Condensed matter physics
About the group
Our research covers a wide range of topics in statistical physics, complex dynamical systems and advanced materials, superconductivity and magneto-optical imaging, quantum correlated systems, electron gases and quantum optics.
Research activities in statistical and dynamical systems focus on fundamental physics of porous media, fracture, friction and plasticity from atomic to macroscopic scales. We study transport from diffusion to turbulent flows in a variety of systems and geometries, such as two-phase flows in porous media, diffusion in viscous fingering labyrinths, pipe flows, flows between rough, open fractures, and vortex flows in highly-oblate Bose Einstein condensates.
Our approach is experimental, theoretical and computational, and cross-disciplinary. The geo-physics collaboration on the physics-based modelling of geological processes PGP covers many topics from crystal growth, ice and rock deformation, to earthquakes and landslides. This activity is now overlapping with the Njord center.
Our group has two centers of excellence (CoE):
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 using experimental, theoretical and computational methods. It is led by five principal scientists from physics, chemistry and reservoir engineering.
The goal of the CCSE is to include computing as a natural tool for all science and engineering students from the first semester of their undergraduate studies. Not as a substitute for more traditional approaches, but as an extension of the classical toolbox.
In addition, some of our ongoing projects are:
The idea of BioZEment originates from the Research Council of Norway's first Idélab Towards the Zero Emission Society (2014). Our basic concept is to employ bacteria to produce acid to partially dissolve crushed limestone, and subsequently induce an increase in pH by biocatalysis to initiate re-precipitation of calcium carbonate to bind sand grains together, forming a solid, concrete-like construction material.
FRIPRO project on friction (Anders Malthe-Sørenssen)
Our group promotes interdisciplinary, basic and applied research. We have close collaborations with several departments at UiO, including the Department of Geosciences (PGP), Department of Mathematics (Mechanics) and Life science. The centre of excellence PoreLab is in collaboration with NTNU. In addition, we have many international collaborators.
Academic programmes and courses
Our group is involved in teaching of the following courses:
- FYS1001 - Introduction to physics
- FYS1120 - Electromagnetics
- FYS2130 - Oscillations and waves
- FYS2160 - Thermodynamics and statistical physics
- FYS3180- Experimental methods in physics
- FYS4130 - Statistical mechanics
- FYS4110/9110 - Modern quantum mechanics
- FYS4460 - Disordered systems and percolation
- FYS4420/9420 - Experimental techniques in condensed matter physics
- FYS4180 - Experimental methods in physics
- MENA5010/9010 - Nanophysics