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

Math of quantum fields

Speaker: 
Maxim Zabzine
Department: 
Uppsala
Time: 
2014-11-06 13:30 - 14:30
Location: 
Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet
Type : 
Theoretical Physics

Starting with the simple problem of counting partitions I will illustrate how the quantum theory can explain some non-trivial mathematical facts. Then I will give a non-expert overview of recent advances in quantum field theory and their relations to interesting geometrical invariants. I will also outline some fundamental mathematical problems which are posed by quantum field theory.

Holomorphic curves, topological string, and low-dimensional topology

Speaker: 
Tobias Ekholm
Department: 
Uppsala
Time: 
2014-11-06 15:00 - 16:00
Location: 
Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet
Type : 
Theoretical Physics

We discuss relations between holomorphic curve theories, topological string, and gauge theories in low-dimensional topology. We focus
in particular on the case of knots and links in the three-sphere, where these different viewpoints complement each other and illustrate a number of
central dualities. We also explain how this case leads to problems at the forefront in both symplectic geometry: open Gromov-Witten theory and
(higher genus) Legendrian Symplectic Field Theory, and in topological string: new notions of mirror symmetry.

Corrections Beyond the Leading Order in Processes pi0-> e+e- and pi0->e+e-\gamma

Speaker: 
Tomas Husek
Time: 
2014-11-06 15:15
Location: 
12167
Type : 
Nuclear and Particle Physics

In this talk, we will discuss two important processes of low energy hadron physics: pi0 -> e+e- and the Dalitz decay of pi0.
We briefly summarize experimental and theoretical results on the rare decay pi0 -> e+e-. The analytical two-loop QED corrections together with the bremsstrahlung contribution beyond the soft-photon approximation are reviewed. Using the leading logarithm approximation, the possible contribution of QCD corrections is estimated. The complete result is then used to fit the value of the contact interaction coupling to the recent KTeV experiment. This, together with a study of the Dalitz decay pi0 -> e+e-\gamma, can be used in the theoretical calculation of the hadronic light-by-light scattering contribution in the g - 2 type experiments.

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.