Department of Physics and Technology


Is a Master's in Optics at IFT something for you?

In June, several members of the IFT Optics group traveled to Marifjora fjord in Luster district on an exciting field project. They wanted to map the optical properties of the water in situ. With new state-of-the-art instruments – such as the LISST-VSF instrument – you can measure optical properties of water like the absorption and scattering of light. During the spring melt, many Norwegian fjords turn green. This is because large amounts of particles come with the glacial waters, which changes the optical nature of the water such that most green light is reflected. By studying these properties, one can, among other things, improve the algorithms used by satellites as they map the Earth from space. This is particularly challenging in optically complex waters, such as where a lot of particles come from land, or during algal blooms.

A master in optics offers several career opportunities. For example, you can work with optics in the atmosphere and the sea, environment and climate, biophysics and optical communication. Is this something for you? Come by and have a chat with us.

Børge Hamre (borge.hamre@uib.no) or Arne Kristoffersen

Or, simply stop by the 2nd floor of the north wing of IFT.


Bodil Holst

"Funded at just the right time"

Had it not been for the Trond Mohn Foundation, Bodil Holst would have worked as a patent consultant in Munich. Thanks to a recruitment grant in 2007, however, she is now one of the most innovative researchers at the University of Bergen.

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Attendees of Birkeland Centre Research School

Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS) hosts successful research school

“Atmospheric Electricity and Hard Radiation from Thunderclouds” was the topic of the week-long research school that was conducted by BCSS.

Tegning av jordens magnetfelt

New study at UiB presents surprising explanation for differences in southern and northern lights

It has been known since 2009 that the auroras seen around the North and South Poles are not symmetrical as had been formerly assumed. New results based on research done at the Birkeland Centre for Space Science at UiB present a surprising explanation behind this asymmetry.

Research centres at IFT

Department of Physics and Technology has an extensive international collaboration including CERN and the European Space Agency (ESA). The department is also hosting one Centre of Excellence (SFF), is actively involved in one Centre for Research based Innovation (SFI), and is contributing to two Research centres for Environmental friendly Energy (FME).