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Physical sciences

Physics is the science of how nature works at the most fundamental level, from the smallest blocks of matter and the fundamental forces, to the largest structures in the universe. Physics uses mathematics to describe experimental results, which in turn confirm or refute the theories presented. Theories can be used to make new predictions, e.g., the properties of newly developed materials. Physics is often the basis for new inventions, such as the refrigerator, the transistor, and the tv.


Business contacts led to a job after graduation

Jonas Westberg was one of the first doctoral students at IDS. Today, he works in the industry in Norway.

Maps to explore the information space

Martin Rosvall is professor of theoretical physics with a specialization in computational science


Integrated Science Lab (Icelab)
We take a modelling approach for causal understanding and connect researchers from different backgrounds.
NanoLab is an open-access infrastructure, providing facilities in nano materials characterization.
Research area: Physical sciences
The Laserlab Umeå
The Laserlab Umeå comprises a collection of laboratories using lasers for their research.
Research area: Physical sciences

Latest news

New breakthrough shows how short pulses of light destroy particles

Umeå researchers publish study on what causes polaritons (a light-matter mixture) to collapse.

IceLab receives large grant for interdisciplinary research

The Swedish Research Council investigates millions in ground-breaking research environments.

Jet streams in Mars' magnetic layer fascinate researchers

New discovery using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

A step closer towards cheap hydrogen

New method prevents expensive precious metals from breaking down in the process when hydrogen gas is made.

Laser spectroscopy for more efficient biomass combustion

New method paves the way for green energy and improves understanding of complex chemical processes.

Physics research is highly rated by the Swedish Research Council

International expert panel highlights research at Umeå University in new report.

Space physicist receives medal for exceptional research

Hermann Opgenoorth has been doing space research for 50 years.

Researchers shed light on the structure of molecules in a newly built lab

Interdisciplinary project brings together research groups from all over Europe.

Home-made laser system one of the most powerful in the world

Umeå physicists have designed a laser that can make it possible to study completely new phenomena.

Research money for cheaper hydrogen

Umeå physicist's industrial doctoral project one of twelve selected in the country.

Reveals the technology behind a space instrument built to study Jupiter

The instrument will measure ions and electrons in the Jupiter system aboard a European spacecraft.

Unique particle instrument tailored for harsh Jovian environment

Angèle Pontoni has contributed to the development of a particle instrument for a mission to Jupiter.

Research projects

High-speed mid-infrared photothermal imaging of fatty acids and lipid droplets in living cells
Duration 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2026
Type of project Research project
Two-dimensional time-domain vibrational spectroscopy for structural biology
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2026
Type of project Research project
Understanding and controlling the dynamic p-n junction for improved LECs
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Ultrafast nonthermal spin dynamics in magnetoplasmonic nanomaterials
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Nonlinear attosecond spectroscopy
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project

Research groups

Applied Optics
Combustion diagnostics, exhaled breath gas analysis and chemical imaging.
Atomically Thin & Layered Materials
Atomically thin crystalline structures such as two-dimensional (2D) materials or single- and few- walled nanotubes exhibit several interesting...
Research area: Physical sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Medical imaging, physiological pressure and flow measurements, biomedical signal analysis.
Biophysics and Biophotonics group
Deveolops advanced optical techniques to study biological systems, including how bacteria attach to surfaces.
Britt Andersson lab
Characterization and understanding of material properties and how this can be utilized for applications.
Complex systems
For the passion of revealing stories in relational data to address research questions across the sciences, in the complex system group we develop a...
Research area: Physical sciences
Digital Physics
Read more about the research group Digital Physics.
Research area: Physical sciences
Eduardo Gracia Lab
We make the best out of the heterogeneity in nanomaterials.
Embedded System Group (ESL)
The research environment covers activities within electrical and system engineering, applied physics, and biomedical engineering.
FemHum is a group of humour researchers who take a feminist approach. Much of our research examines humour from different perspectives of power...
Jia Wang lab
Our group studies low-dimensional semiconductor materials.
Ludvig Edman lab
Developing optoelectronics based on organic semiconductors, with focus on functionality and sustainability.
Nanomaterials and energy storage
The research of our group is aimed on synthesis of new 2D materials, study of their fundamental properties and energy storage applications. Our...
Research area: Physical sciences
New materials under extreme conditions
Low and high temperatures, simultaneously with high pressure, change the thermodynamic stability of materials and the kinetics of phase transitions...
Research area: Physical sciences