Organization profile

Organisation profile

Major investment in research excellence, targeted developments of recognised strengths and successful leadership of external collaborations have fostered an innovating and dynamic physics research community at Strathclyde. A strategic decision to concentrate critical mass in areas of research underpinned by optical sciences was implemented in 2002. Recognised strengths in computational optics, photonics, plasma physics, biomolecular physics, and widegap semiconductors led to a reorganisation of the Department into three complementary research divisions – Nanoscience, Optics, and Plasmas. Evidence of international standing in these targeted areas comes not only from high impact publications, leadership of national and international projects, and strong and sustained growth in research income, but also from highly effective knowledge transfer through industrial engagement and commercially significant outputs. Theory and experiment work together to enhance the pull-through of fundamental physics to applications, and underpin effective realisation of an expanding range of multidisciplinary initiatives.

Multi-million-pound extra-University collaborations, notably within the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and industry, and expanded intra-University collaborations have led to significant enhancements in our research portfolio. These have reinforced existing excellence and, at the same time, enabled us to make rapid impact in emerging multidisciplinary areas, such as nanometrology, complexity, quantum optics and laser-plasma based nuclear physics and ion acceleration.

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    Georgia Adam

    Person: Doctor of Philosophy

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    Milan Adelt

    Person: Doctor of Philosophy



    Research Output

    Acceptor state anchoring in gallium nitride

    Cameron, D., O'Donnell, K. P., Edwards, P. R., Peres, M., Lorenz, K., Kappers, M. J. & Boćkowski, M., 9 Mar 2020, In : Applied Physics Letters. 116, 10, 4 p., 102105.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    A closure study of ocean inherent optical properties using flow cytometry measurements

    Zhao, Y., Poulin, C., McKee, D., Hu, L., Agagliate, J., Yang, P. & Xiaodong, Z., 31 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. 241, p. 1-9 9 p., 106730.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    AEDGE: Atomic experiment for dark matter and gravity exploration in space

    AEDGE, El-Neaj, Y. A., Bingham, R. & Chattopadhyay, S., 4 Mar 2020, In : EPJ Quantum Technology. 7, 27 p., 6.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)


    1796 Freeland Chair of Natural Philosophy

    Gian-Luca Oppo (Recipient), 1 Jan 2015

    Prize: Appointment

  • 2016 PIER Fellowship

    Grace Manahan (Recipient), 24 Feb 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    11th International Particle Accelerator Conference

    Bernhard Hidding (Participant)
    10 May 202015 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

    2nd Workshop on Cathodoluminescence and Electron Beam Induced Current of Semiconductor Nanostructures

    Jochen Bruckbauer (Invited speaker)
    Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    SCAPA Management Executive Committee Meeting (Event)

    Mark Wiggins (Chair)
    3 Mar 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee



    Creation of a cluster of innovative laser companies in Glasgow serving global markets

    Erling Riis (Participant), Allister Ferguson (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce


    Electrons Make Waves

    Adrian Cross (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Other