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The Department of Physics consists of a highly active education and research team, that together with other departments at UL, offer degrees in Applied Physics, Physical Science Education, and most recently Energy. The department has a significant research profile and its faculty include internationally recognised researchers. Over the last decade, it has attracted several millions of euro in research funding, and it has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. In terms of research areas, the main strength of the department is in the physics of condensed matter and its applications, with special emphasis on nanoscience, and energy.

The department offers the BSc and MSc programmes in Applied Physics which have a particular emphasis on nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanomaterials. Science and engineering, require applied physicists capable of understanding and manipulating matter on the nanometre even atomic scale to advance a broad range of applications from communications to medicine. We provide in Applied Physics a core experimental physics training, but we also emphasise practical applications and innovation, and have an orientation towards modern industrial practice in the high-technology sector. A key factor in Applied Physics is the flexibility and freedom it allows its graduates in choosing a career.

The Department of Physics is also pleased to announce the new BSc in Energy (to start in Autumn 2009) which will provide students with the scientific and technical expertise to help address the greatest challenges of the 21st century: energy sustainability, energy control and climate change. The aim of the new BSc in Energy is to meet current and anticipated demand for graduates in energy science by providing an interdisciplinary training for careers in energy provision, energy control, energy research, building services, energy planning, energy consultancy, energy assessment, and energy and carbon trading services.

For more information visit the Department of Physics homepage

Recent Submissions

  • Pita, Isabel; Hendaoui, Nordine; Liu, Ning; Kumbham, Mahendar; Tofail, Syed A.M.; Peremans, André; Silien, Christophe (Optical Society of America, 2013)
    Although confocal infrared (IR) absorption micro-spectroscopy is well established for far-field chemical imaging, its scope remains restricted since diffraction limits the spatial resolution to values a little above half ...
  • Silien, Christophe; Liu, Ning; Hendaoui, Nordine; Tofail, Syed A.M.; Peremans, André (Optical Society of America, 2012)
    A framework is proposed for infrared (IR) absorption microscopy in the far-field with a spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. The sub-diffraction resolution is achieved by pumping a transient contrast in the ...
  • Hudson, Sarah; Tanner, D.A; Redington, W; Magner, Edmond; Hodnett, Benjamin K; Nakahara, S (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2006)
    TEM analysis of mesoporous materials is generally undertaken to give qualitative results. Accurate quantitative analysis is demonstrated in this study. A systematic image analysis of a powder form of a hexagonal mesoporous ...
  • Nakahara, S; Tanner, D.A; Khan, A.K; Robinson, J.S (Maney Publishing, 2011)
    A TEM study has revealed, for the first time, the presence of small (similar to 3 nm in diameter) voids attached to T(1) (Al(2)CuLi) precipitates present in an artificially aged Al-Cu-Li alloy (Al-2.90Cu-1.63Li-0.29Mg-0. ...
  • Sina, Soltanmohammad (Univesity of Limerick, 2013)
    In this thesis, we study the influence of a buffer layer (Ta, Cr, W, Ti) on the structure formation, crystallographic orientation, resistivity and magnetic properties of NiFe alloy in the form of bilayer and multilayer ...