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Department of Applied Physics
The Department of Applied Physics, one of the largest departments at Aalto University School of Science, pursues vigorous research activities in the field of physical sciences with important industrial applications and technological potential. Much of the research is focused on condensed-matter and materials physics, on quantum physics and nano-optics, and on advanced energy sciences.
The Department has strong traditions in experimental as well as in computational and theoretical physics research. It hosts the COMP Center of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience and the newly established National Nanomicroscopy Center. The total personnel of roughly 160 persons include 15 professors, 43 senior academic and 15 supportive staff members, and 90 full-time doctoral students. Additionally, nearly 50 undergraduate students work part time in the Departmentís research groups.
The Department also provides extensive basic physics education for students from other departments of Aalto University School of Science. Roughly 30 new M.Sc. students following the Departmentís curriculum graduate on a yearly basis. The Department also has a strong emphasis on doctoral education with the number of D.Sc. degrees granted per year reaching between 15 and 25. The Department coordinates the national Graduate School in Materials Physics, which has more than 200 students in seven participating universities, and it has an active role in four other Graduate Schools.