Welcome to the Department of Physics

The Department of Physics (DF) of the Faculty of Sciences of ULisbon has two main goals: the development of science through the promotion of research activities at an international level in various areas of Physics, Physics Engineering and Biomedical and Biophysics Engineering, along with the education of students in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of higher education many of whom contribute directly to the department’s research activities. 

The first goal is reached through the promotion of research projects in areas where the Department has affirmed itself (Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics and Solid-state physics) and in other more recent areas (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Soft-matter Physics and Biophysics).  This approach allows us to not only lead projects in already established areas but also embrace new challenges.  New projects at the cutting edge of Physics are riskier but our experience allows us to face them with an enormous confidence.   

The second goal focuses on training the next generation of scientists.  A growing fraction of students in the first cycle in Physics tend to have careers in other areas where their analytical training and abstract thinking is a great asset.  Students in the second and third cycle are generally very curious about Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics as well as the engineering areas associated to the Department (Physics, Biomedical Physics and Biophysics).   These graduate students receive training at an excellent level and they leave the Department as Master or PhD holders, but above all as true scientists prepared to begin their own career path inside or outside Academia.  

The Department’s future is ensured by the talent and motivation of the new students that arrive every year. Welcome!

Margarida Telo da Gama
Head of Department