Physics at ISTA comprises theoretical and experimental approaches as well as astrophysics/astronomy.


On the theory side, research areas include atomic, molecular, and optical physics (Lemeshko), theoretical condensed matter physics and quantum dynamics (Serbyn), mathematical physics (Erdös, Seiringer), biophysics (Tkacik), physical principles in biological systems (Hannezo, Saric), soft matter theory and materials design (Goodrich), as well as computational materials science (Cheng).

Experimental research is carried out in the areas of fluid dynamics/turbulence (Hof), geophysical fluid dynamics (Muller), soft and complex materials (Waitukaitis, Palacci), quantum thermodynamics (Modic), nanoelectronics (Katsaros), quantum integrated devices (Fink), quantum sensing with atoms and light (Hosten), condensed matter and ultrafast optics (Alpichshev), nanoscale photonics for biology (Danzl), and NMR spectroscopy and biophysics (Schanda).

Experimental research in the realm of physical chemistry encompasses functional nanomaterials (Ibáñez), materials electrochemistry (Freunberger).


The Astronomy groups aim at understanding the evolution of stars and to understand astrophysical processes by using various modelling techniques (Bugnet, Caiazzo, Götberg ,Matthee).

Earth Science

Topics of the Earth Science groups are geophysical fluid dynamics (Muller) and mountain hydrology and mass movements (Pellicciotti).

More info an what is going on and resources check out the Physics & Beyond page.


Here is a video presenting the Physics study track.

In case you cannot access YouTube, this video is also available here.

You can also find more information on upcoming Talks, Events and Courses on the dedicated Physics, Chemistry and Maths site physicsandbeyond.

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