The Department of Physics focuses its research on areas of modern physics combining a major scientific challenge with obvious application potentials in the industry or in the public sector. As part of the research, DTU Physics coordinates the two DTU centers Fluid DTU and V-Sustain. Research at DTU Physics is focused on the fields characterized by the six research sections, briefly described below.

Biofysik og komplekse systemer

Biophysics and Fluids (FLUIDS)

The section focuses on complex structures - both in living organisms and in the inanimate nature. In this context, “complexity” means that many small parts interact to create cooperative structures where new, unexpected features emerge.

The scientific activity in the section is divided into four main areas: Protein Physics, System Biology, Fluid Dynamics and Nano Spectroscopy. 

Read more about Biophysics and Fluids (FLUIDS).

ScatteringDiff NEXMAP

Neutrons and X-rays for Materials Physics (NEXMAP)

The section for Neutron and X-rays for materials physics is studying the structure and dynamics of materials using large scale facilities for neutrons and x-radiation.

Together with advanced modeling and analysis methods this opens unique possibilities for establishing links between the structure, dynamics and functioning of materials.

Read more Neutrons and X-rays for Materials Physics (NEXMAP).

Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy

Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy (PPFE)

The Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Section contributes towards the development of fusion energy as a sustainable and environmentally safe energy source.

Our main research activities deal with physical and technical aspects of plasmas. Particular emphasis is on plasma turbulence, the associated transport, and fast ion dynamics.

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QPIT research

Quantum Physics and Information Technology (QPIT)

The section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology designs quantum technology and processes to be used in quantum sensors and quantum information.

The ultimate goal is to obtain full control of some of the smallest particles in the world - the photon and the electron - and to exploit this control in novel applications such as quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and quantum sensing.

Read more about Quantum Physics and Information Techology (QPIT).

CINF Vacuum Chamber

Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat)

The main objective of SurfCat is to investigate the fundamental relation of surfaces reactivity  and activity with the perspective of developing new and more efficient catalysts.

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Theoretical Atomic-scale Physics, The supercomputer Niflheim

Theoretical Atomic-scale Physics (CAMD)

Research in Theoretic Atomic-scale Physics is all about bridging the gap between the fundamental, atomic description of various materials and their practical applications.

Through the help of computer-simulations based on the fundamental laws of physics the ultimate end goal is - atom by atom - to design materials for specific applications. This would be a major breakthrough in our ability to design new functional materials.

Read more Theoretical Atomic-scale Physics (CAMD).