School of Physics

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, Physics at the University of Sydney was the only physical sciences school in Australia to receive a score in all eight categories, and achieved a top score of five in every category.

Our 120 staff and 160 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research.

Latest News & Events

  • Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

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    Dr Björn Sturmberg and Professor Martijn de Sterke from the School of Physics collaborated with other Australian researchers on a breakthrough in infra-red technology that could make it cheap and easy-to-use.

  • Parenting and First Aid Room Now Open

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    The School of Physics has welcomed the opening of the Parenting/First Aid Room in the School of Physics Building (A28) in May.

  • Laser Solar Cells


    Researchers from IPOS in the School of Physics have proposed an innovative mechanism of harvesting solar energy more efficiently at lower costs than traditional photovoltaic (PV) cells.