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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

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.

New findings about ions around comets

Sofia Bergman's thesis gives scientists new possibilities to study low-energy ions in space.

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.

Research projects

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
Nonlinear attosecond spectroscopy
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
”Quantum Molar Density” and “Quantum Pascal”
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

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
The group develops and applies 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.
Jia Wang lab
Our group studies low-dimensional semiconductor materials.
Ludvig Edman lab
Synthesis of organic materials with electronic and/or photonic function - realization of functional devices.
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
Nicolò Maccaferri lab
In our group we study both the fundamental and applied aspects of light-matter interactions.