Department of Physics


The science of watching paint dry; nanotech for everyday impact

Research from the department could help improve the performance of a wide variety of everyday goods, from paint to sunscreen.

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Ranked eighth for Physics

The University of Surrey was ranked eighth nationally for physics by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

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Distinctive study programmes

Our programmes reflect the diversity of modern physics.

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Advancing physics

Our department is part of the SEPnet consortium of six partner universities, working together to advance and sustain physics within the south-east region of England.

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The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 84 per cent of our research output as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Star Gazing at University of Surrey

The Astrophysics Group held the first star gazing event on the 20 October 2016. The event had an incredible turn out with nearly 200 people participating.

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New research reveals hundreds of undiscovered black holes

New research by the University of Surrey published today in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shone light on a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundred black holes, a phenomenon that until recently was thought impossible. 

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Applying principles based on Schrödinger’s famous “cat-in-a-box” thought experiment could be used in quantum technologies

The new paper published in Scientific Reports suggests a theoretical method for realising a ‘teleportation protocol’ that could make use of such ‘cat-states’ – where matter can be in two states at once – in quantum computation.

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