The structure and principles of the universe

How does the universe work?

We are at the forefront of understanding the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies and explore the underlying sub-atomic building blocks of our Universe from the Higgs Boson to gravitational waves. Our research drives new technologies in space imaging, robotics and semiconductors for aerospace, nuclear waste management and healthcare.

To understand what 'is', you need to understand what 'could be'! We are developing statistical methods to quantitate risk in complex systems and determining how space and numbers can be assembled, either continuously or algebraically, whilst mapping the effects of symmetries.

We have a total of £17 million in grant income in this area. Our researchers play a leading part in the largest multi-institution international collaborations and in consortia using the most modern telescope facilities worldwide, including:

Main image credit: NASA, ESA, P Crowther (University of Sheffield)