The research portfolio of the School of Physics is divided into six broad areas — Astronomy, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Applied Physics, with a spectrum in each area from experiment to theory.

Our policy is to combine breadth with excellence and so create an exciting and dynamic environment in which research can flourish.

We are at the heart of a large number of collaborations with other research institutes in the UK and overseas, and with many industrial partners both large and small.

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  • Active interfaces, a universal approach 

    Cagnetta, Francesco (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    This thesis proposes and characterises a stochastic model of an active interface within the framework of statistical mechanics. Statistical methods have indeed proven successful in probing the dynamics of kinetically ...
  • Computer simulations of chromatin structures at nucleosome resolution 

    Wiese, Oliver Simon (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    In this thesis, I present the results from my research into the properties and organisation of chromatin structures at a nucleosome resolution. Nucleosomes, a secondary structure of DNA, are essential to the compaction and ...
  • Structure and dynamics of filled liquid crystals 

    Katyan, Navneeta (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    In the formulation world, rheological properties like flow behavior and viscoelastic response determine the quality of the product. For the first time, we explore and explain the dynamic response of filled nematic thermotropic ...
  • Microscopic study of the freeze-thaw stability of particle-stabilised emulsions 

    Dickinson, Katy Louise (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    Particle-stabilised, or Pickering, emulsions are widely used in the food and personal care industries and are present in common household products such as homogenised milk and food spreads. Pickering stabilisation has also ...
  • Structure and mechanical properties of model colloids at liquid interfaces 

    Mears, Rudi (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    Colloidal particles adsorbed to liquid interfaces appear in a broad range of industries such as foods, mining and oil recovery. Yet our understanding of such systems remains incomplete. This thesis aims to characterise a ...
  • Simulations of dynamics and motility in active fluids 

    Azevedo Da Luz Fialho, Ana Regina; Fialho, Ana Regina (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    Active fluids are ubiquitous in nature, spanning both microscopic and macroscopic length scales. They belong to an interesting new class of nonequilibrium systems in physics. In contrast with externally driven materials, ...
  • Friction and the flow of concentrated suspensions 

    Richards, James Alexander (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    Suspensions are ubiquitous in industrial processing, yet fundamental understanding of how they flow remains limited. Recent progress on shear-thickening suspensions of non-Brownian particles establishes the importance of ...
  • Framework for testing the fundamental principles in gravitation and cosmology 

    Arai, Shun (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-25)
    In this thesis, we consider how in practice fundamental principles can be constrained by cosmological surveys, mainly by considering popular modifications of Einstein’s general relativity. We specifically investigate (1) ...
  • Cosmic shear analysis from theory to data 

    Asgari, Marika (The University of Edinburgh, 2016-06-29)
    One of the most important challenges in cosmology today is understanding the dark matter and dark energy which composite together 95% of the cosmic energy density of the Universe. Weak gravitational lensing by large scale ...
  • Broad emission line variability in active galactic nuclei on long timescales 

    Homan, David Sebastiaan (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-23)
    Active Galactic Nuclei are among the most powerful sources of radiation in the Universe and are known to show variability across the EM spectrum. This thesis will focus on the variability in the optical and UV range, ...
  • Lattice QCD calculation of beyond the standard model kaon mixing at the physical point 

    Kettle, Julia Rachael (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-23)
    This thesis presents beyond the standard (BSM) model kaon mixing results calculated on the lattice with simulations at the physical light quark mass. These results were calculated using RBC-UKQCD 2+1 flavour domain wall ...
  • Crystal structures and phase transitions of bismuth-tellurides under high pressure 

    Freeman, Kenneth Nicol (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-23)
    Bismuth-tellurides are binary compounds of bismuth (Bi) and tellurium (Te) which form an infinitely adaptive series, (Bi2)m(Bi2Te3)n, within certain compositional limits. Members of this series exhibit a number of ...
  • Nonequilibrium steady states from a random-walk perspective 

    Wood, Anthony James (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-16)
    It is well known that at thermal equilibrium (whereby a system has settled into a steady state with no energy or mass being exchanged with the environment), the microstates of a system are exponentially weighted by their ...
  • Mapping galaxy evolution at multiple wavelengths and cosmic epochs 

    Cochrane, Rachel K. (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-12)
    Some of the most fundamental measurements we can make of the Universe are where and when stars formed in galaxies. In recent years, astronomers have converged on a picture in which the star formation rate density of the ...
  • Tidal evolution of dwarf spheroidal galaxies and dark matter subhalos 

    Errani, Raphaël (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-07)
    Understanding the distribution of dark matter (DM) on galactic scales is at the root of constraining the nature of DM and processes of galaxy formation like baryonic feedback. Dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSphs), lying at ...
  • Impact of Baryonic astrophysics and intrinsic alignments on dark energy and neutrino constraints in cosmology 

    Copeland, David Nicholas (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-09)
    In the early 2020s, cosmology will enter an era of unprecedented precision when the next generation of large scale structure surveys begin receiving data. As a result, it is expected that stronger constraints on major ...
  • Determining the weak couplings |Vub| = |Vb| using semileptonic decays 

    Smith, Iwan Thomas (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-26)
    This thesis will present the first observation of the decay B s 0 →K − μ + ν μ and the determination of |V ub |/|V cb |. Using 2 fb −1 of data with a centre of mass energy √s = 8 TeV provided by the Large Hadron Collider ...
  • Evaluation-efficient multidimensional numerical integration 

    Tumolo, Greg Anthony (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-26)
    Pre-existing methods for multidimensional numerical integration tend to use many more evaluations of the integrand than necessary. That is, pre-existing methods are evaluation inefficient. In some applications of ...
  • Non-linear universe: the role of simulations, theory & machine learning in weak lensing cosmology 

    Giblin, Benjamin Martin (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-26)
    The coherent distortions in the observed shapes of distant galaxies, a consequence of the spacetime curvature induced by the intervening large-scale structure of the Universe, is an abundant reservoir of cosmological ...
  • Bacterial confinement in micro fluidic micro-environments 

    Taylor, Daniel (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-26)
    Microfluidic droplet systems have shown great promise in the study of biological systems. In this thesis I explore the application of a microfluidic droplet system to the study of small bacterial populations and their ...

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