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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.


Nicolò Maccaferri
Physics meets magic as Nicolò Maccaferri tames the light

His research lays the foundation for the light-operated and energy-efficient computers of the future.

“I was often the only female physicist among the men”

As a young woman in Poland, Aleksandra Foltynowicz broke the norms when she followed her passion for physics.


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

En skogsmaskin kör över hinder på en grusplan.
The world's first AI-controlled forest machine trained in Umeå

The AI system has been developed on a supercomputer in several million training steps.

Delad bild med porträtt på en leende man och kvinna i kavaj.
Nobel Laureates appointed honorary doctors at Umeå University

Anne L'Huillier and Ferenc Krausz have worked with researchers at the Department of Physics for many years.

Open invitation to the IceLab Stress Response Modeling kick-off

Life science researchers invited to the launch of IceLab stress response modeling excellence center June 10-11

LEC med Universitets logotyp i lysande gulgrönt sken.
New understanding of energy losses in emerging light source

A new method for measuring efficiency losses gives a breakthrough in the development of new light sources.

Alexandr Talyzin
New non-toxic method for producing high-quality graphene oxide

Produces significantly fewer defects compared to the most commonly used method today.

Four people, two seated and two standing, have a meeting with a smiling man on a screen
Microbial eco-evolutionary research collaboration with Korea

STINT-funded research collaboration with Inha University researchers begins with a visit to Incheon, Korea

Porträtt på Nicolò Maccaferri.
ERC grant to physics researcher for innovative data storage

Nicolò Maccaferri wants to create hard drives that work like 'time machines'.

Man i kostym i samtal med studenter.
Nobel Laureate shared his passion for science

Ferenc Krausz's advice to young researchers: "Find the right question for yourself."

Two Umeå researchers appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Nicolò Maccaferri and André Mateus have been appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellows.

Birch leaves as raw material for organic semiconductors

By pressure cooking birch leaves scientists obtained carbon particles for use in organic semiconductors.

New method measures pressure with high precision

Accurate measuring is crucial when for example dosing medicines and handling dangerous gases.

Ludvig Edman rewarded for his bright ideas in research

Receives the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant for his research on the technology behind a flexible light source.

Research projects

Stress Response Modeling at IceLab

A multidisciplinary complexity center formed to unveil universal principles and adaptive mechanisms in living systems under stress.

Duration 1 January 2024
Type of project Research project
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

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
The research environment Bio4Energy aims to create efficient and environmentally sound biorefinery processes
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