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
A unique new facility at the University of Adelaide will help protect Australia’s precious groundwater from overuse and contamination.
The depth and diversity of research student projects in the Faculty of Sciences was once again on display at this week's final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.
A project to map the hearing capability of zebrafish has won Mengke Han third prize at the global Frontiers in Neurophotonics’ summer school.
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.
Celebrate the fantastic research being conducted at IPAS, and explore the opportunities for summer scholarships, honours and PhD research.
JULY 9: Unlikely as it sounds, quantum physics is as much a part of our daily lives as a morning coffee. University of Adelaide researchers are at the field’s cutting edge. They’re excited about the possibilities. And after this awe-inspiring presentation, you’ll understand why.