Organisation of the research
The research at the Department of Physics was recently evaluated by an international committee under the auspices of the Research Council of Norway. In their final report, the committee concluded that the quality of the research was high, with five of the groups rated at 'excellent' or 'very good' and the remaining at the level 'good' or better.
The research at the Department of Physics is organised along two axes, disciplinary and thematic. Along the disciplinary axis we find the nine specialized research groups:
- Biophysics and medical Physics - effects of ionizing radiation on molecular and celluøar levels, the micto-environment of tumor cells, medical diagnostics and radiation therapy
- Condensed matter physics - flow in porous media, magneto-optical imaging of superconductors, magnetic dynamics, crack propagation, coulomb glasses, nanophysics and noise in quantum devises
- High energy physics - CERN-associated research mainy connected to the LHC-experiments ALICE and ATLAS, development of the GRID
- Electronics - semiconductor physics, detector technology, medical instrumentation, space instrumentation and electronic design
- Nuclear and energy physics - low.energy experimental nuclear physics, theoretical nuclear physics, heavy ion physics (CERN)
- Plasma and space physics - space plasma theory and modelling, space experimentation, instrumentation for space research
- Physics education - research on teaching and education in physics
- Structure physics - experimental and theoretical atomic-level studies on the structure, properties and function of advanced materials. Experimentally, transmission electron microscopy is the most important methodology.
- Theoretical physics - high energy physics, string theory, coherent quantum systems, quantum information, low-dimensional systems.
The interdisciplinary, ot thematic, activities are found across the research groups and even Departments. The major activities are organised within five centres. Three of these are national centres of excellence (CoEs) basically funded by the Reseach Council of Norway:
- Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) -with Department of Geological Sciences
- Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA) - with the Deparftments for mathematics and for Computer Sciences
- FME Solar United - photovoltaic solar cell reseach with SINTEF, Institute for Energy research (IFE) and Norwegian University for Reseach in Technological and Natural Sciences (NTNU)
There are another centre between the Department of Physics and Chemistry:
- Centre for materials science and nanotechnology (SMN) - with focus on new materials and renewable energy
Other project-based interdisciplinary research is found between the groups or with other institutions. These projects are without a firm organizational framework.