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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.

Cardiff Diamond Foundry

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.

Institute for Compound Semiconductors

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 Hub as part of Cardiff University's £300 million Innovation Campus.

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre

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.

Gravity Exploration Institute

Our Gravity Exploration Institute 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 ground-breaking first detection of gravitational waves in 2015.

Investment in infrastructure

We have seen substantial research funding and investment in infrastructure including a new experimental gravitational wave laboratory, a diamond chemical vapour deposition system, a two-photon laser lithography installation (to create structures to observe magnetic monopoles), and infrastructure for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

New developments

Having occupied Cardiff University’s iconic Main Building since 1927, our School’s infrastructure will undergo a transformation in early 2022 when the Institute of Compound Semiconductors relocates into the nearby Translational Research Hub (TRH) building on the new £300M Innovation Campus.

The TRH will bring together researchers, co-housed in purpose designed laboratories to engender interdisciplinary research.

Translational Research Facility building
Translational Research Facility building