The department of Physics and Astronomy was formed in January 2010 by merging the former department of Physics and Astronomy with the department of Physics and Materials Science.

The department of Physics and Astronomy has assignments within three main areas; education, research and cooperation with society, carried out within Applied nuclear physics, Astronomy and space physics , High Energy Physics, Ion Physics, Materials Physics, Materials Theory, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics,
Nuclear Physics, Physics Education Research and Theoretical physics.
You find us at the Ångström laboratory in Uppsala.

Highlights

Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education.

The International Commission on Physics Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder's outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa. He moved to Uppsala University in 2000, becoming the first Professor of Physics Education Research in Sweden, while still retaining his professorship at the University of the Western Cape.

The latest on Active Galactic Nuclei (reported in Nature Physics)

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) are fuelled by super-massive black holes residing in their centres, making them the most luminous (now extinct) galaxies in the universe. As part of her PhD thesis, Beatriz Villarroel has studied neighbours to two major types of AGN, to gain more insight into similarities and differences between theses types. According to a geometrical unification theory dating back to the 1980s, these two types are intrinsically similar objects, observed from different viewing angles (Type-1: pole-on; Type-2: edge-on). The present work identifies systematic differences in neighbours to Type-1 and Type-2 AGN, clearly showing that there are environmental (thus likely evolutionary) circumstances that influence the appearance of the AGN phenomenon.

Sök senast 15 april

Sista ansökningsdag till höstens utbildningar är 15 april. Du gör din ansökan på http://antagning.se

Efter 15 april stänger anmälan till Uppsala universitets utbildningar. 15 juli öppnar sen anmälan,
men bara för program och kurser där det kan finnas platser kvar.

http://www.uu.se/utbildning

Upcoming seminars

Quantum imaging of Dirac Materials

Speaker: 
Prof. Alexander V. Balatsky
Department: 
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Time: 
2014-10-02 15:15
Location: 
Å80101
Type : 
Department wide

Recently a new single-layer material—graphene—has been discovered. This is a material where quasi-particle behavior is described by very same Dirac equation that governs behavior of relativistic particles. Dirac fermionic spectrum leads to very unusual properties of these materials, including Klein paradox, chirality of carriers, unusual electron transport, and impurity states. These properties are not unique to graphene, instead they represent universal consequences of the Dirac spectrum of the fermionic excitation sector. I will explore these similarities with other materials exhibiting similar spectra including d-wave superconductors, superfluid 3He and recently discovered topological insulators and discuss the unique role of symmetries that protect the Dirac spectrum.

Slow Time

Speaker: 
Prof. Christopher Essex
Department: 
Department of Applied Mathematics the University of Western Ontario, Canada
Time: 
2014-10-14 15:15 - 16:00
Location: 
Häggsalen
Type : 
Department wide

Humans experience a narrow window of timescales. Events on short timescales (fast time) appear nearly simultaneous and become blurred. Too quick tends to be too small also: think of atoms colliding. Ultra-long timescales (slow time) reflect events that we don't see either: think geologic time. We are naturally biased toward happenings within our narrow window. We get distracted by faster events, get bored, or don’t live long enough to develop good intuition beyond the slow time limit. What if we could expand our window beyond and explore the megascale as we do the nanoscales? What would it be like? Many things we are used to disappear, while other new dynamics and structures emerge.

The Student Service Office

We do not have any fixed opening hours, but it is open if anyone is at the office.

Phone: 018 471 3516

Email: kurskansli@physics.uu.se

Exams will be handed out by: student service.




Marika and Rob
are blogging about the life as a physics student in Uppsala.

Current seminars

Quantum imaging of Dirac Materials

Speaker: 
Prof. Alexander V. Balatsky
Department: 
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Time: 
2014-10-02 15:15
Location: 
Å80101
Type : 
Department wide

Recently a new single-layer material—graphene—has been discovered. This is a material where quasi-particle behavior is described by very same Dirac equation that governs behavior of relativistic particles. Dirac fermionic spectrum leads to very unusual properties of these materials, including Klein paradox, chirality of carriers, unusual electron transport, and impurity states. These properties are not unique to graphene, instead they represent universal consequences of the Dirac spectrum of the fermionic excitation sector. I will explore these similarities with other materials exhibiting similar spectra including d-wave superconductors, superfluid 3He and recently discovered topological insulators and discuss the unique role of symmetries that protect the Dirac spectrum.