic gas disks
      • Shocks & Blast waves
      • Accretion disks
      • Fluid instabilities: Kelvin Helmholtz / Rayleigh Taylor

      Physics of the ISM:

      • Description: relative energy densities of different components
      • Thermal instability / multiphase structure
      • Jeans instability: collapse of molecular clouds / star-formation
      • The living ISM: recycling and feedback
    • Symmetry in Particle Physics

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module provides an introduction into group theory and aspects of symmetry in particle physics, covering:

      • Groups and representations
      • Lie groups and Lie algebras
      • Space-time symmetries and Poincare group
      • Symmetry and conservation laws
      • Global, local, and discrete symmetry
      • Symmetry breaking and the origin of mass
      • Symmetry of the standard model, CKM matrix, neutrino masses, tree-level interactions.
    • Advanced Condensed State Physics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers the following topics:

      • Electronic Energy bands in Solids. Electrons in periodic potentials; Brillouin Zones; Bloch states. Nearly Free Electron (NFE) model. Tight-Binding Approximation (TBA) model. Band structure of selected metals, insulators and semiconductors. Optical Properties.
      • Electron Dynamics. Electrons and holes. Effective Mass. Mobilities. Magneto-transport.
      • Semiconductors. Classification; Energy Gaps. Donor and Acceptor doping. Equilibrium carrier statistics in intrinsic and doped materials. Temperature dependence of electrical and optical properties.
      • Semiconductor Devices. p-n junctions. Diodes, LEDs, Lasers, Transistors. Superlattices and 2DEG devices. 
      • Lattice Defects. Types of defects. Electronic and optical effects of defects in semiconductors and insulators.
    • Advanced Particle Physics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will acquire an overview of the current status of modern particle physics and current experimental techniques used in an attempt to answer today's fundamental questions in this field. 

      The topics discussed will be: 

      • Essential skills for the experimental particle physicist
      • Neutrino physics: Neutrino oscillations and reactor neutrinos
      • Neutrino physics: SuperNova, geo- and solar- neutrinos and direct neutrino mass measurements
      • Cosmic ray physics
      • Dark matter
      • Introduction to QCD (jets, particles distribution functions, etc)
      • Higgs physics
      • BSM (including supersymmetry)
      • Flavour physics & CP violation
      • Electric dipole measurements
      • Future particle physics experiments.
    • Astrophysical Processes

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers:

      • Basic properties of interstellar medium and intergalactic medium
      • Radiative transfer
      • Emission and absorption lines, line shapes
      • Hyperfine transitions, 21-cm line of hydrogen
      • Gunn-Peterson effect, Lyman-alpha forest, Damped Lyman Alpha systems
      • Radiative heating and cooling processes
      • Compton heating/cooling, Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
      • Emission by accelerating changes, retarded potentials, thermal bremstrahlung
      • Applications of Special Relativity in Astrophysics, relativistic beaming
      • Plasma effects, Faraday rotation, Synchrotron emission
      • HII regions, re-ionization

      Module outline

      Specific aims are to provide you with:

      1. An overview of instrumentation and detectors
      2. An overview of some of the topical cutting edge questions in the field.

      An appreciation of how scientific requirements translate to instrument/detector requirements and design.

      1. A crash course in Astronomy & Astrophysics (6 hours and directed reading)
        1. Fluxes, luminosities, magnitudes, etc.
        2. Radiation processes, black bodies, spectra
        3. Stars
        4. Galaxies
        5. Planets
        6. Cosmology
        7. Key questions
        8. Key requirements
      2. Telescopes & Instruments (3 hours student-led seminars from reading)
        1. Optical telescopes
        2. Interferometry
        3. Cameras
        4. Spectroscopy
        5. Astronomy beyond the e/m spectrum
      3. Detectors by wavelength (6 hours taught and 3 hours seminars)
        1. Gamma
        2. X-ray
        3. UV
        4. Optical
        5. NIR
        6. Mid-IR
        7. FIR
        8. Sub-mm
        9. Radio
      4. Detector selection for a future space mission X (4 x 3 hours)
        1. Scientific motivation and requirements
        2. Detector options
        3. External Constraints, financial, risk, etc.
        4. Detector selection

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the courses, you should be able to:

      • Display a basic understanding of detectors in astronomy
      • Display communication skills
      • Distil technological requirements from scientific drivers
      • Make an informed choice of detector for given application with justification.
    • Beyond the Standard Model

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers:

      • Basics of global supersymmetry: motivation and algebra, the Wess-Zumino model, superfields and superspace, construction of supersymmetry-invariant Lagrangians.
      • Weak scale supersymmetry: the gauge hierarchy problem, the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM).
      • Grand unification: SUS(5), the gauge sector, fermion masses, proton decay.
      • Extra dimensions: Kaluza-Klein reduction for scalars, fermions and gauge fields, generation of hierarchies, warped geometry.
    • Early Universe

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      An advanced module on cosmology.

