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

Tasks and Solutions of ISPhO 2023 Theoretical examination

The Theoretical Examination
Tasks Solutions
T1 Tasks T1 Solutions
T2 Tasks T2 Solutions
T3 Tasks T3 Solutions
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



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Syllabus ISPhO

Syllabus ISPhO

Task’s syllabus will correspond the syllabus used at

Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO)