School of Physics & Astronomy

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

Gravitational Waves research building

Green light for gravitational wave detector in India

22 February 2016

University scientists play crucial role in securing new gravitational wave detector for India

Gravitational waves

Space-time ripples detected for the very first time

11 February 2016

University scientists open a new window into the Universe as gravitational waves are detected for the first time

Juno Practitioner logo

Recognition for Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity

10 February 2016

The School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics’

George Osborne on his visit to the School of Physics and Astronomy

Chancellor announces £50m for new Cardiff innovation centre

7 January 2016

The Chancellor George Osborne announces £50m for new Cardiff innovation centre.

Colin Riordan and Matthew Allen

Communication award for early career researcher

9 November 2015

University researcher picks up inaugural communication award for engaging the public with astrophysics

Advanced LIGO project, USA

Hunt for Einstein’s “elusive” gravitational waves begins

2 October 2015

University researchers begin their search for tiny ripples in space

Telescope

Observing the Universe from the classroom

1 October 2015

New funding for University outreach project gives thousands of Welsh school children access to global high-tech telescope network.

Galaxy

Unraveling the history of galaxies

27 August 2015

Cardiff University experts provide first direct evidence of galaxy ‘metamorphosis’

Rosetta ston

Rosetta mission uncovered at Museum

20 August 2015

Senior Science Adviser at European Space Agency discusses ‘most exciting space exploration mission in decades’