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About us

The department consists of approximately 200 people and has 7 research units:

  • Biomedical & X-Ray Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Laser Physics
  • Material- and Nano Physics
  • Nanostructure Physics
  • Photonics
  • Quantum and biophotonics


Our research is primarily experimental, often crossdisciplinary, and spans the full area of "bio-opto-nano". We have a good international standing in fields such as bioimaging, microscopy, compact X-ray sources, X-ray imaging, ultrasonics for bioapplications, nonlinear optics, periodically-poled materials, lasers, nanophysics, spintronics and applied quantum physics. Joint facilities such as our Nanofabrication Laboratory and also our laser and bioimaging facilities provide an excellent experimental foundation for state-of-the-art research.

Undergraduate and graduate studies

We give a large number of courses at all levels for engineering students. At the undergraduate level we teach basic physics, while on the Masters and graduate level our courses focus on the "bio-opto-nano" areas. In addition, we teach optics for the optometry education given at Karolinska Institutet.