The research of the Physics Department is organized in three strategic THEMES consisting of 5 research groups as shown in the organogram.

Physics of Life
Biophotonics & Medical Imaging
Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Energy
Biophysics of Photosynthesis / Physics of Energy
Photo Conversion Materials

Fundamental Physics
Quantum Metrology and Laser Applications
(Astro-) Particle Physics

The first theme is in line with the strategic initiative of VU University on “Human Health and Life Science (H2LS), the second connects to the VU-initiative “Science for Sustainability” (S4S).

All our physics research activities take place in Research Institutes.
The in-house activities (at VU-Campus) are part of the VU-IOZi (Interfacultairy Research Institute): the Amsterdam Institute for Lasers, Life and Biophotonics, or LaserLaB.
The (Astro-) Particle physics activities, focusing on LHCb and gravitational waves (VIRGO), are integrated in the national institute NIKHEF.
The Quantum Metrology and Laser Applications group participates in Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL).
Moreover the Physics Department is one of the partners participating in the Amsterdam Neuroscience.