      Topics include:

      • Hot big bang and the FRW model; Redshifts, distances, Hubble law
      • Thermal history, decoupling, recombination, nucleosynthesis
      • Problems with the hot big bang and inflation with a single scalar field
      • Linear cosmological perturbation theory
      • Quantum generation of perturbations in inflation
      • Scalar and tensor power spectrum predictions from inflation
      • Perturbation evolution and growth after reheating; free streaming and Silk damping
      • Matter power spectrum and CMB anisotropies.
    • Electrons, Cold Atoms & Quantum Circuits

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Topics covered include:

      • Basics of Penning trap technology. Motion and eigenfrequencies of a trapped particle.
      • Electrostatics and design of planar Penning traps. 
      • Electronic detection of a single trapped particle. 
      • The continuous Stern-Gerlach effect. Measurement of the Spin. 
      • Applications 1: Measurement of the electron's g-factor. Test of QED.
      • Applications 2: Measurement of the electron's mass. Mass spectrometry.
      • Trapping of neutral atoms with magnetic fields: Ioffe-Pritchard traps and the atom chip. 
      • Basics of Bose-Einstein condensation. 
      • Matter wave interferometry in atom chips: the adiabatic RF dressing technique.
      • Introduction to circuit-QED. Superconducting microwave resonators and artificial atoms.
      • Coherent quantum wiring of electrons, cold atoms and artificial atoms in a chip.
    • Experimental Quantum Technologies and Foundations

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will introduce you to the practical implementation of quantum technologies. Topics include:

      • general introduction to quantum computers
      • ion trap quantum computers
      • quantum computing with superconducting qubits
      • quantum computing with neutral atoms
      • linear optics quantum computing
      • other quantum computing implementations
      • hybrid quantum technologies
      • quantum simulators
      • quantum cryptography
      • quantum effects in macroscopic systems
      • quantum effects in biological systems
      • foundations of quantum physics
      • quantum physics and philosophy
    • Extragalactic Astronomy

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers:

      • Overview of observational cosmology – content of the Universe, incl. current evidence for Dark Matter and Dark Energy; evolution and eventual fate of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; nucleosynthesis
      • Galaxy formation – linear perturbation theory; growth and collapse of spherical perturbations; hierarchical galaxy formation models
      • Galaxy structure and global properties – morphology; stellar populations; spectral energy distributions; galaxy scaling laws
      • Global properties of the interstellar medium
      • Statistical properties of the galaxy population – luminosity function; mass function; star-formation history of the Universe
      • How to detect astrophysical processes in distant galaxies using modern telescopes
      • Black holes and active galactic nuclei
      • Galaxy clusters and the intracluster medium; galaxy groups
    • Fibre Optic Communications

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Topics covered in this module include:

      • analysis of slab wave-guide
      • analysis of step index fibre
      • dispersion in the step index fibre
      • mono-mode fibre
      • propagation of light rays in multi-mode graded index fibres
      • dispersion in graded index fibres
      • light sources and detectors
      • modulation of semiconductor light sources
      • transfer characteristic and impulse response of fibre communication systems
      • power launching and coupling efficiency
      • receiver principles and signal-to noise ratio in analogue receivers
      • receivers for digital optical fibre communication systems
      • system noise
      • system components and aspects of system design
      • coherent optical fibre communication
      • network systems.
    • Introduction to Nano-materials and Nano-characterisation

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Learn the most important analytical techniques used in the nano-physics laboratory today and discuss some of their applications in Materials Physics and nanotechnology where designing devices and functionality at the molecular scale is now possible.

      In this module, you cover:

      • the basic physical mechanisms of the interaction between solid matter and electromagnetic radiation, electrons and ions
      • the principles and usage of microprobes, electron spectroscopy techniques (AES and XPS), x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), light optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.

      The module includes a coursework component. This involve preparing and giving a presentation on a selected advanced topic related to recent breakthroughs in nanophysics.

      Each group will carry out an extensive literature review on a given topic and subsequently prepare and present a 30-minute presentation on their findings.

      In your presentation, you are expected to highlight the usefulness of advanced analytical techniques used by researchers in the given subject area.

