Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

160. obljetnica rođenja Andrije Mohorovičića        21. travnja - DAN PMF-a


Department of Physics includes outstanding scientific and educational performance and integration in the European Research Area as a recognizable regional center for research and work at university-level in physics. Promotes science in the Republic of Croatia, and at the local community level, participates in the developing of educational program for teaching of physics in primary and secondary education, and contribute to the technological development of Croatia


In 2014/2015 there are 555 students enrolled in 6 programmes of the integral undergraduate and graduate study of physics (research physics, educational physics, educational physics and computer science, educational physics and technology, educational physics and chemistry, educational mathematics and physics) and 140 students in doctoral study. The current academic staff of the Department consist of 48 teachers and 38 lecturers, assistans or students in the postgraduate doctoral study in physics.


Department of Physics promote scientific excellence through participation at internationally relevant and competitive researches - both basic and applied ones. Develop innovative educational programs based on research and the latest scientific discoveries. Participate in the European Research Area with Croatian researchers and students as equal participants.


Departmental teaching facilities include 2 lecture halls, 4 medium classrooms, library with reading rooms, 2 computer labs, 7 student laboratory classrooms, 3 seminar rooms, workshop and a dozen of advanced research laboratories. Central Library for Physics has more than 15,000 books and 500 journals. Scientific collection has few thousands of devices and books.


Experimental Physics Division has particular interest in experimental solid state physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear physics, and physics of medium and high energy, astrophysics, biophysics and methodology of educational physics.
The Experimental Physics Division is home to highly-advanced research. Members of the Division are successful supervisors and leaders of international and national competitive projects.



Beginnings of university-level teaching of physics in Zagreb reaches back to 17th century. The first professor was Stjepan Glavač (1627-1680), and Physics was lectured for the first time in 1664. The teaching of physics continued in the same intensity even after 1669 when the Jesuit Academy in Zagreb has obtained the rights and privileges as a University.


Theoretical Physics Division  is Croatia's flagship research center in the field of theoretical physics, in particular in atomic and nuclear physics, optics and photonics, physics of condensed matter, and biophysics. Members of the Division  publish their frontier research work in leading international scientific journals and lead a number of competitive research projects and agreements on international scientific cooperation.


Theoretical Physics Division of Particles and Fields covers research subjects Gravitation and black holes and Phenomenology of elementary particles and fields. Research projects are Graparion - Gravity and parity violation and MIAU - Matter and Interactions at Accelerators and in Universe.

Theoretical Physics Division of Condensed Matter covers theoretical investigations that are focussed on the understanding of behavior of high-temperature superconductors, and on the elucidation of the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity. Electronic and optical properties of artificially fabricated systems of low dimensionality and nanoscopic size are also under investigation.

Our Research Highlights

A paper in Scientific Reports 5, 14761 (2015)  presents for the first time measurement of the hyperfine magnetic field in magnetic material based on carbon.

We have shown that plasmons in graphene facilitate extremely strong nonlinear optical interactions, even at the few-quantum level.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 236801 (2015)

Here we develop a physical model that describes how kinesin-8 motors affect nuclear centering by promoting a microtubule catastrophe.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 078103 (2015)

Diluted magnetic semiconductors possessing intrinsic static magnetism at high temperatures represent a promising class of multifunctional materials with high application potential in spintronics and magneto-optics.

Nature Scientific Reports 5, 7703 (2015)

A novel heterometallic oxalate-based compound, made of a 3D anionic network is used as a single-source precursor for preparation of the mixed-metal oxide CoMn2O4 through its thermal decomposition. 

Inorg. Chem.,53,9633 (2014)

We consider dc-electronic transport through a nanowire suspended between two normal-metal leads in the presence of an external magnetic field. 

Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 186802

The integral cross section of the 12C(n,p)12B reaction has been determined for the first time in the neutron energy range from threshold to several GeV at the n_TOF facility at CERN. 

Phys. Rev. C 90, 021601 (2014)

We report systematic 17O-NMR measurements on the high-Tc cuprate (CaxLa1−x)(Ba1.75−xLa0.25+x)Cu3Oy.

Phys. Rev. B 90, 054508 (2014)

We theoretically predict synthetic Lorentz force for classical (cold) atomic gases, which is based on the Doppler effect and radiation pressure. 

Phys. Rev. A 89, 063415 (2014)