Physics Groups

  • Quantum Theory (which describes interactions at small scales) and General Relativity (which describes gravity at large scales) - the two pillars of modern physics - are very successful in describing phenomena in their respective domains. However in regions like the very early universe, or black holes, where both theories are expected...
  • Discovery of Higgs boson has two notable implications. First, the current Standard Model of particle physics is not a wrong choice for low energy phenomenology. Second, other scalar particles may also exist which are required for various beyond Standard Model interactions among quantum fields. It naturally necessitates...
  • Recent advances in nanoscience, two-dimensional materials, photonics and the applications as well as our understanding of the physics of carbon-based materials open exciting opportunities for multi-disciplinary applied (chemical/biological sensors, optical-sources, photovoltaics) and fundamental physical research. Of particular...
  • Causal set theory is an attempt to reconcile General relativity with Quantum Theory. It is what is called a theory of quantum gravity. It assumes that the fundamental reality is not a smooth manifold but is rather a discrete structure called a causal set. Some wonderful results have already come out of the causal set idea. Although a...
  • Advances in semiconductor technology has made possible the fabrication of photonic structures and solid state emitters which exhibit quantum nature of light and matter. This has initiated the highly topical field of quantum technologies which deals with utilizing quantum mechanical effects for practical applications. Dr Ata Ulhaq's...
  • The theory of Quantum Mechanics has led to major technological developments in the science industry, and may yet lead to many more novel advancements in the field as well. However, before doing so, it is essential to understand the dynamics of realistic open quantum systems, i.e. systems that interact uncontrollably with the...
  • Surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves are guided by an interface of a metal and a dielectric material. Due to the localisation of SPP waves to the interface, they are important in solar cells, chemical sensors, and plasmonic communication. Dr. Faryad has extensive experience in the study of SPP waves that are guided by interfaces of...
  • In Dr. Sabieh Anwar’s multi-disciplinary research group, the aim is to explore the fundamental properties of materials, especially at the nanoscale, and their interaction with external radiation such as light or electromagnetic radiation. Some aspects of this research also bear societal implications. For example, the group is...