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Solid State Physics, Nanophysics

In the field of solid-state physics and nanophysics we investigate the properties of nanomaterials in the solid physical state. This ranges from the investigation of optical, magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructures to the understanding of basic processes in the conversion of non-superconducting to superconducting solids. In addition, we study possible applications of these physical processes for developing of new technologies.

At the Faculty of Physics, solid-state physics and nanophysics cover various research areas. We are interested in the dynamics of optical excitations in hybrid nanostructures. We develop methods for the controlled production and characterization of novel nanomaterials, such as colloidal nanocrystals, nanotubes, or two-dimensional nanostructures. This includes the investigation of physical processes that lead to the photocatalytic conversion of sunlight into energy, or that control the transport of charge carriers in semiconductors and metals. Research groups of the faculty also deal with the analysis of fundamental processes in organic and atomically thin inorganic semiconductors as a basis for applications in solar cells, light-emitting diodes or transistors. Furthermore, we explore the link between nanophysics and biophysics to quantitatively investigate physical processes in biological systems. Quantum effects often play an essential role in nanostructures and thus link classical solid-state physics with quantum optics and quantum electronics.

Prof. Dr. Emiliano Cortés

  • Plasmonic Chemistry
  • Imaging and time-resolved electrocatalysis and photocatalysis
  • Nanomaterials for energy-conversion


Prof. Dr. Jan von Delft

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


Prof. Dr. Jochen Feldmann

  • Semiconductor nanocrystals and optoelectronics
  • Photocatalyst nanoparticles and synthetic fuels
  • Photoactive nano-bio-particles and medicine


Dr. Alexander Högele

  • Quantum optics & photonics of semiconductor nanostructures
  • Low-temperature spectroscopy of low-dimensional materials
  • Hybrid photofunctional nanosystems


Prof. Dr. Roland Kersting

  • Terahertz dynamics in nanostructures
  • Terahertz photonics
  • Instrumentation for time-resolved THz microscopy


Prof. Dr. Matthias Kling

  • Attosecond spectroscopy of molecules and nanoscale solids
  • Controlling and imaging ultrafast molecular dynamics
  • Multi-modal microscopy for medical applications


Prof. Dr. Stefan Maier

  • Nanophotonics for energy conversion, sensing and optoelectronics
  • Plasmonics and metasurfaces
  • Hybrid nanomaterials


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. Ulrich Schollwöck

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


Prof. Dr. Alexander Urban

  • Optical spectroscopy on low-dimensional single crystals
  • Halide perovskite nanocrystals
  • Exciton dynamics in semiconductor nanostructures


Prof. Dr. Thomas Weitz

  • Quantum transport in low dimen-sional materials (e.g. graphene)
  • Organic electronics: field-effect transistors, electroluminescence, sensors
  • Fundamentals of charge transport in organic semiconductors