Department of Physics and Technology
optics at the institute for physics and technology (ift)

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


Arne Skodvin Kristoffersen / UiB

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's 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 (arne.kristoffersen@uib.no)Or, simply stop by the 2nd floor of the north wing of IFT (Allégaten 55).