Research at the Institute of Physics

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Research groups


Research topics

Research at the Institute of Physics can be grouped into the three main research areas:

A strong atomic and molecular physics group, with expertise ranging from mathematical physics over ion trap, Bose-Einstein condensation and Rydberg physics to femtosecond spectroscopy of macro-molecular structures, together with the sun physics group, strongly relies on light-matter-interaction for the detailed analysis of complex structures and transport processes on very diverse scales. Classical and quantum theory of complex systems, with a strong computational component, join with experimental polymer science, nano-magnetism and photovoltaic research in the broad context of condensed matter and applied physics.

The institute has strong and internationally very visible experimental and theoretical particle physics groups. The experimental programme is focussed on experiments at the European Centre for particle physics, CERN, in Geneva/Switzerland. Physicists from the institute have contributed significantly to the discovery of the Higgs boson via their strong involvement in the ATLAS experiment. Another research line is the direct search for dark matter with low-background detectors. The activities in particle theory range from precision studies of the strong and electroweak interactions over quantum-field-theoretical aspects to the exploration of model extensions with new theoretical structures.   

Research projects and postgraduate qualification programmes


Cooperations und participating Research Centers

Professors of the institute hold joint appointments with external institutes in Freiburg, such as the Kiepenheuer-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (IWM) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Members of the institute pursue research programmes at one of the academic centers of the university or are fellow at ther Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).


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