Condensed Matter and Photonics is organised along scientific lines into three research groups:
- Hard Condensed Matter studies the physics of materials, including many electron systems, and the effects of extreme conditions.
- Soft Matter, Statistical Physics and Biophysics researches into colloids and statistical mechanics. As part of SUPA-2 a new theme was established in Physics and the Life Sciences (PALS), in which experimental work in biophysics is combined with simulation and modelling related to soft matter and statistical physics.
- Photonics studies photonic materials, lasers and their applications. Its work links to the PALS, photonics and energy themes in SUPA.