Research at the Department of Physics is very extensive and covers many different areas, with specialisation in both theoretical and experimental research as well as technical areas of use. We have 40 doctoral students from eight different countries.
It is almost impossible to give a complete view of all the research areas. Instead we have chosen to look at a few of the most active current research areas at the department. Doctoral students actively participate in the department research projects.
Nanotechnology and material physics: work with fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and other coal-based nanostructured materials such as graphite oxide. Focus is placed on material properties and how they can be modified.
Organic electronics: develop electronics and photonics based on new organic materials with electronic functions such as light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEC), transistors, integrated circuits and solar cells.
Theoretic physics, non-linear physics and statistical physics: studies of non-linear phenomenon such as instabilities and transformation fronts in hydrodynamics, combustion, plasma physics, quantum electro dynamics and advanced materials. Modelling of networks in biology, society and technology.
Optical physics, atomic and molecular physics, and biophotonics: develop laser-based spectroscopic technologies for sensitive detection of molecules in the gaseous phase for areas of use such as environmental monitoring. Develop laser-based methods for "optical tweezers" to study biopolymers and proteins.
Space Physics: investigate processes where magnetic fields and plasma interact in the Earth's magnetosphere (such processes may subsequently lead to auroral lights in the sky). Research methods involve the analysis of spacecraft and ground-based data and the comparison with theoretical and numerical models.