Physics and Astronomy
The Physics Institute is divided into three departments: Space Research and Planetary Sciences, the Laboratory for High Energy Physics and Climate and Environmental Physics. Each of these departments conducts independent research in their respective field. For further information on the departments and their activities, please visit the Physics Institute website and the sections there for the various research areas.
Institute of Applied Physics
The Institute of Applied Physics was established on June 2, 1961, as part of the Faculty of Science. Today, the institute has approximately 75 employees who conduct research and teach courses. The institute has three departments divided into several groups that specialize in biomedical photonics and laser and microwave physics.
Institute for Theoretical Physics
The Institute for Theoretical Physics addresses a broad range of research fields. The main subjects covered are effective field theories – chiral perturbation theory, non-relativistic QFT, particle physics in particle accelerators, non-perturbative methods of QFT, general relativity and string theory, super-symmetric field theory, supergravity and superstring unified theory, and thermal field theory / particle cosmology (TFT).
Institute of Astronomy (AIUB)
Combining theory and observation is a trademark of the AIUB. Fundamental astronomical observations are carried out at the Zimmerwald observatory, where the positions of natural and artificial celestial bodies are ascertained, and the distances and distance differences of artificial satellites are measured.