Department of Physics


Researchers examine samples in their research on the super-material graphene. Photo

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 work on material science, nanotechnology, optics, astrophysics, atmosphere physics, solar energy, biophysics and medical technology.


Research sections and groups

Sections and research groups

Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics

The Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics section 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.

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.

Interdisciplinary Physics

Interdisciplinary Physics includes three research groups: Atmosphere Physics, Laser Physics and Soft and Complex Matter.

Materials Physics

The Materials Physics section 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.

Porous Media Physics

The Porous Media Physics section includes two research groups: PoreLab and X-ray physics.

QuSpin - Center for Quantum Spintronics (SFF/CoE)

QuSpin is a Norwegian Center of Excellence (CoE) created in 2017. 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.

Science Education Research

The Science Education Research section deals with the theories and practical applications of teaching and learning of science and technology in schools and at the university level. The goal is to enhance continual improvement of the quality of teaching and learning.

Research documentation

ERC Grants

ERC Grants


Looking for Super-Massive Neutron Stars

Professor Manuel Linares​​

December 2021 - November 2026


Controlling Electric Signals with Insulating Antiferromagnets and Insulating Ferromagnets

Professor Arne Brataas​​

December 2015 - November 2020