Department of Physics
Research & Teaching
The Department of Physics of the University of Jyväskylä has a strong profile in Nuclear and Particle Physics research and education. The Department of Physics also hosts the Accelerator Laboratory, an international-class research infrastructure based around four accelerators used for fundamental nuclear physics, accelerator-based materials physics and industrial and commercial applications.
The main focus of the nuclear physics research is on experimental studies of nuclear structure and ground-state properties, with a view to obtaining a better understanding of how the nuclear strong force is manifested in atomic nuclei.
The main themes in particle physics research are in both experimental and theoretical studies of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, with experimental work focussed on the ALICE experiment at the LHC, CERN.
In addition to these main themes, research is carried out into cosmology, neutrino physics and particle phenomenology. The Department of Physics also carries out research into materials physics, including nanophysics, nanoelectronics, low-temperature physics and soft condensed matter.
The Department has extensive course offerings in all these fields and also runs an International Masters degree Program in Nuclear and Particle Physics.