Department of Physics and Astronomy
In the department there are six laboratories focused on various fields of physics and Tuorla astronomical observatory.
In Physics and Astronomy experimental and theoretical methods of natural sciences combine in a unique way. Modern technology brings basic research into an intimate connection with applications. At the same time development of the fundamental theories of physics is strongly connected to the latest developments in mathematics.
Physics and Astronomy are among the oldest disciplines at the University of Turku. Teaching of Physics started in the autumn semester of 1922, and teaching of Astronomy a year later when Yrjö Väisälä became professor of Physics and, later, also professor of Astronomy. Today the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a rich curriculum supported by a broad research profile. The teaching covers experimental and theoretical physics as well as astrophysics and astronomy. High-quality basic research is accompanied by original and successful development of physical applications for industrial purposes.