Department of Physics and Technology
research at the institute of physics and technology

Research Groups

The research at the Department of Physics and Technology spans a wide area, from pure research related to the basic building blocks and processes in nature, to applied research and technology. The research is organized into eight research groups.

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Acoustics is a scientific field in which one studies vibrations and their propagation in the form of waves in all types of materials (gases, liquids and solids). Modern acoustics has many important societal and industrial applications, such as in the petroleum industry, medicine and material sciences.

The study of acoustics focuses on understanding the physical processes that take place in the interaction between sound waves and matter, and how these processes can be utilized in, for example, measuring instruments and methods.

Professor Per Lunde is the leader for this group, and here is the group's website.



Electronics and measurement technology are an important part of our daily lives. The limits of what can be measured and controlled electronically are constantly being stretched, and our research group is actively participating in this. Our research activities go in two main directions: In microelectronics we are working on the development of new electronic circuits that can be used, for example, in new physics experiments, or we use advanced commercial microelectronics to solve measurement and control tasks.

Group contacts:

– Professor Kjetil Ullaland
– Professor Johan Alme

Prof. Ullaland is the group leader. This is a link to the group's homepage.


Measurement Technology and Instrumentation

In measurement technology, we utilize various chemical and physical properties of materials to develop sensors and instruments for a variety of applications. The multidisciplinary nature of instrumentation also requires extensive use of mathematics and informatics, for example for the development of electronic circuits, modeling, simulation and control of sensors and processes, as well as interpretation and processing of measurement data. Our students are offered interesting and relevant courses and Master's projects across a broad spectrum of theoretical to experimental areas.

Contact persons for Measurement Technology:

This is a link to the group's website.



Nanoscience includes the study of functional materials, systems or phenomena based on nanometer scale building blocks. The characteristics of interest are critically dependent on precisely this order of magnitude being maintained. This is usually due to quantum mechanical effects or that an extremely high proportion of atoms is on the surface of the nanoparticle. Nanoscience is dependent on the understanding and exploiting of the relationship between properties of nanoparticles and pores on the one hand, and desirable properties of the material and the overall system on the other.

Nanoscience research is highly interdisciplinary and takes place at the intersection of physics, chemistry and biology, and benefits in different ways from all three of these disciplines. Our research group mainly targets nanophysics, nanochemistry, nanobiology or nanobiomedicine, but will also come into contact with other relevant disciplines.

Typical problems in nanoscience:

Nanotechnological instrumentation and measurement techniques, nanostructured catalysts, natural nanoparticles and drops, nanomaterials, quantum control and dynamics, magnetic nanoparticles, protein structure and function, protein-surface interactions, protein dynamics, micro-contact printing, nanotoxicology.

Professor Bodil Holst is the leader for the Nanyphysics and Technology group. Here is a link to the group's homepage.



In the field of optics and atomic physics, both theoretical and experimental studies of interactions between light and matter are undertaken. Material to be studied can range from atomic- and molecular-sized to large geophysical systems, including fjords, coastal waters and the ice in the Arctic. 

This is the research group's webpage


Reservoir Physics – Energy Technology and CO2 Storage (CCUS)

The Reservoir Physics – Energy Technology and CO2 Storage (CCUS) Research Group at the Dept. of Physics and Technology emphasizes research and education within a broad range of areas:

  • Injection of CO2 and hydrocarbon gas for increased recovery
  • Mobility control in heterogeneous reservoirs using foam and polymers
  • Upscaling: From the laboratory to the field
  • Carbon neutral gas production from methane hydrate
  • CO2 Storage

Energy Technology and CO2 Storage are selected by the University of Bergen as areas of special importance with respect to both research and educational programs. The University of Bergen offers a 5-year engineering degree in Energy and Master Programs within both Petroleum and Process Technology; a total of 10 specialties are offered within the Master programs. The Research Group is responsible for teaching courses in the energy program and offers research based education within the Master programs.

Professor Arne Graue is the leader of the Petroleum and Process Technology group. This is link a to the group’s website.


Space Physics Group

Our goal is to increase knowledge about electric currents around the Earth, particle precipitation from space, northern lights, gamma-ray bursts and other connections between the Earth and space.

The group's homepage is here. More information to come soon.


Subatomic Physics

The group's activity is organized in four main areas:

Nuclear physics
Particle physics
Medical physics
Technology Transfer: proton CT

Experimental nuclear physics is an international activity. We are currently participating in experiments at CERN in Geneva, and at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York

Much of our activity is linked to the accelerator Large Hadron Collider (LHC) where we participate in two ATLAS (particle physics) and ALICE (nuclear physics) experiments. Our group has been constructing the detectors for these two experiments, and we are now active in both operation of the detectors, data analysis and development of new detector technology with a view to upgrading the experiments. The research on the theoretical side focuses on the model building which is necessary for interpreting the experimental results from LHC.

Our focus on astroparticle physics is indirect detection of dark matter using cosmic gamma rays. We are part of the planning/building up the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory, and analyzing available data from existing observatories.

In medical physics, research is being done on, among other things, the use of protons in Computerized Tomography, which can provide major benefits in radiation therapy for cancer.

Professor Joakim Nystrand is the group leader and this is the group's website


Energy and Process Technology

The group for Energy and Process Technology (EPT) has two main activities:

  1. Multiphase systems
  2. Process safety

The research activities focus on critical challenges for the process industry and the global energy transition.


Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics aims to understand nature in all orders of magnitude: from elementary particles and forces to the evolution of the universe. We do this by designing models and performing calculations involving both pen and paper and supercomputers with thousands of processors.

Our main interests include:    

  • atomic level simulations
  • nuclear physics
  • nuclear physics
  • particle physics
  • astroparticle physics

You can find the websites of the theoretical physics group @. The leader of the group is Konrad Tywoniuk and deputy leader is Tatiana Kuznetsova.