School of Physics
The School of Physics, the largest in the country, engages in internationally competitive research within very diverse fields, some emerging and some established.
Research includes theoretical and experimental high energy physics, materials physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astronomy and astrophysics, high-throughput electronics, photonics, space propulsion, and physics education.
The School hosts three DST-NRF Chairs (SKA Chair in radio astronomy, SARChI Chair in fundamental physics and string theory, SARChI Chair in theoretical particle cosmology), is home to the Materials Physics Research Institute (MPRI) with significant experimental infrastructure, the Mandelstam Institute for Theoretical Physics, plays an important role in the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, and is the Gauteng node of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics.
In addition, the School has an active teaching programme that reaches close to 3000 students annually and an outreach programme that includes a Planetarium.
The High Energy Physics workshop continues to inspire young talent. The latest workshop included an overview of the exciting results coming from astrophysics and how future experiments can shed more light on these results.
Topics covered this year included high-energy theory, high-E astrophysics and phenomenology (heavy ions, pp, ep, ee collisions), and experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European laboratory CERN.
The world of Physics may be one of the most complex and abstract sciences to understand. Yet, it is the field of Physics that helps us to understand the world – in all its dimensions – in which we live.