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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Photon physics

Our photon physics research activity covers a number of diverse areas such as low energy lighting and solar cells.

The nature of this research specialism means that we gather scientists from research areas across the Department.

The work output of the researchers in the area of photon physics includes:

  • atomic and molecular interactions;
  • biological and medical systems;
  • materials for energy;
  • medical and biological uses of lasers;
  • new sources of low energy lighting;
  • quantum systems;
  • solar cells.

We use a wide range of light sources for our work, employing photons ranging from THz, IR, visible and UV lasers to vacuum ultraviolet light.

Additionally, we have a significant programme of work where laser and synchrotron radiation are being combined.