Hicks Building

About Physics and Astronomy at Sheffield

The Department of Physics and Astronomy explores the fundamental laws of the universe and develops pioneering technologies with real-world applications. Researchers are looking beyond our planet to map out distant galaxies, tackling global challenges including energy security, and exploring the opportunities presented by quantum computing and 2D materials.

Researchers are involved in major international collaborations, from the ATLAS project at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and the LIGO collaboration behind the detection of gravitational waves, to neutrino detection as part of the T2K Collaboration in Japan and dark matter experiments with the LUK-Zeplin experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Our astrophysicists work closely with the teams behind NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma in the Canary Islands, while our biological physicists are leading the Imagine: Imaging Life project – a major University of Sheffield research initiative that is applying revolutionary microscopy techniques to biology and medicine.


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Researchers in materials and semiconductors are also helping to develop the latest advanced technologies, from building increasingly powerful computers by applying the principles of quantum information processing, to producing two-dimensional materials that have the potential to revolutionise the world of electronic devices.

Research in the Department of Physics and Astronomy

We are also training the next generation of physicists through our range of three- and four-year undergraduate degrees in physics and astrophysics: Undergraduate study

We also run masters courses in Biological Imaging, Particle Physics, Quantum Photonics and Nanomaterials, and Solar Cell Technology, and recruit new PhD students to support our research across physics and astronomy: Postgraduate study

Hicks Building

We're based in the Hicks Building, with facilities ranging from specialist teaching and research laboratories, to the state-of-the-art telescopes and solar technology testbed on our roof.


Solar Farm

Quantum Information Laboratory

Our Low Dimensional Structures and Devices research group have built a new laboratory for studying the optical properties of structures based on 2D materials.

Materials lab

Laser lab