The Physics Division is a research forum for academic staff members in the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, as well as for research scientists, postdocs and graduate students employed by the Science Institute.
Basic research in experimental and theoretical physics is conducted at the Division. The main areas of research include experimental physics with an emphasis on condensed matter physics and its application to modern technology and nanotechnology; theoretical research, modelling the properties of electron systems on the nanometer scale, and molecular physics; and research in astrophysics with a primary emphasis on gamma ray bursts and cosmology. In addition, research is performed in areas such as energy research, Mössbauer spectroscopy, measurements of radon in ground water and improvements to the measurement of radioactive carbon for dating. The Division houses research facilities in nanotechnology, including a Class-100 cleanroom.