The Department

Profile of the Faculty

Applied physicists have a different view on the world around us. Physical phenomena turn into challenges, fascinating questions to investigate and analyze. But as an applied physicist you go one step further, by applying your knowledge of these phenomena in new technological developments. In many cases these are ambitious projects, in which working in teams with people from other disciplines is a central factor

Education and Research

The Department of Applied Physics is one of nine faculties at TU/e. The department teaches the bachelor's degree of Applied Physics and the master¹s degrees of Applied Physics and Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion.

Furthermore, fundamental research is carried out at the faculty of Applied Physics. The department has three research clusters: Functional Materials, Transport Physics, and Plasma Physics and Radiation Technology. The 12 groups in the department are embedded in one of those three research clusters.

The research within the functional materials research cluster has a strong focus on Nano Science and Technology. Together with the related areas at other TU¹s, a large part of the research is embedded in NanoNed. The research in Eindhoven is characterized by a strong focus on nanostructured materials and their application in devices

Most of the research in the transport physics cluster is embedded in the national Research School J.M. Burgers Centrum. Within that center, Eindhoven has a distinct profile. The research activities focus around turbulence, mixing phenomena in (geophysical) flows, and the transport phenomena of mass and heat in micro- and nanofluidic devices.

The plasma physics and radiation technology research cluster has a unique position in the Netherlands, both in terms of size and in terms of research area. Only the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen has activities in a similar area. Research is focused on plasma materials processing, light sources, life sciences, extreme plasma physics and nuclear fusion.