### Cosmology

The cosmology group includes research on particle physics, including astrophysics and astroparticle physics. It focuses on the interplay between Cosmology (Big Bang model, inflation in the early universe, baryogenesis, dark matter) and high-energy physics (particle physics, quantum field theory, Standard Model), as well as mathematical questions in General Relativity.

The group studies the physics of the very early universe using analytic, but also numerical methods, employing large scale high-performance computing to simulate the behavior of quantum fields at very high temperatures in and out of thermal equilibrium.

Further information may be found on a separate site: UiS Cosmology

### Material science

The research activities within material sciences in the physics group focus on the investigation of the structure and dynamics of novel materials. Three different approaches including theoretical, numerical and experimental methods are used in order to understand the physical properties of these materials.

International large-scale facilities are used in our research, such as **X-ray, neutrons and muon sources**. These probes interact with the atoms and electrons in our samples. The analysis of such interaction gives us crucial information about the sample’s nuclear structure, atomic arrangement, magnetic structure, distribution of magnetic moments, as well as dynamical process within the sample-lattice vibrations and magnetic excitations.

These parameters determine the physical properties of the materials and their potential applications. Numerical methods are used to analyze our data and fully understand these systems.

### Energy physics

The energy physics group includes fluid dynamics and applications toward petroleum science).

### Teaching

The Physics group supervises theses and teaches the physics courses in:

- the bachelor programme in mathematics and physics
- master degree programme in mathematics and physics
- PhD programme in mathematics and physics

The group is also responsible for all physics teaching at the Faculty of Science and Technology (TN), as well as the "Lektor i Realfag" degree programme, physics specialisation.