The Physics Unit is one of the three units in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The Physics Unit employs about 160 people, of which 10 are professors, 5 are associate professors, and 3 are assistant professors. The unit is highly international as 30 % of the personnel have an international background. The research focuses on three areas that are organized in three laboratories: Aerosol Physics, Computational Physics and Photonics.
The principle of the Physics Unit is to operate in a balanced way between fundamental scientific research and industrial applications. The thesis projects in physics are usually directly linked to the research carried out in the laboratories.
The research at the Physics Unit focuses on three areas: Aerosol Physics, Computational Physics and Photonics. The research topics include, e.g., atmospheric phenomena, emissions, nanomaterials, quantum mechanics, numerical algorithms, and light-matter interaction and other optical phenomena. More information of the research in these three laboratories can be found below.
At Tampere University, physics can be studied as a major in two degree programmes: Teknis-luonnontieteellinen (in Finnish) and Science and Engineering (in English). Both the Finnish and English programmes are highly selective and provide the students with excellent problem solving skills and a solid background in mathematics and natural sciences. Both programmes provide a direct path to Master's studies in physics, and further to doctoral studies in the research laboratories of the Physics Unit.
In addition to major studies, the Physics Unit teaches basic physics (University Physics 1-4) to all the degree programmes in engineering at Tampere University.