Organisational unit: Department

Organisation profile

Major investment in research excellence, targeted developments of recognised strengths and successful leadership of external collaborations have fostered an innovating and dynamic physics research community at Strathclyde. A strategic decision to concentrate critical mass in areas of research underpinned by optical sciences was implemented in 2002. Recognised strengths in computational optics, photonics, plasma physics, biomolecular physics, and widegap semiconductors led to a reorganisation of the Department into three complementary research divisions – Nanoscience, Optics, and Plasmas. Evidence of international standing in these targeted areas comes not only from high impact publications, leadership of national and international projects, and strong and sustained growth in research income, but also from highly effective knowledge transfer through industrial engagement and commercially significant outputs. Theory and experiment work together to enhance the pull-through of fundamental physics to applications, and underpin effective realisation of an expanding range of multidisciplinary initiatives.

Multi-million-pound extra-University collaborations, notably within the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and industry, and expanded intra-University collaborations have led to significant enhancements in our research portfolio. These have reinforced existing excellence and, at the same time, enabled us to make rapid impact in emerging multidisciplinary areas, such as nanometrology, complexity, quantum optics and laser-plasma based nuclear physics and ion acceleration.


  1. Microscopy & Microanalysis 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  2. Invited visit to ETH Zurich

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. IET 5G: State of Play

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of special symposia

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  1. Creation of a cluster of innovative laser companies in Glasgow serving global markets

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce

  2. Turning Electrons into Opportunities

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services

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  1. Harwell Imaging Partnership project | Frazer, Timothy

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  2. Supporting Students Entering University via Non Traditional Pathways

    Project: Internally funded projectResearch

  3. Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Brasser, Catherine Geraldine

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

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  1. Teaching Excellence Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. CDT Applied Photonics Annual Conference - Best Poster prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Chancellor's Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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  1. Small Instrumentation Module Mounts & fi

    Equipment/facility: Equipment

  2. SCAPA 350TW laser

    Equipment/facility: Equipment


    Equipment/facility: Equipment

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