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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 tool for finding green solvents for printed electronics

Physics researchers have developed and published an open web tool for the identification of green solvents.

Small-scale X-rays challenge the large electron accelerators

Physicist László Veisz, significantly reduces the divergence of laser-driven X-ray radiation

An astronomical VR grant for laser physics research

The research focuses on accurate data of highly excited energy levels of important molecules in astrophysics.

Limited escape of water from Venus

Only a small part of Venus' historical amount of water has flowed to space in the last four billion years.

50 million to hydrogen research for sustainable energy production

SSF supports a hydrogen research centre led by KTH and including Umeå researchers.

Physicists produce stable water-based graphene dispersions

The key agent is graphene oxide. The authors have applied for patent for the method to prepare dispersions.

Rare animals and plants organize in ghettos to survive

The unexpected ecological pattern is the conclusion of a study about biodiversity in competitive environments.

Porous polymers show remarkable stability at high pressure

Umeå physicists are the first to show high stability of the porous nanomaterial COF-1.

Bright and efficient light without rare metals

Umeå Physicists show environmental friendy alternatives for efficient light-emitting electrochemical cells.

New Book on Art and Physics

Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination, a new book from Bildmuseet.

Energy researchers gather

Scientists meet at Umeå University to discuss renewable energy and to test drive a hydrogen car.

Space physicists target comets

Space physicists at Umeå University develop measuring instruments for the spaceship Comet Interceptor.

Research projects

”Quantum Molar Density” and “Quantum Pascal”
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
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
Double-Resonance Spectroscopy of Small Molecules Using an Optical Frequency Comb
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2026
Type of project Research project
Development of non-invasive detection techniques for characterization of toxic biological substances
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2025
Type of project PhD project
Relativistic nanophotonics
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project

Research groups

Applied Laser Spectroscopy
Combustion Diagnostics and Exhaled Breath Gas Analysis
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
Biophysics and Biophotonics group
The group develops and applies advanced optical techniques to study biological systems, including how bacteria attach to surfaces.
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
Disordered Nanomaterials
We study nanomaterials with a high degree of disorder and complex elemental composition caused by a large concentration of vacancies, defects, or...
Research area: Physical sciences
Embedded System Group (ESL)
The research environment covers activities within electrical and system engineering, applied physics, and biomedical engineering.
Fabrication of nanostructured functional coatings using solution precursor plasma spraying
We are developing a solution-precursor plasma spraying (SPPS) process to form coatings with nanostructured features for applications in...
Research area: Physical sciences
Nano for energy
In the research group we work on synthesis, characterization of various types of nanomaterials, including both carbon nanostructures such as...
Research area: Physical sciences
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
Optical frequency comb spectroscopy group
The group works with research on optical frequency comb spectroscopy.
Research area: Physical sciences
RElativistic Attosecond Physics Laboratory (REAL)
The goal of relativistic attosecond physics laboratory is laser-driven generation of the shortest light and electron pulses ever achieved, which ha...
Research area: Physical sciences
Space Plasma Physics Group
The Umeå Space Plasma Physics Group focuses on studying naturally occurring plasmas in the solar system.
Research area: Physical sciences
The Laser Physics Group
Leader of the research group is Professor Ove Axner.
Research area: Physical sciences