Department of Physics and Astronomy

Applied Nuclear Physics

Applied nuclear physics is the study and application of the properties of atomic nuclei. This is a wide field. Examples of applications range from energy production in nuclear power plants to the measurements of extremely small quantities of different isotopes, as in the carbon-14 method.

Research groups

Nuclear reactions

This group is doing fundamental research about nuclear reactions. Knowledge about this is important for applications such as cancer treatments or transmutation of used nuclear fuel

Ion physics

In this group ion beams of high energy are utilized for material analysis ranging from applications in archeology and medicine to ultrathin surface coatings for optical and electronic devices. Our accelerators are also used for active modification of material properties and structuring of samples at a nanometer level. Fundamental research is conducted in the whole field to meet future demands in high-quality material development and analysis.

Nuclear fisson diagnostics and safeguards

Research in the safety and security of nuclear power, such as how to use the fuel in the most efficient way, and about the needs of future nuclear power plants. In nuclear safeguards, the group is developing methods for ensuring that nuclear material is used in accordance with international treaties.

Fusion diagnostics

Research about fusion as a possible future power source is carried out at several research facilities. The fusion diagnostics group is developing instrumentation for monitoring and analysis of the fusion reactions.

Applied nuclear physics for everyone

Are you a non-expert, who just wants to understand a bit about what the research in our division is about?

Under the headline Applied nuclear physics for everyone we are collecting popular texts and videos about our research. Here you can learn about nuclear reactions, nuclear safeguards, fusion for energy, and more.

Continuing education for professionals

Within the division of applied nuclear physics, Nordic Academy for Nuclear Safety and Security is located, an interdisciplinary competence platform with researchers and teachers from different universities complemented by experts from regulators, agencies and the industry. Through NANSS we give courses in nuclear safety and security, and about nuclear technology, for professionals in the field. You can find more information on the NANSS pages.

About us

The division of applied nuclear physics is one of the largest within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with over 60 employees and other active people.

If you would like to know how to find us, who is responsible for what are, this and more details about us is listed on the page with information about the division.

Note: within the department of physics and astronomy there is also a Division of Nuclear Physics working with fundamental research in hadron physics and nuclear structure.