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Research training Group "Mass and Symmetries after the Discovery of the Higgs Particle at the LHC" (GRK 2044)


(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Markus Schumacher, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)






International Research Training Group "Cold Controlled Ensembles in Physics and Chemistry" (IRTG 2079)

GRK2079.jpgThe tremendous progress in experimental and theoretical atomic, molecular and optical science over the past decades opens today new avenues for tailoring and controlling matter on the quantum level. In this research field, cold and ultracold atomic and molecular systems play a key role in understanding quantum properties and quantum dynamics in well-defined systems.Related research also develops applied aspects for quantum information, metrology and laser applications, and provides far reaching progress in modern technology.

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) CoCo focuses on Cold Controlled Atomic and Molecular Ensembles to study a wide range of phenomena in physics and chemistry. The research program will break new ground in producing and characterizing cooled and trapped atomic and molecular systems and using state selectivity and quantum control to study properties and dynamics of the systems.

(Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Frank Stienkemeier, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Cooperation partner: University of British Columbia, Canada)


DFG Research Unit "Reducing complexity of nonequilibrium systems"
(FOR 5099)

Nonequilibrium processes are ubiquitous in basic research as well as technological applications. Nevertheless, the vast majority of theoretical modeling and simulation of complex systems is based on the assumption of thermodynamic equilibrium. The aim of the research unit (RU) is to develop a systematic approach to modeling dynamics and dissipation in complex systems that are far from equilibrium. To this end, the RU brings together an interdisciplinary consortium of researchers from physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering with longstanding expertise in the field of classical and quantum nonequilibrium physics, ranging from nanostructures and polymers to biomolecules and materials. Employing a broad spectrum of dynamical methods from fully quantum mechanical approaches to classical simulations, the RU will consider nonequilibrium phenomena in a variety of systems, ranging from transport processes in nanostructures and biomolecules as well as various types of friction and other dissipative processes. The overarching goal of the RU is to develop efficient and accurate theories, models and computational methods that employ a reduced description to treat nonequilibrium processes in complex systems.

(Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Stock, Additional Members: Prof. Dr. Michael Moseler, Prof. Dr. Joachim Dzubiella, Dr. Steffen Wolf, Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Breuer, Prof. Dr. Michael Thoss, Prof. Dr. Tanja Schilling)


Collaborative Research Center "Biological Design and Integrative Structures - Analysis, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture" (SFB-TRR 141)

An important characteristic of natural structures is their multi-layered, hierarchically structured, finely tuned and highly differentiated combination of a few basic molecular components leading to structures that are characterized by multiple networked functions. Recent developments in computational design, simulation and fabrication offer new options for the transfer of these principles to the macro-scale of building construction and other fields of technology. Our aim is not only to increase performance, but also to transfer the inherent ecological properties of natural constructions, i.e. mainly the efficient usage of limited resources and closed material cycles, and thereby to contribute to sustainability in architecture and technology.

(Participation: Professor Dr. Günter Reiter, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Cooperation partners: University Stuttgart, University Tübingen)

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