Institutes and research groups

At the Institute for Applied Physics all work groups deal with different questions in the field of modern optics. The major fields of research are state-of-the-art laser systems including semiconductor lasers, storage and cooling of single atoms using laser traps and quantum cryptography.

All work groups with a theoretical background are located at building S2|09. The work groups with an experimental background are located at building S2|15.

Photo Name Research group Contact
Prof. Dr. Gernot Alber
Theoretical Quantum Physics
+49 6151 16-20400
S2|09 2
Prof. Dr. Vincent BagnoudPHELIX laser facility, ultrahigh-intensity laser physics and development, relativistic laser-plasma interactions
+49 6159 71 1433
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Birkl
+49 6151 16-20410
S2|15 126
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Elsäßer
Semiconductor Optics
Prof. Dr. Enno Giese
Theoretical Quantum Optics
+49 6151 16-20162
S2|15 147
Prof. Dr. Markus GräfeExperimental Solid State Quantum Optics
+49 6151 16-20451
S2|15 142
Prof. Dr. Thomas Halfmann
Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics
+49 6151 16-20740
S2|07 8
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Walser
Theoretical Quantum Dynamics
+49 6151 16-20320
S2|09 104
Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther
Group Head
Laser and Quantum Optics
+49 6151 16-20830
S2|15 114

The research interest of the Institute for Condensed Matter Physicsis in the understanding and control of condensed matter with emphasis on soft matter and disordered systems. These include, e.g. polymers, colloidal dispersions, sediments as well as biologically relevant systems. These exhibit a hierarchy of internal structures and length scales, as well as a variety of characteristic time scales. It is important to understand how macroscopic properties result from microscopic structure. Here, collaboration between experimental and theoretical physicists is essential, as well as close cooperation with chemistry, engineering, materials science, and biology.

The institute for condensed matter physics is located in the buildings S2|04 – S2|08.

Photo Name Research group Contact
Apl. Prof. Dr. Thomas Blochowicz
Head of basic lab courses
Structure and Dynamics of Amorphous Systems
+49 6151 16-21601
S2|07 64
Prof. Dr. Barbara DrosselTheory of Complex Systems
+49 6151 16-21321
S2|07 17
Prof. PhD. Marco DuranteRadiation Biophysics, Biophysics Department (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research)
S2|07 163
Prof. Dr. Benno LiebchenTheory of Soft Matter
+49 6151 16-24509
S2|04 104
Prof. Dr. Emanuel Schneck Soft Matter Biophysics
+49 6151 16-20530
S2|04 105
Prof. Dr. Bernhard UrbaszekHybrid Quantum Systems
+49 6151 16-21210
S2|07 156
Prof. Dr. Michael Vogel
Managing director of the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics
Molecular Dynamics of Soft Matter
+49 6151 16-21500
S2|07 82
Prof. Dr. Regine von Klitzing
Soft Matter at Interfaces
+49 6151 16-24506
S2|04 102

The experimental orientation of the Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt is strongly related to the linear accelerator S-DALINAC operated there. Here, research and teaching is carried out in the fields of nuclear structure physics, nuclear astrophysics, relativistic heavy ion physics, plasma and astroparticle physics, accelerator physics and related fields in experimental and theoretical working groups.

The experimental groups and the linear accelerator are mostly located in building S2|14. The theoretical working groups have their premises in the IKP Theory Centre in building S2|11.

Photo Name Research group Contact
Prof. Dr. Almudena Arcones
Theoretical Astrophysics
+49 6151 16-21547
S2|11 107
Prof. Dr. Thomas Aumann
Experimental Nuclear Physics
+49 6151 16-23530
S2|14 414
Prof. Dr. Jens Braun
Vice Chairperson, Academic Affairs (BSc. and MSc. programmes)
Renormalization Group, flow equations, Gauge Theories, Strongly-coupled fermionic systems, QCD phase diagram, Finite-Volume Effects in Quantum Field Theories, Cold atomic gases, Many-body physics
+49 6151 16-21549
S2|11 109
Prof. Dr. Joachim Enders
Student's dean for teachers and Masters of Education
Experimental and technical nuclear physics
+49 6151 16-23560
S2|14 308
Prof. Dr. Tetyana Galatyuk
Exploring quark matter with virtual photons
+49 6151 16-23565
S2|14 221
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Paolo Giubellino
+49 6159 71 2649
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Hammer
+49 6151 16- 21560
S2|11 106
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kröll
+49 6151 16-23570
S2|14 306
Prof. Dr. Stephan KuschelLaboratory Astrophysics
S2|14 319
Prof. Dr. Gabriel Martinez-Pinedo
Theoretical Nuclear Physics
+49 6159 71 2750
GSI KBW 2.09
Prof. Dr. Daniel Mohler
Theoretical hadron physics, Meson–baryon scattering and baryon resonances, hadron reactions and nucleon-resonances
+49 6159 71 2757
GSI SB3 4.146
Prof. Ph.D. Guy D. Moore
+49 6151 16-21567
S02|11 303
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Nörtershäuser
+49 6151 16-23575
S2|14 410
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Obertelli
Experimental nuclear physics with radioactive nuclei
+49 6151 16-23539
S2|14 420
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Norbert Pietralla
Managing director of the Institute for Nuclear Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics and S-DALINAC
+49 6151 16-23540
S2|14 316
Prof. Dr. Markus Roth
Laser- and Plasmyphysics
+49 6151 16-23580
S2|14 321
Prof. Dr. Robert Roth
Theoretical Nuclear and Many-Body Physics, Ab Initio Nuclear Structure Theory, Ultracold Atomic Gases, Computational Physics
+49 6151 16-21540
S2|11 204
Prof. Ph.D. Achim Schwenk
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+49 6151 16-21550
S2|11 205

The group Didactics of Physics deals with questions of teaching and learning physics, especially from the perspective of Conceptual Change: learners do not come to class as blank slates. Rather, they have deeply anchored ideas about physical phenomena and concepts through their everyday experience. These so-called pre-concepts influence the teaching-learning processes to a great extent. It remains a great challenge to initiate a conceptual change from the pre-concept to the subject concept in the classroom.

Both basic research and the development and implementation of materials are necessary here in order to enable a learning-effective implementation of the findings. For this purpose, Design-Based Research offers a research-based approach to further develop the field-specific teaching-learning theories and at the same time to implement a systematic theory-practice transfer.

The Physics Didactics group is located in building S2|01.

Photo Name Research group Contact
Prof.'in Dr. Verena Spatz
Vice Chairperson, Teacher training
physics education
+49 6151 16-20470
S2|01 203