Computational Physics

Computational physics has a central role in different fields of physics, as well as an increasing role in tackling complex problems in other areas of science. The computational physics group at Tampere University focuses on basic research in physics, and it also offers methods and numerical tools to multidisciplinary challenges.

Research focus and goals

Particular research topics are novel nanomaterials, electronic structures, quantum matter, and ultrafast phenomena in atoms and molecules. The computational tools and statistical methods developed in the group are also actively applied to interdisciplinary research in, e.g., material science, health technology, and econometrics.

In basic research, the group aims at further understanding of the physical properties of materials, nanostructures, quantum mechanical and complex dynamical systems. For this purpose, the group develops both classical and quantum mechanical models, methods and numerical algorithms and software.

The long-term applications include, for example, next-generation quantum transistors and magnetic memory devices. On the other hand, the aim of the group is to serve the scientific community in various disciplines involving challenging computational tasks and problem solving.


The group collaborates with more than 50 universities and research institutes around the world, including, for example, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and several Max Planck Institutes in Germany.

The group is a partner in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Biomembrane Research (2014-2019) and European Commission's H2020 project in catalysis materials (CritCat, 2016-2019). The group has access to excellent computational infrastructure on the local, national and international level.

Contact person

Esa Räsänen

Professor / Head of Research Community

+358 50 301 3386

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