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Computational Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members. 

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we look at computational physics, which is broadly defined as the science of using computers to:

  • support physics research
  • help find solutions to physical problems

Computers have a role in almost every branch of physics. Areas in the scope of computational physics include:

  • large-scale quantum mechanical calculations in nuclear, atomic, molecular and condensed matter physics
  • large-scale calculations in fields like hydrodynamics, astrophysics, plasma physics, meteorology and geophysics
  • simulation and modelling of complex physical systems like those in condensed matter physics, medical physics and industrial applications
  • experimental data processing and image processing
  • computer algebra in development and applications
  • online interactions between physicist and the computer system
  • encouragement of professional expertise in computational physics in schools and universities

Computational physics

The huge increase in the power of computers has made an impact on the role of computational physics. In some cases, entire problems can now be solved computationally without the need for any experimental input.

Computer graphics and visualisation play an important role in the scientific process. They can provide a greater understanding of physical processes. There have been advances in:

  • microelectronics
  • computer science
  • numerical analysis

These all impact on computational physics.

What the group does

It is important that practitioners of the subject are aware of developments in these fields.

Our membership is currently about 1,150. Members include those working in:

  • industry
  • academic institutions
  • government research organisations

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Group prize

Annual PhD Thesis Prize

This award is for significant contributions to the advancement of computational physics

Find out more about the Annual PhD Thesis Prize.

Our group prize contact is Dr Tyler Shendruk MInstP: [email protected].

Group events

Find events for the Computational Physics Group


Our newsletter produced at least once a year includes events, news of group activities, announcements of meetings and exciting applications of computational physics.

Contribute to the newsletter

Email: [email protected].

Useful links


Read more on the blog of the Computational Physics Group of the Institute of Physics.

Committee and contacts

ChairDr James Uhomoibhi, CPhys MInstP
SecretaryDr Bart Vorselaars, MInstP
TreasurerDr Oisin Creaner, MInstP 
Ordinary MemberDr Alan Dawes, CPhys MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Nikolaos Fytas, MInstP
Ordinary MemberMr Rohit Goswami, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Janusz Holender, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Richard Hugtenburg, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Mateusz Malenta, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Laura Ratcliff, MInstP
Ordinary MemberDr Liam Wright, MInstP
Ordinary MemberProfessor Gang Zhang, FInstP

Email: [email protected]