Physics is the science that deals at the most fundamental level with matter and energy, their interactions, and their transformation. It presents major challenges to the human mind and provides the foundation for engineering and other sciences.
The mission of the Department is captured by the triangle of teaching, research, and innovation.
“By pursing research at the frontier of knowledge and innovation at the cutting edge of technology, the ultimate goal of the physics faculty is to preserve and nurture a sense of wonder about the natural world, and to impart it to the students as a driving motivation for learning.”
The Department of Physics offers rigorous and competitive undergraduate
programs in physics. Currently, we have over 180 undergraduate students and over 175 postgraduate students. 16 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze medalists of IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) and APhO (Asian Physics Olympiad) from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macao, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia had joined our department since 2013.
The Department has 38 full-time faculty members (21 experimentalists and 17 theoristis) with significant expertise in the areas of Cold Atoms, Optics and Quantum Information, Condensed Matter Experiments and Advanced Materials, Condensed Matter Theory, Statistical and Computational Physics, Particle Physics and Cosmology, Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Wave Functional Materials and Physics. Among our faculty members, 13 of them are Fellows of American Physics Society and one of them is Nobel laureate, Professor George F Smoot, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006
, and the other is Professor Kam-Biu Luk who won the Breakthrough Prize in 2016
The Department has a large collection of the state-of-the-art research equipment for laser physics, photonics, quantum materials and physics, surface/interface studies, solid state properties, polymers and liquid crystals, nanostructured layers and clusters, and nonlinear dynamics. A number of central service facilities and interdisciplinary research institutes provide support for the Department's research programs. Particularly relevant are the Materials Characterisation and Preparation Facility (MCPF)
and the Nanosystem Fabrication Facility (NFF)
. Our faculty works on focused topic and interdisciplinary research through several research institutes and centers