Research at the Department of Physics

Student Lise Ramlet Østli and PhD candidate Federico Mazzola examines samples in their research on the super-material graphene. Photo: Per Henning/NTNU

In today's technological society, the development and proper use of materials is important, and a very significant research area is the physics of materials.

We study superconductivity, inner structures and surface characteristics. Nanotechnology is central to several of these disciplines. In biophysics we address the study of biological molecules and in medical technology we use microscope techniques in the study of drug paths to diseased body cells. In environmental physics, we study the impact of atmospheric conditions on ultraviolet radiation at the earth surface, and work is done to develop improved solar cells.

Research Divisions

Applied physics

Division of Applied physics consists of several research groups carrying out research within the fields of applied optics, electron and ion physics, energy, atmospheric and environmental physics, laser physics as well as physics education.

Biophysics and medical technology

Division of Biophysics and medical technology at NTNU consists of two research groups, Biological Polymers and Bionanotechnology and Medical physics and technology. Biophysics is an interdisciplinary branch of science where methods and theories from physics are applied to study biological systems. We study biological systems on the length scale from single molecules, to bacteria and cells, and to tissue and whole organisms.

Complex materials

Division of Complex materials study the physics of soft and complex matter, i.e. composite or non-composite materials with easily deformable nano-, mesostructures by application of external fields.

Condensed matter physics

Division of Condensed matter physics deals with material science. The research is focused on nanoscale structure studies and connection to macroscopic physical properties. Activities include topics both in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics.

Theoretical physics

Division of Theoretical physics deals with condensed matter theory and astroparticle physics. We study how physics may be described through theory and mathematical models with a strong connection toward experimental activity.

Research Projects

Active participation in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is a priority for the Department of Physics. Partnering with leading academics in European projects strengthens the quality and relevance of our research.

EU projects - Horizon 2020 and 7th framework programme (FP7)
InSpin Insulator Spintronics. FP7-ICT (2014-2017) Arne Brataas
Insulatronics Controlling Electric Signals with Insulating Antiferromagnets and Insulating Ferromagnets. Horizon 2020 (2005-2020) Arne Brataas
e-Gnosis e-Gnosis: a novel platform technology for quantitative mobile diagnostics. FP7-PEOPLE (2014-2016) Pawel Sikorski
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Centres and projects

Centre for Molecular Imaging at NT (MINT)

TEM Gemini Centre and The Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM)

Norwegian Centre for X-ray Diffraction, Scattering and Imaging (RECX)

New materials for next generation solar cells (WP4), Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell Technology (FME)


Infrastructure at the Department of Physics

Infrastructure at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Research results