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Experimental Physics - Research

Course overview

Research activities within the School of Physics are organised within the following three clusters - Centre for Photonics and Imaging, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Cluster, Centre for Astronomy:

Centre for Photonics and Imaging:

Lasers (‌NCLA), Applied Optics, Medical Physics & Tissue Optics (TOMI)

Research interests in Applied Optics and Imaging Science, Laser microfabrication and device development, Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging, Medical Imaging & Modelling.

Atmospheric & Environmental Physics Research Cluster - Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)

Investigating physical and chemical properties of aerosols and gaseous species in the marine coastal environment and their ultimate role in climate change

Centre for Astronomy (CfA)

Research interests in ‌Astronomy, Astronomical Instrumentation and Computational Astrophysics.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enter on a programme of research for the degree of MSc you must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 or equivalent international qualification) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.


GYT21 PhD (Experimental Physics) full-time
GYT22 PhD (Experimental Physics) part-time
GYT23 MSc (Experimental Physics) full-time
GYT24 MSc (Experimental Physics) part-time

Further enquiries

Dr Nicholas Devaney
T 353 91 495188

Research areas

Areas of interest
Atmospheric aerosols, gas-aerosol interactions, and exchanges at the air-sea interface.

Upper Ocean Physics and Air-Sea Exchange.

Measurement and/or modeling of indoor air pollution in domestic and occupational settings.

Occupational health and occupational hygiene.

Applied/adaptive optics in vision science, imaging, lasers, and astronomical instrumentation.


Medical imaging and radiation physics.

Investigation/modeling of laser-material interactions and laser micro-fabrication.

Nanoparticle production and nanoparticle-based biosensing platforms.

Very high energy gamma-ray astronomy.

Optical and Infrared Astronomy at high angular and time

Multi-wavelength pulsar observations and high-time resolution astrophysics.

Star and planet formation.

Modelling of astrophysical plasmas.

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