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.

At the Department of Physics 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.

Divisions and Research Groups


Applied Physics

The 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

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

The 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

The 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

The 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.

University Didactics

The Division of University Didactics deals with the theories and practical applications of teaching and learning of science and technology at the university level. The goal is to enhance continual improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.



Catharina de Lange Davies. Photo

Catharina Davies

Deputy of Research



ERC Advanced Grant

Arne Brataas, Professor, Division of Theoretical Physics, Condensed matter physics theory, Magnetization dynamics

Project: Insulatronics, European Research Council (ERC)

Prestigious grant to Physics Professor Arne Brataas (blogpost)