Our physics research captures international attention in the world's best research journals, as we collaborate with national and international partners on cutting-edge global physics projects.
- We explore the fundamental studies of the structure of sub-atomic matter, and develop novel optical and photonic systems for a wide range of applications.
- We investigate the upper atmosphere using a network of sites that stretch from the equator to the Antarctic.
- We analyse the structure of the universe under, above and beyond the earth through our astrophysics and geophysics programs.
- We aim to improve healthcare through our medical physics research.
Our recent highlights include the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN; the discovery of gravitational waves by LIGO; and the discovery of astrophysical neutrinos by IceCube.
Our scientists work across the following multidisciplinary themes. Across all themes, our research has been rated by Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) as:
- Well above world standard: Astronomical and space sciences; Atomic, molecular, particle and plasma physics; Optical physics
Centres and institutes
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics - CNBP
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale - CoEPP
- ARC Special Research Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter - CSSM
- Centre for Complex Systems and the Structure of Matter - C2SSM
- Institute of Photonics & Advanced Sensing - IPAS
ARC Discovery projects showcase the dynamic breadth of sciences research at the University of Adelaide.
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Professor Peter Veitch has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for his involvement in one of the greatest scientific discoveries of this century.
A summary of seminars and events hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Adelaide.
Spend an evening with an internationally diverse set of scientists who will answer questions about particle physics and high-performance distributed computing.
Our solar system contains a great array of small planetary bodies that show remarkable variability in the chemistry, and subsequent materials, that form on their surfaces.