Research

One of our researchers

We are renowned for the quality of our research and for its impact across industry, society and the economy.

Our research groups are working at the very cutting edge of research whether it be gravitational waves, compound semiconductor technology or brain imaging.

We work with the:

  • worldwide research group on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) which first detected gravitational waves in 2016
  • new £44 million Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) which brings together world-leading expertise in brain mapping with the very latest in brain imaging and stimulation
  • Institute of Compound Semiconductors which forms part of the University's new £300 million research and innovation campus.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) we were ranked 6th among UK universities for the quality of our research and 99% of the research we submitted was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ - the highest score for any UK Physics department.

We have seen substantial research funding and investment in infrastructure including a low energy electron microscopy suite and facilities to grow and characterise diamond, including nano-diamond, as well as the recent investment in new compound semiconductor technology facilities.