The School of the Physical Sciences is one of six Schools making up the academic work of the University. It covers Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Mathematics and Physics. The School’s aim is to contribute to our understanding of the physical world through excellence in observational, theoretical and experimental science and to extend quantitative, qualitative and combined methodologies to address problems in the fields of biology, technology, medicine, social science and the humanities. In pursuit of these goals, the School coordinates objectives in research, teaching, and infrastructure.

Find out more about the School of the Physical Sciences at http://www.physsci.cam.ac.uk/.

Sub-communities within this community

• Cambridge eScience Centre (CeSC)

Part of the Centre for Scientific Computing; aims to coordinate and maintain CamGrid, to enable new scientific advances by using novel computing paradigms, and to develop new generic Grid-based tools
• Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)

Carries out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics

• Department of Earth Sciences

Research across the whole spectrum of the Earth Sciences, including the areas of Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mineral Sciences, Petrology, Palaeontology, Vulcanism, Marine Sciences, and Palaeoceanography

• Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Includes research in the field of biomedical materials, in parallel with historically strong activities in the development of structural materials and processes, and of device materials

Recent Submissions

• Pressure gradients fail to predict diffusio-osmosis. ﻿

(IoP, 2018-04-25)
We present numerical simulations of diffusio-osmotic flow, i.e. the fluid flow generated by a concentration gradient along a solid-fluid interface. In our study, we compare a number of distinct approaches that have been ...
• The ecology of rape: the case of Stockholm, Sweden ﻿

The objective of this article is to report the results of an ecological study into the geography of rape in Stockholm, Sweden using small area data. In order to test the importance of factors indicating opportunity, ...
• Efficient Nonparametric Bayesian Inference For X-Ray Transforms ﻿

We consider the statistical inverse problem of recovering a function $f: M \to \mathbb R$, where $M$ is a smooth compact Riemannian manifold with boundary, from measurements of general $X$-ray transforms $I_a(f)$ of ...
• Unconventional Fermi surface in insulating SmB6 and superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+x probed by high magnetic fields ﻿

(2018-10-20)
Fermi surface, the locus in momentum space of gapless low-energy excitations, is a concept of fundamental importance in solid state physics. Electronic properties of a material are determined by the long-lived low-energy ...