Prof. Dr. Gisela Anton

Astroparticle physics
Neutrino astronomy, neutrino physics
Detector development
Medical physics

Prof. Dr. Martin Eckstein

Theory of strongly correlated solids
Dynamical molecular field theory
Quantum mechanical many body systems far beyond equilibrium

Prof. Dr. Christopher van Eldik

Astro particle physics
Ground based gamma astronomy with H.E.S.S. and CTA.
Galactic gamma sources
Development of advanced reconstruction and analyzing algorithms

Prof. Dr. Ben Fabry

Biomechanics of cells and tissues
Molecular and cellular mechanosensing and mechanotransduction
Microscopy techniques in cell biology
Active matter and complex living systems

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fauster

Surface physics:
Electronic structure of metal and semiconductor surfaces
Ultra thin metal films
Photoelectron spectroscopy with femtosecond laser excitation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Funk

Astroparticle physics
Gamma astronomy
Origin of cosmic rays
Search for dark matter

Prof. Dr. Kristina Giesel

Loop quantum gravity
General theory of relativity
Quantum field theory

Prof. Dr. Stephan Götzinger

Solid state and quantum optics
Single molecule microscopy and spectroscopy

Prof. Dr. Philipp Hansmann

  • Working group: Professur für Theoretische Physik mit dem Schwerpunkt Molekulare Materialien (Prof. Dr. Hansmann)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-28836
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- Treatment of strongly correlated compounds with material-realistic models: transition metal oxides, correlated surface lattices, organic superconductors
- Spectroscopy from photoemission (PES, ARPES) to core level techniques (XAS, RIXS, NIXS)
- Cluster extensions of dynamical mean-field theory

Prof. Dr. Michael J. Hartmann

quantum simulation
quantum computing
superconducting circuits
dissipative quantum many-body systems
quantum optics

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heber

Quantitative spectroscopy of hot stars in the UV and optical spectrum
Physics of stellar atmospheres
Empirical studies on the late evolution stage of stars and on the structure of the galaxy

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hensel

Medical engineering for the cardiovascular system
Biomaterials, materials for cardiological implants
Biosignal processing
Monitoring of cardiovascular respiratory system
numerical simulation of physiological processes

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hock

X-ray and neutron diffraction for crystallography and material sciences
Real structure and properties of polycrystalline and semicrystalline materials
Rietveld method
Questions on element distribution
Texture and internal stress measurements
Diffraction in complex sample environments

Prof. Dr. Peter Hommelhoff

Nano optics
Strong field physics
Attosecond physics
Laser based particle accelaration
Quantum optics
Electron optics
Quantum electron microscopy

apl. Prof. Dr. Martin Hundhausen

Vibronic properties of solids
Semiconductor spectroscopy
Applications of photovoltaics

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Joly

Photonic crystal fibers (PCF)
Nonlinear optics in PCF and dynamics of ring cavities

Prof. Dr. Uli Katz

Astroparticle physics
Detection of high energy cosmic neutrinos in neutrino telescopes
Acoustic particle detection
TeV gamma astronomy
Detector development

Prof. Dr. Vojislav Krstic

Magneto-electronic transport in one and two dimensional systems
Transport and optical properties of chiral nanosystems
Contact interfaces, doping, scattering mechanisms and topology in materials and devices

Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs

Quantum optics
Micro optics
Diffractive optics
Optical measurement and testing technology

apl. Prof. Dr. Norbert Lindlein

Optics design and simulation,
Diffractive optics
Optical measuring technique

Prof. Dr. Sabine Maier

Surface physics
Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and non contact scanning force microscopy (NC-AFM)
Structure and reactions of molecules on surfaces

Prof. Dr. Florian Marquardt

Nano physics and quantum optics
Decay time of coherence in quantum systems
Quantum electrodynamics in superconducting circuits

Prof. Dr. Janina Maultzsch

Solid state physics: optical and electronical properties of novel low dimensional materials
Two-dimensional crystals, e.g. transition metal dichalcogenides, graphene/graphite, carbon nanotubes
Light-matter interaction and plasmonic structures

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke

Statistical physics
Biophysics and soft matter physics
Geometry and topology
Tomography and scattering theory
Interfaces and thin films
Porous and granular matter

Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Meyn

Interdisciplinary physics education
Didactical editing of current research topics
Advanced training for teachers at general secondary schools

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Neder

Synthesis and structual investigations on nano particles
Study of defects in crystals
Development of simulation algorithms for the characterization of disordered crystals
Evaluation of diffuse X-ray and neutron diffraction patterns
Analyzing the pair distribution function of disordered crystals

Prof. Dr. Anna Nelles

  • Working group: Professur für Experimentelle Astroteilchenphysik, insbesondere Radionachweis von Neutrinos
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-27086
  • Email:

Astroparticle physics,
Radio detection of neutrinos,
IceCube-Gen2, LOFAR,
Lightning and clouds

apl. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Ristein

Electronical and optical properties of semiconductor surfaces
Electronics and electro chemistry of semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces
Electronics of particulate systems,
Synthesis and characterisation of diamond

Prof. Philip Russell, D.Phil., FRS

Novel optical materials
Photonic crystal fibers
Light-matter interaction on small scales

Prof. Dr. Hanno Sahlmann

Quantum gravity
Loop quantum gravity
General theory of relativity
Alternative theories of gravitation
Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Mathematical physics

Prof. Dr. Vahid Sandoghdar

Quantum optics
High resolution microscopy
Nano biophotonics

Prof. Dr. Manami Sasaki

Multiwavelength astronomy
Physics of the interstellar medium and supernova remnants
Star formation
Evolution of galaxies

Prof. Dr. Michael Schmiedeberg

Soft condensed matter
Quasi crystals
Glassy dynamics and gels
Complex colloidal arrangements
Anomalous diffusion
Motility of bacteria

Prof. Dr. Kai Phillip Schmidt

Theoretical solid state physics
Topological quantum systems
Correlated many particle quantum systems
Quantum magnetism
Frustrated systems

Prof. Dr. M. Alexander Schneider

Surface physics
Electronic properties of nano structures and adsorbates on surfaces, many electron effects
Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

Prof. Dr. Ana-Suncana Smith

Statistical physics of systems with reduced dimensionality: molecular modelling of reactive solid-liquid interfaces, complex transport, hydrodynamic interactions, self-propulsion
Biophysics: adhesive properties of membranes
Organisation and growth of tissues in modulating micro-environments
Mechanosensing and mechanotransduction

Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemann

General theory of relativity
Quantum field theory
Gauge theory
High energy and astroparticle physics
Mathematical physics

Prof. Dr. Tobias Unruh

  • Working group: Professur für Nanomaterialcharakterisierung (Streumethoden) im Rahmen des Exzellenzclusters EAM (Prof. Dr. Unruh)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-25189
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Structure and dynamics of complex colloidal systems
Dynamics in molecular liquids and membranes
Quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering (QENS, INS),
X-ray and neutron small angle scattering (SAXS, SANS),
Molecular dynamics simulation

Prof. Dr. Heiko B. Weber

Electronic properties of solids: single molecule contacts
Epitaxially grown graphene
Molecular materials and high power semiconductors

Prof. Dr. Jörn Wilms

High energy astrophysics (space based X-ray and gamma astronomy) with focus on emission processes from accreting black holes and neutron stars
Preparation of future satellite missions
Broadband emission from active galactic nuclei

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Zanthier

Quantum phenomena with single stored ions
Quantum optics and photon statistics
Quantum information processing
Many particle entanglement
Quantum imaging