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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.

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
Measurements of trace-gasses and retrieval of temperature and ozone profiles over the Arctic
Research area: Physical sciences
Duration 25 September 2023 until 25 September 2027
Type of project PhD 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

Research groups

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
Thomas Wågberg lab
Synthesis and characterization of various types of nanomaterials.
Ultrafast Nanoscience
In our group we study both the fundamental and applied aspects of light-matter interactions.
Umeå Science Education Research (UmSER)
UMSER is a research environment with an open and collegial atmosphere, providing rich opportunities for collaboration and to give and receive...