Our research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines. Our central research areas are materials science, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, biophysics, and medical technology. Research staff at the institute make a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society.
Department of Physics currently employs about 180 people. On average, about 2000 NTNU students a year take Physics courses.
In today's technological society, the development and proper
use of materials is important, and a very significant
research area is the physics of materials.
We study superconductivity, inner structures and surface characteristics. Nanotechnology is central to several of these disciplines. In biophysics we address the study of biological molecules, the biophysics of plants, plants in weightless conditions, the physics of the human eye, whereas in medical technology we use microscope techniques in the study of drug paths to diseased body cells. In environmental physics, we study the impact of atmospheric conditions on ultraviolet radiation at the earth surface, and work is done to develop improved solar cells. You can find more specific descriptions of research activities in our Annual reports.
Department of Physics consists of five main divisions. The Divisions and research teams carrying out research within several fields.