Facilities

A student operating nanoscience research equipment in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The exciting research activity taking place across our School is made possible by a range of outstanding laboratories and technologies.

We have two class-1000 cleanrooms, which have extensive experimental and theoretical capability, including low-energy electron microscopy, ultrafast non-linear optical micro-spectroscopy, and device structure fabrication and testing. We also have access to Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) facilities at the Cardiff Diamond Foundry.

Our close relationship with the Institute for Compound Semiconductors means that some of our researchers share their facilities, including state-of-the-art equipment for the fabrication of compound semiconductors. The Institute will soon be moving into the brand-new, purpose-built Translational Research Facility as part of Cardiff University's £300 million Innovation Campus.

Researchers in our recently-established Brain Imaging Group benefit from access to Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), a £44 million facility that opened in 2016. Its impressive range of neuroimaging equipment has already led to world-leading research in other areas and will now help us to do the same in applying the principles of physics to the biological processes of the brain.

Our Gravitational Physics research group is part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project, and is a co-founder of the GEO600 Gravitational Wave Detector in Germany. These international collaborations have given our researchers access to some of the most advanced scientific equipment in the world; equipment which led to the groundbreaking first detection of gravitational waves in 2015.