Faculty of Science

School of Physics

A selection of current projects in the school is listed here.

We welcome you to discuss other research project ideas with us. To do this:
Domestic students can contact the Graduate Research Coordinator in the School or Centre in which you wish to undertake research.
International students can use our online enquiry form, which helps us match your research interests with a potential supervisor.

Detecting nanohertz gravitational waves using pulsar timing arrays
Pulsars are fast spinning neutron stars with exceptional rotational stability. By timing an array of the most stable pulsars, gravitational waves of nanohertz frequency can be detected. This project aims to search for gravitational waves from binaries of supermassive black holes using Australia’s Parkes Pulsar Timing Array data.
Detecting gravitational waves from coalescing binaries of neutron stars and black holes
Gravitational waves represent an entirely new window to listen to the Universe. We aim to make real-time detections of gravitational waves using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) data, allowing prompt follow up observations with conventional telescopes, and to understand the astrophysics of the gravitational wave sources.
Understanding the spatial changes in cancer during therapy using computation
Developing and optimizing cancer therapies involves examining the multitude of combinations of interventions that are available or being developed, and this cannot be achieved with traditional experimental methods. We wish to use computational modelling as a means to simulate the spatial changes in cancers resulting from interventions and, subsequently, to use that modelling to build an optimal intervention strategy.
Opto-mechanics for beating the quantum noise for gravitational wave detection
We use opto-mechanic interactions in various optical cavities to investigate schemes that can improve the gravitational wave detectors beyond the standard quantum limit.
Cold atom manipulation in optical lattices for clocks and fundamental physics
UWA is building a state-of-the-art atomic lattice clock as part of a ground station for the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES) mission. The mission is designed to explore various of aspects of fundamental physics; for example, the constancy of fundamental constants. The UWA ground station is the only one in the southern hemisphere and will be Australia’s first cold-atom optical clock.