School of Physics & Astronomy

ER-HWP working principle: upon reflection, the polarization parallel to the wire-grid experiences a phase-shift of 180 degrees, i.e. is reversed in its orientation, whereas the polarisation perpendicular to it stays in the same direction.

New metamaterial device may help detect B-Mode polarization from the CMB

21 December 2016

The metamaterial device may help to discover more about gravitational waves which were emitted when the universe was first formed.

An example of compound semiconductors in action

£10m Award Creates New Compound Semiconductor Hub

5 December 2016

A £10m award announced today puts Cardiff University at the forefront of research into cutting-edge Compound Semiconductor technologies.

The Gravitational Physics team picking up their award.

Gravitational Physicists collect Vice Chancellor’s accolade

25 November 2016

The Gravitational Physics Group has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University, part of the Celebrating Excellence Awards for 2016.

Gravitational Wave - Artwork

Artwork inspired by gravitational wave discovery

24 November 2016

Cardiff-based artist to reveal new oil painting encapsulating the landmark detection of gravitational waves

Cardiff Physicists represent Wales in prestigious debating competition

11 November 2016

Kyle and Jonathan will compete in Oxford this weekend.

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

Paving the way for more efficient solar cell devices

7 November 2016

Cardiff researchers have teamed up with UK and international partners to work on new solar power techniques.

Left-to-Right: Chris North, David Mackie, Haley Gomez and Jonathan Dobbs.

Astronomy inspires public park art

28 October 2016

Cardiff academics were guests of honour at the unveiling of 'Constellations' at Channel Heights Housing Development.

Latest NSS reports high student satisfaction

16 August 2016

National Student Survey shows student satisfaction at 96% for second year in a row.

Graduate Profile: Mike Green

11 August 2016

MPhys graduate Mike shares his experience.

Antikythera Mechanism (Copyright required)

Research sheds light on ancient device

2 August 2016

A researcher from the School of Physics and Astronomy is at the centre of a project shedding new light on the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2000 year old artefact which is believed to be the world’s oldest computer

Universe becoming cleaner as cosmic dust is mopped up by stars

6 July 2016

Brand new images from the Herschel Space Observatory give unprecedented insight into the lives of stars and galaxies.

Black Hole chart

Black hole signals mark 'true beginning' of gravitational wave astronomy

15 June 2016

A billion-year-old wave activity has been detected.

Gravitational waves

Astronomers detect new gravitational wave

15 June 2016

LIGO scientists detect “fantastically weak” gravitational wave signal from the merging of two black holes

Artist's impression of intergalactic rain

Feeding black holes

10 June 2016

Researchers first to witness a supermassive black hole preparing for a "chaotic" feast at the centre of a distant galaxy.

Supermassive black hole

Feeding black holes

9 June 2016

Experts show supermassive black hole preparing for a ‘chaotic’ feast one billion light years from Earth

The transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury: Public talks and public viewing

15 April 2016

Come and join us for our free event!

Hong Kong students

Inspiring Hong Kong to Reach for the Impossible

31 March 2016

Cardiff experts inspire the next generation of scientists at Science Alive 2016.

Dr Matt Smith at the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico.

Cardiff Researcher Selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

14 March 2016

Dr Matthew Smith will attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in June 2016.

Magnetic monopole-antimonopole pairs are pulled apart by the force of the applied magnetic field, that overcomes the Coulomb attraction between the magnetic charges.

Magnets research paper published in Nature Physics

11 March 2016

Findings published on the measurement of the force between magnetic monopoles.

Microprocessor on blue circuit board

Step towards ‘holy grail’ of silicon photonics

7 March 2016

Creation of first practical silicon-based laser has the potential to transform communications, healthcare and energy systems