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

  • New class of light wave discovered by CUDOS

    CUDOS logo

    Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) have discovered a new class of light wave, as published in Nature Communications.

  • Global nitrogen footprint mapped for first time

    Integrated Sustainability Analysis

    The Integrated Sustainability Analysis team in the School of Physics has found the US, China, India and Brazil are responsible for 46% of the world's nitrogen emissions.

  • SPIE Micro + Nano Conference

    ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)

    The ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) hosted the first 'nano' conference at the new Sydney Nanoscience Hub in December.