Our laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment, allowing you to pursue a wide range of experimental interests throughout your degree. As a taster, in your first year, you will find yourself using a CCD spectrometer for quantum mechanics, or perhaps using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to follow and then compute the orbital tracks of satellites over the Earth. The laboratories are designed to gradually develop your experimental skills, preparing you for independent experimental investigations for either projects, which occur in all years, or for your career.
If you are interested in astronomy, we have probably the best equipped teaching observatory in the UK. This computer controlled telescope was designed and developed by Dr. K H Elliott (Astrophysics Research Group) who was awarded the prestigious Electric Nuclear Prize for innovations in experimental physics. This highlights the staffs’ strong commitment to developing the experimental physics laboratories.
Over the last few years, staff have developed specialist laboratories and experiments for our theory, astrophysics, space research, particle physics, and medical physics programmes. This is part of our continuing development to all our physics laboratories.