The physics department was established in
1903 and celebrated the centenary in 2003, making it one of the oldest Physics
Departments in South Africa. The researchers at the Physics department were
instrumental in the establishment of the Southern Universities Nuclear
Institute which lead to the establishment of iThemba LABS, as well as the
establishment of the National Laser Centre at the CSIR and the African Laser
Centre. The theoretical physics researchers were the driving force in the
establishment of the National Institute of Theoretical Physics.
The research groups have strong
international collaborative ties. Numerous extraordinary professors and other
researchers visit the department on a regular basis.
Our active research environment boasts a
high number of NRF rated researchers and a SARChI chair in ultrafast laser