Alex Murphy

Professor of Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics


I work in the Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics groups at the University of Edinburgh. Here you’ll be able to find out a bit more about the various things I do. These include teaching large undergraduate courses on modern physics and relativity, working in a mine to search for the Dark Matter that is thought to make up the vast majority of the matter in the Universe, and leading experiments at particle accelerators to learn about the physics of stellar explosions.

It’s exciting stuff, and each day brings a new challenge.


Welcome to my world!

I’m lucky enough to work with some great people and great equipment. In the middle picture above is the PMT array of the ZEPLIN-III direct search dark matter instrument. To the right is are four sectors of LEDA detectors ready for a nuclear astrophysics experiment at TRIUMF in Canada.


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