Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University College Cork.

The Department of Physics is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic centres of scientific development with a focus on excellence in both education and research, and a particularly strong track record in PhD education.

The strength of our undergraduate degree programmes in both physics and astrophysics attracts a large cohort of talented students to study physics at UCC. Our research strength also attracts many international post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to our department, making it a large, cosmopolitan place for the advancement of science.

The Department of Physics plays an important strategic role in the region through its extensive interactions with industry both nationally and internationally.



SFSB Conference



The SFSB conference celebrated the sixtieth birthday of Stephen Fahy. Professor Fahy joined the University College Cork Physics Department in 1993, following positions at the University of Michigan and Bell Labs. He completed his PhD in 1987 in the Physics Department at University of California, Berkeley supervised by Professor Steven Louie.

Prof. Fahy has made numerous contributions to condensed matter physics across topics including semiconductor transport, scattering theory, materials under ultrafast excitation, and quantum Monte Carlo calculations.

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Prof. Pat O’Shea, Prof. Mairéad Murnane, Prof. John McInerney and Prof. Stephen Fahy at the SFSB Conference 2018

NiallFest2018 celebrating the work of Niall O’Murchadha (UCC Physics).


Niall with Kip Thorne Nobel laureate in Physics

Participants enjoying the sunshine in UCC at NiallFest2018

UCC invests in atmospheric monitoring station



Physics News

Famous freak wave recreated in laboratory mirrors Hokusai's 'Great Wave'
Posted on January 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

A team of researchers based at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have recreated for the […]

Toward ultrafast spintronics
Posted on January 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Electronics have advanced through continuous improvements in microprocessor technology since the […]

2-D magnetism reaches a new milestone
Posted on January 21, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Researchers at the Center for Correlated Electron Systems, within the Institute for Basic Science […]

Researchers capture an image of negative capacitance in action
Posted on January 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm

For the first time ever, an international team of researchers imaged the microscopic state of […]