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Astronomy Instrumentation

Astronomy Instrumentation is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Physics and Astronomy

The wide range of expertise within the School of Physics and Astronomy enables the School to offer a variety of opportunities for higher degrees by research.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Programme

Data mining at the South Galactic Pole

Automated methods of extracting the properties of millions of galaxies from survey data and identifying new classes of rare objects.


Machine learning to extract gravitatonal wave transients

Identifying astrophysical gravitational wave transients from events such as supernovae.


Machine learning to maximise the impact of ALMA

Development of new, automated methods for identifying sources in data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).


Extracting weak Gravitional Wave events

Use of machine learning techniques to identify and classify weak gravitational wave events in data from the LIGO and Virgo detectors.


Searching for Cosmic Anomalies

This project will involve developing, testing and applying innovative statistical analysis techniques to real and simulated data sets.


Tunable THz laser source

A fully tunable and efficient source of THz radiation is required for a large number of security and medical applications.


Perovskite Photonics

This project will develop an approach to synthesize/fabricate perovskite nanostructures with control on their size (at the nanometre scale), shape and position using a technique known as ‘atomic-layer-deposition’


Majorana Fermions

Through electrical study this project will explore state-of-the-art Indium Antimonide (InSb) based quantum well heterostructures that have the largest SOC of all the compound semiconductors, and investigate MZM formation at the interface with superconducting material.


InSb Quantum Electronics

This project will be investigating the technology for an electric field controlled, spin-based qubit made from indium antimonide (InSb) and half metallic alloys.


Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems

A key part of the vision of the Internet of Things is the large number of autonomous sensors relaying information back through the web.


Revealing Astronomical and Archaeological Information from Satellite Imaging Data (AA - Reveal)

The proposed project is to look at the further development of the astronomical software and to particularly consider its application to archaeological surveys.


Automated Searches for Ultra-Diffuse Emission from Stars

We are particularly interested in the fraction of stars that lie outside of easily recognised galactic structures as a means of tracing the assembly history of dark matter haloes of various masses.


Single crystal analysis of frustrated magnetic systems, using the world's leading powder diffraction instrument

This project would extend the use of WISH to cover robust single crystal analysis of diffuse scattering and weak Bragg peak data with in-situ measurements to extend our fundamental understanding of frustrated magnetic systems.


Topologically protected domain walls in cylindrical magnetic nanowires

Topological protection is an excellent means to maintain the integrity of information within next generation data storage devices


Electrical conductivity modelling in electro/magnetoencephalography (E/MEG)

Electro/magnetoencephalography (E/MEG) are techniques that consist in measuring the electric potential/magnetic field originating from the brain using non-invasive sensors.


Nanostructured Compound Semiconductor Solar Cells

This project aims to demonstrate this much-needed product to fill-in the gap in the current solar cell market.


Advanced numerical methods for solving the forward problem in EEG

Electroencephalography (EEG) is a technique that measures the electric potential originating from the brain using electrodes located on the scalp.


Exciton-phonon-photon dynamics and coherent coupling of quantum dots embedded in photonic cavities

This project aims to study theoretically the coherent dynamics of optical excitations (excitons) in single and multiple semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) strongly coupled to photonic cavities.


Controlled coherent coupling of single quantum dots in photonic crystal cavity networks

Technological advances in light detectors and microscopy techniques during the last decade have allowed the investigation of the emission properties of individual localized light emitters.


Quantum coherence and carrier dynamics in colloidal nanostructures from dots to 1D and 2D materials

Colloidal nanostructures such as semiconductor quantum dots are relatively simple to manufacture, widely tuneable in shape and size and can be made of a large range of materials.


Resonant state expansion for optical biosensing, fibre optics and mode control in microlasers

The resonant state expansion (RSE) is a new powerful theoretical method in electrodynamics and wave optics, recently invented in Cardiff.


Assessing the health of ageing blood vessels in the brain using fMRI: experimental design, modelling and analysis

In an ageing population, neurological problems related to control of brain blood flow are increasing, generating an unsustainable socioeconomic burden.


FMRI signal models and computational simulations for assessing the health of ageing blood vessels in the brain

In this PhD project, you will be helping to develop methods that assess the health of the brain’s blood vessels to track deterioration with age and disease.


Magnetic nanostructures for low cost, low energy data storage and sensor applications

This PhD project explored the possibility to make useful technological devices from spin ice materials with magnetic charges flowing through them.