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

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.

Interdisciplinary physics

Interdisciplinary 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.



Catharina de Lange Davies. Photo

Catharina Davies

Deputy of Research



Research documentation

ERC Advanced Grant

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)