Our Research

The School of Physics is recognised nationally and internationally for its cutting-edge and diverse research portfolio, both in breadth and depth. The School has not only built and expanded upon its established areas of research strength (e.g. astronomy, photonics, particle physics), but has responded to emerging and rapidly evolving research areas worldwide (e.g. quantum science, nanoscience, biomedical physics).

Research Themes

The School's research programs can be categorised into the themes below. They overlap significantly and bridge many conventional boundaries, often including strong links to commercial and industry partners.

The breadth and depth of our research is further reflected in our leadership and participation in Centres of Research Excellence, funded by nationally competitive schemes.

Astronomical and Space Science

Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics

Biological, Biomedical and
Medical Physics


Condensed Matter Physics

Data Science and Complex Systems


Particle Physics

Photonics and Optical Science


Physics Education

Quantum Physics and
Quantum Information






National Centres of Research Excellence

The School is home to six Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence (ARC CoE) and one National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence (NHMRC CRE) and two Cooperative Research Centres (CRC). Collaborating scientists from multiple areas and institutions participate in these Centres:

Sydney Headquarters:
CAASTRO - Centre for All-Sky Astrophysics (ARC CoE)

CUDOS - Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (ARC CoE)

CIRUS: Center for Integrated Research and Understanding of Sleep (NHMRC CRE)

Sydney Nodes:
CoEPP – Centre for Particle Physics at the Terascale (ARC CoE)

CQC2T – Centre for Quantum Computer and Communications Technology (ARC CoE)

EQuS – Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (ARC CoE)

CIBF - Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (ARC CoE)

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC)
CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity

CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing