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School of Physics

Driving world-changing innovation through the fundamental science
With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, we conduct research across a vast range of interests from quantum science to clusters of galaxies.

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, we were the only physical sciences school in Australia to receive a perfect score in all eight categories, and achieved a top score of five in every category.

Our research expertise and our facilities offer a wide range of expertise to industry in diverse areas such as:

  • projects involving mathematical analysis of a system
  • optical system evaluation and design
  • optical coatings
  • microscopic imaging
  • image processing and visualisation
  • environmental testing, such as levels of electromagnetic radiation
  • energy efficiency and solar energy usage
  • evacuated glazing
  • computer control

Explore our industry partnerships and how we can help.

Our people

Professor Tara Murphy
Head of School  

Shima Baradaran Vahdat
School Manager

Associate Professor Archil Kobakhidze
Associate Head of Research

Associate Professor Tristram Alexander
Associate Head of Education

Associate Professor Helen Johnston
1st Year Coordinator

Associate Professor Bruce Yabsley
Honours Coordinator

Dr Svetlana Postnova
Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator

Professor Kevin Varvell
Associate Head of Research Education - Postgraduate Candidature Coordination.

Head of School

Tara Murphy
Professor Tara Murphy
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School of Physics

  • Room 216 Physics A28

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