PhD in

Physical Sciences

The doctorate program in Physical Sciences constitutes a collaborative effort between academics from the Department of Physical Sciences of Andrés Bello University (UNAB) and researchers from the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN).

Welcome to

Physical Sciences

We welcome the brightest students to be part of our program and encourage them to come, learn and participate in cutting-edge research. Courses are offered to give a broad treatment of both fundamental physics and specialized physics research topics. After completing the courses, doctoral candidates are required to pass a written examination in fundamental modern physics (Qualifying Exam), which is offered at the end of each semester. After passing the Qualifyng Exam, students are encouraged to establish connections with faculty members of the program, choosing one to develop a thesis project. Students accepted in our program are typically supported by scholarships.

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  • Develop an environment of critical reflection and academic dialogue among different theories and methods around the research lines of the program.
  • Educate students to conduct independent research that constitutes original and relevant scientific contributions to the advance of physical sciences.
  • Prepare students at the highest intellectual and technical level for careers in scientific research acting in the academia or research centers.
  • Contribute to the production of cutting-edge research, publishable at national and international level with ethical responsibility.

Graduate Profile

Graduates from the doctorate program in physical science are expected to have a broad knowledge of contemporary physics, extensive experience with modern research methods and the ability to perform independent research at the highest intellectual and technical level. They also are expected to have analytical and critical thinking, communication skills for scientific dissemination and advanced dominance of scientific databases.

Lines of Research

Lines of Research

Graduates can formulate and apply mathematical models of physics, including fundamental laws, that allow them to understand current theories of the Universe, the matter, and its interactions.

Graduates can formulate and develop theoretical and computational methods; apply them to describe and understand physical properties and phenomena of condensed matter and low dimensional systems at the quantum level.

Graduates can formulate and develop theoretical, computational, statistical, and experimental methods; apply them to the study of the phenomena that arise from the interaction of elementary particles, comparing the observations with predictions from theoretical models; perform data analysis, simulate events in detectors and identify possible deviations from theoretical predictions.

Graduates can formulate, develop, and apply theoretical methods and experimental techniques of diagnostic and instrumentation for the study of continuous and pulsed plasma discharges, understand their phenomena and the products generated by them, according to its behavior and its interaction with matter.

Program Director

Walter Orellana

PhD in Physical Sciences (Universidade de São Paulo, BraZil)


Faculty Members

Rodrigo Aros

PhD in Physical Sciences. (Universidad de Chile)

Lines of research: High energy physics and gravitation.

Academic Profile

Gonzalo Avaria (CCHEN)

PhD in Physics. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Lines of research: Spectroscopy, plasma physics and pulsed power.

Biswajit Bora

PhD in Physics (Gauhati University, India)

Lines of research: Plasma physics.

Mauro Cambiaso

PhD in Physical Science (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Lines of research: Theoretical physics of particles and fields; extensions to the Standard Model of particles; topological field theories, radiation-matter interactions with topological phases.

Academic Profile

Sergio Davis (CCHEN)

PhD in Applied Physics (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Lines of research: Statistical mechanics; materials physics; probability and information theory; plasma physics.

Danilo Díaz

Dr. rer. Nat., Theoretical Physics (Humboldt University, Germany)

Lines of research: High energy physics, gravitation, AdS/CFT duality.

Academic Profile

Alberto Faraggi

PhD in Physics (University of Michigan, USA)

Lines of research: High-energy physics, gravitation, holography, string theory and Wilson loops.

Academic Profile

Sergey Kovalenko

PhD in Physical Sciences and Mathematics (Joint Institute of Nuclear Research, Russia).

Lines of research: Theoretical physics of elementary particles; electroweak interactions; physics beyond the standard model; phenomenology of supersymmetry.

Sergey Kuleshov

PhD in Physical Sciences and Mathematics (Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Russia)

Lines of research: High-energy physics; experimental nuclear physics; elementary particle physics.

Academic Profile

Francisco Molina (CCHEN)

PhD in Nuclear Physics (Universidad de Valencia, Spain)

Lines of Research: Experimental nuclear physics, nuclear structures, nuclear astrophysics, neutron field study, temporary dependency in Monte Carlo simulation reactors.

Rodrigo Olea

PhD in Physical Sciences. (Universidad de Chile)

Lines of research: Gravitation; holography.

Academic Profile

Walter Orellana

PhD in Physical Sciences (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)

Lines of research: Condensed matter physics, electronic structure calculations of solids, surfaces, and nanostructures; computational material science.

Academic Profile

Cristián Pavez (CCHEN)

PhD in Physical Sciences (Universidad de Concepción)

Lines of research: Plasma physics, Fourier pptics and holography, plasma techniques for diagnosis; pulsed power.

Sebastián E. Reyes-Lillo

PhD in Physics (Rutgers University, USA).

Research lines: Condensed matter physics, first principles, ferroelectricity, solar energy conversion

Academic Profile

Leopoldo Soto (CCHEN)

PhD in Physical Sciences (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Lines of research: Plasma physics; pulsed power, applied optics, effects of intense pulsed radiation on organic and biological matter.

Per Sundell

PhD in Theoretical Physics (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

Lines of research: String theory, higher spin theories.

Academic Profile

Brenno Vallilo

PhD in Theoretical Physics (Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil)

Lines of research: String theory; supersymmetry; AdS/CFT conjecture.

Academic Profile

Jilberto Zamora

PhD in Physical Science (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María)

Lines of research: Particle Physics (phenomenology); neutrino physics; CP symmetry violation.

Academic Profile

Collaborating Academics

Renato Galleguillos

PhD in Science and Engineering of Materials (Universidad de Santiago de Chile)

Lines of research: High-power ultrasounds, fabrication of metallic nanoparticles and particle detectors.

José M. González

PhD in Molecular Physical Chemistry (Universidad Andrés Bello)

Line of research: Molecular physics, conceptual DFT and development of chemical and astrochemical indexes.

Claudia Loyola

PhD in Physical Science. (Universidad de Chile)

Lines of research: Solid state physics, structural properties of materials, computational physics.

José Moreno (CCHEN)

PhD in Physical Sciences (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Lines of research: Plasma physics, nuclear physics.

Joaquín Peralta

PhD in Physical Science. (Universidad de Chile)

Lines of research: Solid state physics, structural properties of materials, computational physics.


Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.


Applying to the PhD Program in Physical Sciences

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics or closely related subjects at undergraduate level. They must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in physics or related fields.

Applicant must arrange two letters of recommendation in the format established by the program. In selecting your recommenders, choose individuals (preferably academics) who can provide an overall evaluation of your readiness and potential to succeed as a doctoral student.

Applicants must fill and send the application form together with the degree certificates and official transcripts of records (student’s academic history), including an undergraduate ranking.

If accepted in the program and obtain a scholarship, foreign applicants must endorse his/her  documentation in the Chilean Consul in their origin countries in order to obtain a student visa. If the applicant’s country is part of the Apostille Convention, he/she must submit the documentation in this format.

Applicants will be called for a personal on-line interview where they will be asked about their motivations and interests to carry out a doctoral program, the research lines of interest, previous research activities, and they could also be asked about physics contents at undergraduate level.

Applications must be sent to the following email addresses:

Dashiell Lizama (Secretary)
[email protected]
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