Institute for Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics uses concepts and methods encoded in mathematical language to explain physical reality. At the Institute for Theoretical Physics, we study physical systems on every scale, ranging from the very small - quantum correction to gravity - to the largest possible scale - the universe.  In between these extremes lie quantum and soft-condensed matter, which study the emergent properties of many-body systems. In theoretical physics, we aim to find answers to some of the most fundamental questions about our world and our existence. 

Science in the Spotlight


Scanning elektronenmicroscoop beeld van een niet-lokale spin-klep met een gebogen nanokanaal. Transport van zuivere spinstroom is bereikt en kan worden gecontroleerd door het veranderen van de 3D-geometrie van het nanokanaal. (foto: Nano Letters)
1 October 2019
Researchers made curved nano-channels for spin transport, making them easier to integrate electronics.
1 October 2019
Roderik van de Wal, Professor of Sea level change and coastal impacts, was one of the main authors of the IPCC report on sea level rise.
Schematic image of the human-made molecule.
23 September 2019
A group of physicists in Utrecht, San Sebastián and Pennsylvania created a new artificial molecule.


17 October 2019 12:45 - 17:30
The symposium features renowned (international) scientists from both universities and industry.