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


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.

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.

Pure and Applied Physics

The Division of Pure and Applied Physics includes Complex Materials, Atmosphere Physics and Laser 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.

Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) - SFF

The principal goal of the center is to describe, characterize and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric signals in advanced nanoelectronics, conceptually different from those existing today. Our vision is to trigger a revolution in low-power information and communication technologies in an energy-efficient society.


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)