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School of Physics and Astronomy

Research highlights

Here you can find out about the research we do in the School of Physics and Astronomy, presented in an accessible form suitable for non-specialists. In addition to this we have a number of videos on our YouTube channel, and a series of articles written by SPA researchers for the magazine Plus.

Developing optical amplifiers  — reducing the cost of long-range communication

Hunting for planets beyond the Solar System — the search for other worlds, and maybe signs of life

Monitoring space radiation — how much radiation damage do astronauts really suffer in space?

Developing a quantum theory of gravity — can 'M-theory' fully explain the universe?

Listening to the music of space — a massive magnetic instrument that we live in

Upgrading the largest particle accelerator — what other building blocks of the universe might we find?