Our research themes

Atomic and molecular physics

Atomic and Molecular Physics

"Interactions between atoms and molecules have fundamental effects on everything around us"

Clean energy

Clean Energy

"Physics has a key role to play in addressing the looming energy crisis"

Environmental physics

Environmental Physics

"The application to Endex carbon capture is an interesting example of how high quality fundamental mathematics research can turn out to have important applications to new problems."

Fusion and Plasma Confinement

Fusion and Plasma Confinement

"Fusion has the potential to offer vast amounts of power with no greenhouse emissions"

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

"What we're doing is essentially engineering but at the atomic and molecular scale"

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

"It's the combination of surface and quantum effects that make nanotechnology such a unique and interesting area to work in"

Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

Photonics, Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

"With waveguides this long it's possible for non-linear processes to take place in fibre optic light, this is perfect for optical chip technology"

Plasma Applications and Technology

Plasma Applications and Technology

"The unique properties of plasma mean that it has a wide variety of technological applications"

Physics of the Nucleus

Physics of the Nucleus

"The School operates the premier facility in Australia for accelerator-based research in physics of the nucleus"

Quantum Science and Applications

Quantum Science and Applications

"Exotic quantum phenomena have important practical applications in areas such and cryptography and quantum noise reduction"

Quantum Devices and Technology

Quantum Devices and Technology

"By understanding the quantum world, we can create technologies that would have seemed impossible just a couple of decades ago"

Topological and Structural Science

Topological and Structural Science

"Improved understanding of disordered porous media has applications ranging from the petrochemical industries to inks and papers"

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical Physics

"In the ten dimensional spacetime of string theory, only a single parameter is required to describe the world volume making the mathematics a lot more elegant."

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