Arnt Inge Vistnes

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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 24 Fysikkbygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1048 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

I am very interested in the description of light in physics, in particular, and electromagnetic waves in general. Especially I am concerned about the wave-particle duality and the quantum description, which I think has treated some experimental systems too superficial so far. Thus, it might be more details obtainable than hitherto have been studied. It has been too little focus on time dependence and the detailed processes involved in measurements. This may be tied to the general problems regarding interpretations of quantum physics (collapse of wave functions, realism, Bell's inequality etc). The theme is tightly connected to the philosophy of science.


Higher education and employment history

Brief introduction to previous education and employment.

1974-1986 the research was in magnetic resonance spectroscopy, especially use of spin label molecules in order to measure slow molecular motion e.g. in biological membranes. I also developed new experimental and analytical methods.

1987-2005 I worked on biological effects of low frequency electromagnetic fields. My speciality: Measurements for low frequency and static electric and magnetic fields. Studied several biological model systems, but contributed also in a number of epidemiological and work environment studies together with other people. 

Since 2006 I have been involved in establishing a quantum optics laboratory at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo. Fields of interest are given above.

Most of my university life I have been employed by the University of Oslo. For three years I have been at sabbatical: 1979-80: University of Rochester, NY (Professor Jerome S. Puskin), 1985-86: University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Professor Larry Dalton), and 2006-2007: Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen (Professor Eugene S. Polzik).

In 1996 I was the head of the organizing committee for The 27th International Physics Olympiad in Oslo with participants from 55 countries.


  • 1985-86: Fulbright fellow.
  • 1989: Department of Physics, Award for good teaching.
  • 1999: Appointed to "Knight for Maxwell's Golden Demon", award from Physics Student Association at the University of Oslo
  • 2000: Department of Physics was awarded "Pris for godt læringsmiljø" by the University of Oslo ("Award for outstanding learning environments/relations") with particular mention of the courses FYS 112 and FYS 113 given by A.I.Vistnes and M. Hjorth-Jensen.


Establish for the time being useful relations to other research groups in Norway and abroad, groups that are interested in similar scientific problems as we are. 


Tags: wave-particle dualism, quantum physics, photon, Light, electromagnetic waves, philosophy of science
Published Nov. 4, 2010 12:42 PM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2011 3:39 PM