Interdisciplinary research projects

We strongly support interdisciplinary research, with scientists from across the School addressing problems in areas such as the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences and music.

Research projects

Our diverse range of interdisciplinary research activity includes:

Musical Acoustics

There has long been an interest in the physics behind music and we have a strong collaborative relationship with the School of Music. This continues today in the research of the Musical Acoustics Group.


Some of our researchers in the Condensed Matter and Photonics group work at the interface between physics and the life-sciences. They apply Raman and Coherent Raman microscopy and nanoscopy to the study of biomolecules and research the use of label-free optical biosensors using microcavities.

Submillimetre hyper-spectral sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere

Astrophysicists in our Astronomy Instrumentation Group are working with scientists at the UK’s Met Office to apply their technology to meteorological observations.

Characterisation of assembly mechanisms and light transfer in the cornea

We have academic staff collaborating with colleagues in the School of Optometry, applying physics techniques to elucidate the arrangement and chemistry of the collagen fibrils of the cornea.

Geophysics applications of spatial analysis

Working with the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, researchers in the Star and Planet Formation research unit have used techniques developed for the analysis of clustering of newly formed stars to measure the distribution of gas eruption sites on the sea bed off California and in the Nile Delta.