The research within the Department includes projects of both a fundamental and an applied nature.
In terms of research areas, the main strength of the department is in the area of physics in condensed matter and its applications. Faculty are also members of other research centres and a number of our faculty are the founding members of the Materials and Surface Science instutute (MSSi).
The areas of semiconductors, copper metallization, advance nano materials, magnetics, and thin film science and technology. Other interests include complex systems, physics education, medical instrumentation and renewable energy sources.
XPS provides information about the elemental and chemical composition of a surface.
X-ray diffraction is used to investigate the structural characteristics of a given material.
Lake Shore Vibrating Sample Magnetometers Model 7410, capable of characterizing a variety of particulate and continuous magnetic media materials.
MSSI’s Agilent 5500 is a research grade atomic force microscope (AFM) that can accommodate samples of all sizes due to its “top-down” design in which the scanner and tip are mounted above the sample.
Computational programmes are used to generate and present material data including thermo-mechanical properties, atomic bonding and bond geometries, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, electronic properties, and a variety of other physical and chemical properties.