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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

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

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
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

The Organic Electronics and Photonics Group
Organic electronics constitute the synthesis and study of organic materials with electronic and/or photonic function and the realization of...
Research area: Physical sciences
Umeå Science Education Research (UmSER)
UMSER is a research group within science and technology education research with participants from several departments at Umeå University. Our...