Doctoral studies in Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Computational Science and Engineering

Research at the Department of Physics is very extensive and covers many different areas, with specialisation in both theoretical and experimental research as well as technical areas of use. We have 40 doctoral students from 8 different countries.

It is almost impossible to give a complete view of all the research areas. Instead we have chosen to look at a few of the most active current research areas at the department. Doctoral students actively participate in the department research projects.

Nanotechnology and material physics: work with fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and other coal-based nanostructured materials such as graphite oxide. Focus is placed on material properties and how they can be modified.

Organic electronics: develop electronics and photonics based on new organic materials with electronic functions such as light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEC), transistors, integrated circuits and solar cells.

Theoretic physics, non-linear physics and statistical physics: studies of non-linear phenomenon such as instabilities and transformation fronts in hydrodynamics, combustion, plasma physics, quantum electro dynamicsand advanced materials. Modelling of networks in biology, society and technology.

Optical physics, atomic and molecular physics, and biophotonics: develop laser-based spectroscopic technologies for sensitive detection of molecules in the gaseous phase for areas of use such as environmental monitoring.  Develop laser-based methods for “optical tweezers” to study biopolymers and proteins.

Space Physics: investigate processes where magnetic fields and plasma interact in the Earth's magnetosphere (such processes may subsequently lead to auroral lights in the sky). Research methods involve the analysis of spacecraft and ground-based data and the comparison with theoretical and numerical models.

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New thesis

Extraterrestrial oceans – beneath the surface!

Extraterrestrial oceans – beneath the surface!

Icy objects in our solar system have large oceans under their surfaces and here life could evolve and flourish. This according to a recent dissertation by Jesper Lindkvist, doctoral student at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Umeå University. The dissertation will be defended on Tuesday 31 May at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, Sweden. Read more

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Static electricity can control nanoballoon

Static electricity can control nanoballoon

Molecular sized machines could in the future be used to control important mechanisms in the body. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, Berkeley and Umeå University show how a nanoballoon comprising a single carbon molecule ten thousand times thinner than a human hair can be controlled electrostatically to switch between an inflated and a collapsed state. Read more

Director of PhD-studies

Asta Pellinen Wannberg
Institutionen för fysik/Department of Physics
901 87 Umeå 

Tel:  +46(0)90-786 74 92

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