    • Lasers and Photonics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module covers:

      • Light-matter interaction. 
      • Rate equations of lasers. 
      • Principles of Gaussian optics and optical cavities. 
      • Types of lasers and their applications.
    • Monte Carlo Simulations

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will cover topics including:

      • Introduction to R 
      • Pseudo-random number generation 
      • Generation of random variates 
      • Variance reduction 
      • Markov-chain Monte Carlo and its foundations 
      • How to analyse Monte Carlo simulations 
      • Application to physics: the Ising model 
      • Application to statistics: goodness-of-fit tests
    • Particle Physics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is a first introduction to basic concepts in Elementary Particle Physics. It presents an introductory discussion of leptons and quarks and their interactions in the standard model. Particular emphasis will be given to experimental methodologies and experimental results. A selection of topics covered in this course include: 

      • Cross-sections and decay rates 
      • Relativistic kinematics
      • Detectors and accelerators
      • Leptons
      • Quarks and hadrons 
      • Space-time symmetries
      • The quark model 
      • Electromagnetic interactions 
      • Strong interactions: QCD, jets and gluons 
      • Weak interactions and electro-weak unification
      • Discrete symmetries
      • Aselection of topics in physics beyond the standard model
    • Particle Physics Detector Technology

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module explores the technical manner in which some of the scientific questions in the fields of experimental particle physics, including high energy physics, neutrino physics etc., are being addressed. The student is introduced to many of the experimental techniques that are used to study the particle phenomena. The focus is on the demands those scientific requirements place on the detector technology and current state-of-the-art technologies.

      This module will provide you with:

      • an introduction to some of the basic concepts of particle physics
      • an overview of some of the topical cutting edge questions in the field
      • an understanding of some key types of experiments
      • a detailed understanding of the underlying detector technologies.

      Topics covered include:

      1. Intro to particle structure
        1. particles and forces, masses and lifetimes
        2. coupling strengths and interactions
        3. cross sections and decays
      2. Accelerators
        1. principles of acceleration
        2. kinematics, center of mass
        3. fixed target experiments, colliders
      3. Reactors
        1. nuclear fission reactors, fission reactions, types of reactors
        2. neutron sources, absorption and moderation, neutron reactions
        3. nuclear fusion, solar and fusion reactors
      4. Detectors
        1. gaseous
        2. liquid (scintillator, cerenkov, bubble chamber)
        3. solid-state
        4. scintillation
        5. calorimeters, tracking detectors
        6. particle identification
      5. Monte Carlo modelling
        1. physics
    • Quantum Field Theory 2

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Module topics include:

      • Path integrals: Path integrals in quantum mechanics; Functionals; Path integral quantisation of scalar field; Gaussian integration; Free particle Green's functions ; Vacuum-vacuum transition function Z[J]. 
      • Interacting field theory in path integral formulation. Generating functional W[J]; Momentum space Greens functions; S-matrix and LSZ reduction formula; Grassmann variables; Fermionic path integral. 
      • Gauge field theory: Internal symmetries; Gauge symmetry 1: Abelian; The electromagnetic field; Gauge symmetry 2: non-Abelian. 
      • Renormalisation of scalar field theory; Quantum gauge theory; Path integral quantisation of non-Abelian gauge theories; Faddeev-Popov procedure, ghosts; Feynman rules in covariant gauge; Renormalisation.

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in a physics-based subject (including mathematics and engineering degrees with significant modern physics content including quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and nuclear physics).

Those requesting experimental projects must have laboratory experience, and evidence must be supplied, usually in the form of a reference, of competence in the laboratory.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national we must receive your application by 1 August because you will need to obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Find out more about ATAS.

English language requirements

Lower level (IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £9,250 per year

EU: £9,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per year

Overseas: £18,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Living costs

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Faculty

Our four research groups are focused on research into fundamental areas of science:

  • Astronomy Centre

    Dr Christian Byrnes
    Senior Research Fellow
    C.Byrnes@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, Extra-Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology, Particle astrophysics

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    Dr Ilian Iliev
    Reader In Astronomy
    I.T.Iliev@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cosmology, First Stars, reionization, Simulations

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    Dr Antony Lewis
    Professor of Cosmology
    Antony.Lewis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astrophysics, Cosmology, Data analysis, Sampling

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    Dr Jonathan Loveday
    Reader In Astronomy
    J.Loveday@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astronomy - observation, Extra-Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology

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    Prof Seb Oliver
    Professor of Astrophysics
    S.Oliver@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astronomy, Astronomy & Space Science Technologies, Astronomy - observation, Cosmology, Data analysis, Data Mining, Medical Imaging, Medical Informatics

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    Prof Kathy Romer
    Professor of Astrophysics
    Romer@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astronomy, Astronomy & Space Science Technologies, Astronomy - observation, Cosmology, Data Mining

