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Durham is one of the UK's leading centres for astronomical research with world-class groups working in a wide range of fields covering the observational, theoretical and instrumentation aspects of astronomy. There are 28 academic staff across the combined astronomy groups, with over 100 postdocs, postgraduate students and support and technical staff involved in astronomy research.

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Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

CfAI develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. A major research group in the department, it has approximately 70 staff and research students and is located across two sites, the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in Durham, and NETPark in Sedgefield.


Image of two people making notes alongside the large lab equipment at NETpark

Condensed Matter Physics

Materials Physics is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic fields in modern physics, encompassing all aspects of the solid and liquids states of matter. Our research spans a wide range of subjects, from light emitting polymers and solar cell materials to nanoscale magnetics, using experiments, theory and computation.

Wolfson Nanotechnology Lab equipment, description needed


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Rochester building entrance

Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology

We are a leading international centre for research in particle physics phenomenology - the bridge between theory and experiment in the study of the tiny building blocks of all matter in the universe, and the fundamental forces that operate between them. IPPP is a joint venture between Durham University and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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Quantum Light and Matter

QLM encompasses several research groups sharing a common interest in the study of the quantum properties of atoms, molecules and solids and their interactions with light. Our work aims to advance our fundamental understanding of quantum light and matter, whilst exploring a broad range of applications in quantum science, metrology and quantum technologies.

Group of postgraduate students and staff from the Joint Quantum Centre, gathered outside the Rochester Building, stood inside our sundial feature in the pavement with their supervisor Robert Potvliege