Head of Department: Professor David Aschman
The Department is accommodated in the R.W. James Building, which houses research laboratories equipped for nuclear physics, X-ray stress determination, and positron beam physics. Additional facilities available to the Department are provided within the building by the Electron Microscope Unit (Scanning Electron Microscope and Transmission Electron Microscope), and at iThemba LABS (200 MeV cyclotron; and a 5 MeV Van de Graaff accelerator used for ion beam analysis, including a nuclear microprobe, high resolution X-ray diffraction).
Ongoing research activities include:
Experimental Nuclear Physics at the iThemba LABS, cyclotron (high spin states, neutron detection), at CERN-ALICE (heavy ion experiment, GRID data processing).
Theoretical Physics: Heavy-ion physics, finite-temperature field theory, elementary particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear physics.
Solid State Physics: Thin films, positron annihilation spectrometry, X-ray diffraction.
Applied Physics: Positron emission, particle tracking,Computational Physics.