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 ten specialized research groups:

  • Biophysics and medical Physics - effects of ionizing radiation on molecular and cellular 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 - 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
  • Semiconductor physics - fundamental materials science and physics issues, but in most cases with a clear vision for long-term applications relevant to enabling technologies for renewable energy.
  • 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, or thematic, activities are found across research groups, departments and faculties. 

  • Centre for Computing in Science Education The goal of CCSE is to integrate computing as a natural tool in basic educations, to make the education research near and to prepare students for an interdisciplinary workplace.
  • PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO). It focuses on the physics of porous media.
  • Njord focuses on the physics of porous media and geological processes. 
  • SuSolTech -  The research Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology.
  • Centre for materials science and nanotechnology (SMN) - with focus on new materials and renewable energy


Published Nov. 8, 2010 11:17 PM - Last modified Nov. 4, 2020 10:07 AM