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School of Physics

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy

We are a highly prestigious department with 135 year history of nationally and internationally leading research and teaching.

Over 60 academic and academic related staff, 25 support and technical staff and 70 research students, combine with 500 undergraduates to form a lively community, as an integral part of an established research-focused university.

Find out more about the history of physics at Leeds.

Research focus

Better batteries
Lithium gel batteries offer and better and safer way to power consumer electronics. A new process developed at Leeds by Prof. Ian Ward and his team offers a new form of thin flexible battery, made of a polymer gel that simplifies battery structure and makes it easier – and cheaper – to manufacture.

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News and events

Undergraduate Open Days 

Come along to one of our open days on 13 September and 11 October and find out about our undergraduate courses.

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Explore. Choose. Grow 

Launching in September 2014 our Discovery Themes provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons.

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Imaging Skyrmions at low temperature

Skyrmions are topologically stable magnetic defects (~nanometres) formed by...

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Physics Graduation

Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates!

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Schools' Physicist of the Year Awards

The inaugural ceremony for the Ogden Trust Schools’ Physicist of the Year...

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