Understanding physics in business
Businesses underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of physics.
Physics is central to the economies of the UK and Ireland. Whether through the application of novel research and technologies, or through the skills and abilities of physics-trained workers, physics drives businesses and innovation. The IOP works to promote, characterise and understand the roles that physics knowledge and expertise play in driving economic growth and commercial success.
Physics is a driver of innovation, the results of which can be seen in all areas of industry. Technologies such as the laser, found in numerous industrial and commercial sectors, have their roots in physics research and development. Cutting-edge research – based in the UK – has produced new materials like graphene, which is now being utilised in corporate R&D labs around the world, and physics-trained people are at the heart of a diverse range of sectors, including the financial and computer games industries.