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Arnold Sommerfeld Center

The Arnold Sommerfeld Center (ASC) is an international center for theoretical physics. Its purpose is to bring together scientists from all over the world and from all fields of theoretical physics, and to offer them an environment inducive to interactive research by both resident and visiting junior and senior scientists.

In addition, the ASC offers, much in the spirit and tradition of Arnold Sommerfeld, a large set of advanced graduate courses, seminars and workshops. Visiting scientists play a major role in these activities by contributing with teaching and by giving lectures on topics of their research interests. In this way the ASC not only contributes to the internationalization of physics education and to the education of outstanding young scientists, but also promotes scientific cooperation.

The ASC has significantly sharpened the national and international profile of the Ludwig-Maximilians- University (LMU) as a center of excellence in theoretical physics. The ASC is supported by the internationally recognized research theory groups at the LMU, whose current research focuses on cosmology and astrophysics, elementary particle physics, mathematical physics and string theory, solid state physics and nanophysics, statistical physics and biophysics, computational physics, quantum optics and quantum information.

An important interdisciplinary element of the activities of the ASC is the common organization of advanced graduate Arnold Sommerfeld auf Skierncourses. Many methods and techniques of theoretical physics are common to and successfully used in a large variety of physical contexts. Examples hereof include quantum field theory and statistical field theory, diagramatics, renormalization methods, path integral methods and numeric Monte Carlo methods. A coherent and coordinated presentation of these common techniques in the form of a basic set of advanced graduate courses deepens the awareness of the students of the common aspects in physics and in this way adds great value to their scientific training. This basic set of courses is supplemented by a variety of short lectures given by the visiting scientists, in order to bring the students into contact with topics of current research. The active participation of visiting scientists in the advanced teaching is a central goal of the ASC, since it provides the students with the unique opportunity of getting to know leading scientists at a personal level and to interact with them in small groups.

The Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics (ASC) was founded on November 5, 2004 and inaugurated on January 19, 2005.

Prof. Dr. Chase Broedersz

  • Non-equilibrium dynamics in biological systems
  • Bacterial Chromosome Organization
  • Mechanics of cells and tissues


Prof. Dr. Ilka Brunner

  • String theory
  • Conformal and topological field theories
  • Defects and boundaries in field theories


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buchalla

  • Theory of strong and electroweak interaction
  • Physics of heavy quarks, flavour physics, CP violation
  • Rare degeneration of K and B mesons


Prof. Dr. Jan von Delft

  • Mesoscopic physics
  • Electron transportation via strongly correlated nanostructures
  • Solid state-based quantum information processing


Prof. Dr. Livia Ferro

  • Scattering amplitudes in supersymmetric theories
  • Geometric description of scattering amplitudes
  • Quantum integrability in gauge theories


Prof. Dr. Georgi Dvali

  • String theory
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Cosmology and astrophysics


Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey

  • Soft matter (polymers, colloids)
  • Biological physics (cytoskeletons, molecular motors, gene regulation)
  • Basic questions of statistical physics


Prof. Dr. Stefan Hofmann

  • Classical and Quantum Field Theory
  • Cosmology
  • Mathematical Physics


Prof. Dr. Dieter Lüst

  • String theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • Gauge theories and gravitation


Prof. Dr. Peter Mayr

  • Topological string theory
  • Non-perturbative phenomena
  • Quantum geometry


Prof. Dr. Viatcheslav Mukhanov

  • General Theory of Relativity
  • Cosmology, Inflation
  • Black Holes


Prof. Dr. Belen Paredes

  • Quantum mechanics of many-body systems
  • Topological states of matter and anyons
  • Quantum entanglement and quantum information


Prof. Dr. Lode Pollet

  • Strongly correlated many-body systems
  • Ultracold atomic gases
  • Topological phases and Computational physics


Prof. Dr. Matthias Punk

  • Strongly correlated quantum systems
  • Frustrated quantum magnets and spin-liquids
  • Ultracold atomic gases


Prof. Dr. Hartmut Ruhl

  • Strong field physics
  • Quantum transport theory
  • Advanced simulation frameworks


Prof. Dr. Ivo Sachs

  • Quantum field theory, supersymmetry
  • Conformed field theory
  • String field theory with applications for cosmology and black holes


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schollwöck

  • Strongly correlated low-dimensional solids
  • Ultracold atom gases
  • Dynamics of strongly correlated quantum systems far from equilibrium


Prof. Dr. Armin Scrinzi

  • Theoretical attosecond physics
  • Computational quantum dynamics
  • Computational methods