The Department of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory carries out a range of research into biological, extreme, materials and quantum physics themes, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. This diversity of approach allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas and synergies for the analysis of physics problems.
At the forefront of discoveries in physics
The core of the Laboratory’s research programme is experimental physics supported by excellence in theory. Our colleagues have a strong collaborative ethic, working with researchers from other disciplines and with industrial partners. This expansive approach has underpinned the success of 30 Nobel Prize winners whose names are associated with some of the world’s most fundamental discoveries: the electron, the neutron, the structure of DNA, and pulsars.
A spirit of innovation
This film looks at the impact of the innovations and ideas that have come out of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory over the past 140 years. It also introduces one of the most important and ambitious projects ever embarked upon by the University: the Ray Dolby Centre. The Dolby family have donated £85 million to Cambridge to help reimagine the possibilities of physics now and in the future with the development of a new Cavendish Laboratory.
Addressing big questions
The Cavendish embraces physics as a dynamic discipline, uncovering the nature of our physical universe from the smallest to the largest scales. From probing the wonders of quantum-scale physics within each atom to deciphering the extraordinary evolution of the structure of the Universe, the Cavendish’s experts are working on the most advanced and ambitious research projects ever undertaken by the human race. The core research groupings within the Department of Physics are:
- Atomic, mesoscopic and optical physics
- Biological and soft systems
- High energy physics
- Quantum matter
- Quantum sensors
- Scientific computing
- Semiconductor physics
- Structure and dynamics
- Surfaces, microstructure and fracture
- Theory of condensed matter
- Thin-film magnetism
- Supporting studentships
- Endowing professorships
- Redeveloping the Cavendish Laboratory's facilities
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