The members of the Physics Department develop their scientific activities in two research units:
The Centro de Física das Universidades do Minho e do Porto (CF-UM-UP) began in 2014 and comprises the Centro de Física da Universidade do Minho (CFUM) and the Centro de Física do Porto (CFP), two formerly existing research units, recognised and evaluated by the FCT. The two Centres agreed in joining their forces and forming a comprehensive research centre in the broad area of Pure and Applied Physics. This union is supported by a Protocol signed by the Rectors of two universities. The partnership aims at building new strategies to fulfil the huge potential of more than 80 researchers with PhD constituting CF-UM-UP, in order to perform high quality research, both fundamental and applied, in Physics and adjacent areas.
The LIP node in Minho was formed in 2010, a year in which a collaboration protocol was signed between LIP and the University of Minho. It currently has about 30 members, including researchers, students and technicians. The activities of LIP in Minho are structured in four groups: Particle Physics with Accelerators, which highlights the participation in the ATLAS experiment and the phenomenological studies associated with the measurements of the top quark and Higgs boson, as well as the research of new phenomena of Physics, not foreseen by the Standard Model; Astroparticles; Advanced Computing and Scientific Outreach.