The Department of Physics hosts a unique group of scientists and supporting staff addressing problems in physics, from the smallest scales of elementary particles, via the 'human' scales of climate dynamics, to the largest scales of cosmology.

The department has a long history of excellence in physics research and education. Today, we consist of about forty tenured staff which excel in research on topics such as String Theory, Cosmology, Hard- and Soft- Condensed Matter Physics, High-Energy Physics, Nanophotonics and Climate Physics. About fifty graduate and more than a hundred undergraduate students start each year in the broad Bachelor's programme and the four specialised Master's programmes.

The role of physics in society is expected to increase even more in the (near) future. The application of physical concepts and methodologies will remain important to drive innovations in industry. In addition, physicists will make major contributions to the development of research fields such as biology, sociology, health sciences and economy. As head of this department, I see it as my task to nurture and encourage current departmental strengths, but also to stimulate new, interdisciplinary research themes such as biophysics and complexity research.

I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the research, educational and outreach activities within the department.

- Henk Dijkstra, head Department of Physics

News

5 December 2018
The ice on Greenland is melting faster than at any moment during the last 350 years. This is concluded from a model by Brice Noël (IMAU).
Erik van Sebille
22 November 2018
Oceanographer Erik van Sebille researches things that float in oceans: plastic, but also bacteria, fish and larvae.
Electrons in bonding (left) and non-bonding (right) Sierpiński triangles
12 November 2018
Utrecht physicists build fractal shape out of electrons
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Events

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11 December 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Unfortunately this Colloquium is canceled. We will look for a new date.
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18 December 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Pre-industrial atmospheric Carbonyl Sulphide studied by 1-D isotopic photochemical model
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20 December 2018 15:00 - 15:45
Modelling shelf morphodynamics and resulting shoreline evolution of mesotidal uninterrupted sandy coasts - free behaviour and response to construction of ..
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