Research - Department of Physics
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 includes three research groups: Atmosphere Physics, Laser Physics and Soft and Complex Matter.
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.
SFF/CoE Centres of Excellence and Research Infrastructure
SFF/CoE Centres of Excellence
- LOVE-NEST - Looking for Super-Massive Neutron Stars - Professor Manuel Linares
- INSULATRONICS - Controlling Electric Signals with Insulating Antiferromagnets and Insulating Ferromagnets - Professor Arne Brataas
- TEM Gemini Centre and the Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM)
- Norwegian Centre for X-ray Diffraction, Scattering and Imaging (RECX)
- Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM)
Looking for Super-Massive Neutron Stars
December 2021 - November 2026
Controlling Electric Signals with Insulating Antiferromagnets and Insulating Ferromagnets
December 2015 - November 2020