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Computational Physics at the University of Oslo

The research group on Computational Physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Oslo, has its main focus on the development of theoretical and computational methods for quantum mechanical and statistical mechanics systems. Our research spans from dense matter such as neutron stars to the flow of liquids in porous media.

Our core research is structured into three main areas, offering thereby a wide perspective on thesis projects: theoretical physics with an emphasis on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, computational physics/numerical mathematics and high-performance computing.

Read more about our activities on Computational Quantum Mechanics
and Computational Statistical Mechanics.

Theses projects in Computational Physics

You can do a Master of Science or PhD thesis in Computational Physics. Computational Physics is part of the Physics Master program, but you can also do a Master in Computational Physics if you follow the Computational Science Master program. Furthermore, you are eligible for this specialization if you have a bachelor in Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology, or any of the following bachelor programs MIT, ELDAT, MEC and MENA. There are many directions to choose among, such as computational astrophysics, computational statistical physics, computational quantum chemistry and physics or computational materials science. The activity is connected with several centers of excellence at the University of Oslo. These are the Center of Mathematics for Applications (CMA), the Center of Physics for Geological processes (PGP), the center for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC) and the center for Biomedical Computing (CBC). The group has also several collaborations with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Michigan State University in the U.S.A. and Tokyo University in Japan. There are excellent possibilities for doing parts of a master or PhD thesis at one of these places. Read more about possible thesis projects.

Computers in Science Education

The group is strongly involved in the project Computers in Science Education, a new initiative which may pave the way for a radical change in the way science is taught.

A recent article (pdf format) about the CSE project can be downloaded from here .

We are also heavily involved in teaching Computational Physics at various levels. These courses offer a large collection of programs and literature. This material is publicly available to everybody who wants to use these programs and teaching material.

Available positions

Presently no positions

Upcoming events

January 22-27, 2012
Third MSU-UT/ORNL-UiO winter school in nuclear physics, January 22-27, Oak Ridge National laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

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