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    Dr Mark Sargent
    Senior Lecturer In Astronomy
    Mark.Sargent@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astronomy - observation, Astrophysics, Data Mining, Extra-Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology, Physics

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    Dr David Seery
    Reader In Mathematics & Physics
    D.Seery@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Theoretical Physics

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    Dr Robert E Smith
    Senior Lecturer
    R.E.Smith@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cosmology

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    Prof Peter Thomas
    Professor of Astronomy
    P.A.Thomas@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Direct Numerical Simulation, Extra-Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology, Hydrodynamics

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    Dr Stephen Wilkins
    Senior Lecturer In Astronomy
    S.Wilkins@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Astronomy

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  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

    Prof Jacob Dunningham
    Professor of Physics
    J.Dunningham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atomic and molecular physics, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Quantum Metrology, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Claudia Eberlein
    Professor Of Theoretical Physics
    claudia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Barry Garraway
    Professor Of Quantum Physics
    B.M.Garraway@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Winfried Hensinger
    Professor of Quantum Technologies
    W.K.Hensinger@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Physics - Quantum Logic, Atoms and Ions, Atoms in External Fields, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser technology, Light, Microfabricated devices, Microfabrication, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Metrology, quantum simulation

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    Dr Matthias Keller
    Reader in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    M.K.Keller@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Quantum Information Processing

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    Dr Alessia Pasquazi
    Senior Lecturer
    A.Pasquazi@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Marco Peccianti
    Reader in Physics
    M.Peccianti@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Light, Photonics

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    Dr Diego Porras
    Senior Lecturer
    D.Porras@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Dr Jose Verdu Galiana
    Reader
    J.L.Verdu-Galiana@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

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  • Experimental Particle Physics

    Dr Lily Asquith
    Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Fellow
    L.Asquith@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Alessandro Cerri
    Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
    A.Cerri@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, digital electronics, Particle Detectors, Physics, trigger systems for particle physics

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    Prof Antonella De Santo
    Professor Of Physics
    A.De-Santo@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ATLAS experiment, Beyond The Standard Model, Calorimetry, Experimental particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Neutrino Oscillations, Neutrino Physics, Particle Detectors, Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Triggering

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    Dr Elisabeth Falk
    Senior Lecturer in Experimental ParticlePhysics
    E.Falk@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Neutrino Physics, Particle physics - experiment

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    Dr Clark Griffith
    Lecturer In Physics
    W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Fibre-optic Sensors, Magnetometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Particle physics - experiment

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    Dr Michael Hardiman
    Associate Faculty
    M.Hardiman@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics

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    Prof Philip Harris
    Professor of Physics
    P.G.Harris@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Neutron electric dipole moment, Ultracold neutrons

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    Dr Jeff Hartnell
    Reader In Experimental Particle Physics
    J.J.Hartnell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Neutrino Physics

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    Dr Simon Peeters
    Reader
    S.J.M.Peeters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Data analysis, Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Instrumentation, sensors and detectors, Neutrino Physics, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - experiment, Statistical Uncertainty

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    Dr Fabrizio Salvatore
    Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
    P.F.Salvatore@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, Calorimetry, Collider Physics, Supersymmetry, trigger systems for particle physics

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    Dr Iacopo Vivarelli
    Reader in Physics and Astronomy
    I.Vivarelli@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Calorimetry, Data analysis, Data Mining, Particle physics - experiment, Supersymmetry

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  • Theoretical Particle Physics

    Dr Andrea Banfi
    Reader
    A.Banfi@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Prof Xavier Calmet
    Professor of Physics
    X.Calmet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Mark Hindmarsh
    Professor of Theoretical Physics
    M.B.Hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cosmology, General Relativity, High Performance Computing, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - theory

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    Dr Stephan Huber
    Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
    S.Huber@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Beyond The Standard Model, Cosmology, Particle physics - theory, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry

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    Dr Sebastian Jaeger
    Reader In Theoretical Particle Physics
    S.Jaeger@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Dr Daniel Litim
    Reader in Theoretical Physics
    D.Litim@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Relativity

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    Dr Veronica Sanz
    Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
    V.Sanz@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: AdS/CFT Correspondence, Collider Physics, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Extra-Dimensions, Higgs Physics, Supersymmetry

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Careers

Graduate destinations

89% of students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to roles including:

  • KCP associate, University of Leeds and Landmark Information Group
  • postdoctoral researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • teacher, Our Lady of Sion School.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Our graduates go on to take research degrees, or take up employment in a range of industries in roles such as:

  • business/data analysis
  • computer programming
  • software development
  • teaching
  • research and teaching technical support.

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