Last update: 17.03.2017
Institute of Applied Physics
The Institute of Applied Physics is a member of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Berne, Switzerland. The activities of the institute revolve around the fast developing fields of photonics and applied physics, all based on electromagnetic radiation from X-rays to microwaves. Besides basic research we focus on the investigation of interaction mechanisms of radiation with matter. Research topics in this field of modern photonics span a wide variety of applications, ranging from ultrafast phenomena to biomedical photonics to environmental research. Scientists working in these fields of research are supported by technical and administrative staff leading to a total of approximately 70 people working at the institute. Our mission is to carry out internationally competitive research and development in laser and microwave science and technology and their application, to train students in the field of photonics and to create awareness of laser and microwave science and technology amongst a broader community. Because of our expertise in this field we participate in two centers of the University, the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) in The Center for Space and Habitability (CSH), and many national and international research projects. We are the co-leading house of the National Center of Competence in Research project (NCCR) Molecular Ultrafast Sciences and Technology (MUST)

Besides research, an important focus of the institute is teaching, i.e. offering courses for undergraduate, graduate and advanced levels. Our research projects attract a large number of students at Bachelor, Master and PhD thesis levels to our institute. Colloquia and a variety of seminar talks are offered to the members of the institute, students and external guests, providing the opportunity to update the scientific knowledge and to get informed about the latest developments in research.

Professor Martin Frenz
IAP Director