Physics addresses the most fundamental questions of existence, from the very nature of matter to the origin of the Universe, and from the cosmological to the sub-nuclear. Physics is also pivotal to shaping the technologies of the future.

Several Nobel Laureates carried out their pioneering research at the University of Bristol, including the discovery of the π meson and the theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems. Research in the school has underpinned fundamental advances in quantum mechanics.

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The school is home to the first helium liquefier of its kind it to be installed in a UK university; an impressive High Performance Computing Centre; a purpose-built centre for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and quantum information; and a video conferencing suite for joint lectures with partnership universities and institutes.