International Scientific Physics Olympiad

The International Scientific Physics Olympiad as an opportunity to prove your knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics in your homeland’s national team

  • With the scope of expanding cooperation between the countries in terms of finding and supporting talented youngsters, we invite national physics teams to take part in International Scientific Physics Olympiad (ISPhO) in 2024.
  • The Olympiad is planned to be held from July 3 to July 11, 2024 in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia. The Government of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug–Yugra and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) backed by the Russian Ministry of Education act as the Olympiad organizers.



ISPhO 2024 – First Circular

ISPhO 2024 – Second Circular

ISPhO 2024 – Schedule

ISPhO 2024 – Newsletter

Tasks and Solutions of ISPhO 2024 

Theoretical Examination
T1 Solutions
T2 Solutions
T3 Solutions
Experimental Examination
E1 Solutions


Awards for the participants
Best team results
Special prizes

Science Fest


Dear team leaders, participants, and guests of the Olympiad!

We're kicking off the second season of the ISPhO Science Festival. This year, we're shaking things up a bit. We'll still have the lectures on physics, engineering, and interdisciplinary sciences that help you expand your horizons and prepare for the challenges at ISPhO. But we're also adding a methodical part with the specific problems.

So, the lecture we're starting with is "Cold atoms and ions in traps" by Dr. Ksenia Khabarova. She'll be talking about miracles in the world of quantum technologies, like how and why to trap and cool atoms and ions.

And to our first lecture, we've got some problems for you to work on. There are some extra details about the theory in the problems, so you can practice and consolidate what you've learned from the lecture. You can use literally anything to solve the problems. Some of them involve modelling with Python, but you don't need to know how to code (we've published instructions here).

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Ion traps

We've also published hints for all the problems here:

T1. Stability in Paul trap

T2. "Photo" of ion

Solution tab is available now!
Also, we suggest using "Edu" mode.

2. Our 2nd lecture is "Ferroelectrics" by Natalia Gervits, PhD.

Ferroelectrics are dielectric materials possessing spontaneous electric polarization which can be switched to tuned by external electric field. What else is there? Let's explore!

Please find the tasks and some additional theory for the lecture:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Ferroelectricity

As before, the hints are here:

T3. Spontaneous ferroelectric polarization

T4. Ferroelectric hysteresis

Solution tab is available now!

3. The third lecture is "Cosmology" by Valeria Sirota.

Through the history of the universe and its expansion, we will explore the most important parts of the subject.

And here are tasks&theory related to Cosmology topic:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Cosmology

The hints are here:

T5. Newtonian Universe

T6. Quintessence

The Solutions are in the specific tab (do not forget to use the "Edu" mode).

4. The 4th lecture is the - "Reflection of electromagnetic waves and spectroscopic ellipsometry" by DrSc Alexander Dorofeenko.

What is ellipsometry and how it is related to waves reflection - let's figure out!

New tasks and hints are also available:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Reflection of electromagnetic waves and spectroscopic ellipsometry

T7. Fresnel equations

T8. Cauchy’s transmission equation

T9. Sapphire deposition optical control

5. The 5th lecture is out now and this one is about "Memristors"
by Anna Frolova, MS.

Memristors allow memory and processing in the same place, reducing energy consumption by up $${10}^{3}$$ times. Let's learn more about them!

The Tasks+Theory on the topic "Memristors" are also out now:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Memristors

The hints are here:

T10. Memristive properties of gas-discharge lamps

T11. Thermistor hysteresis

6. Today, we're moving on to the next event in our Festival with the "On the basics of semicondactors physics" lecture by Sergey Nikolaev, PhD.

We'll look at this topic from the history of semiconductors and to the basic concepts and new horizons opened up after the discovery of graphene.

New tasks and hints are out now:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Semiconductor

T12. Semiconductor band gap

T13. Charge carriers in semiconductor

T14. PN junction physics

7. Today we're going to talk about "Plasma Physics" with Dr. Mikhail Tsventoukh.

What makes plasma of large intensity?
How and why to treat plasma as a superconductor?
Why we have to confine hot plasma?
Let's find out about this and much more about plasma physics in our lecture!

Please find the tasks and some additional theory here:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Plasma Physics

The hints are here:

T15. Plasma oscillations

T16. Collisions in plasma

8. And the last lecture of this Festival season is the -
"Shock wavesby Vladimir Zhmur.

Why and how do they form? What physical properties of the medium are necessary for the existence of shock waves? What is the simplest way to describe shock waves? Let's learn about it!

Last tasks&hints set-up:

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. Shock waves

T17. Oblique shock wave

T18. Trinity

9. And finally, we would like to share with you the
"Photosensitive Proteins by Anton Zalygin, Ph.D.

We've put the task related to the subject so you can quickly remember what it was about. The task is from the Russian Team selection tests 2019. You can find out more on the website https://xy.pho.rs (in Russian only).

ISPhO 2024. Science festival. LG proteins

T19. Patch-clamp

Нет ни одной олимпиады в этом мероприятии.


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Syllabus ISPhO

Syllabus ISPhO

Task’s syllabus will correspond the syllabus used at

Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO)