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Research at TUM

Work at a molecular beam epitaxy plant at Walter Schottky Institute (WSI)

The research areas of the Physics Department cover a broad spectrum, going from the smallest elementary particles through biophysical systems to the properties of condensed matter.

A great advantage is the strategic location of the Physics Department, embedded in the Garching campus and closely connected with several Max Planck Institutes and other research centres. The strength of its research evidences in the successful participation in collaborative research centres, transregios, excellence clusters and relevant rankings.

Research areas

Nuclear, Particle and AstrophysicsNuclear, Particle and Astrophysics

(Spokesperson Prof. Stephan Paul)

The study of the smallest constituents of matter, the fundamental interactions and symmetries, which have played a major role in the origin of our universe.


(Spokesperson Prof. Andreas Bausch)

Biological systems, from the protein up to living cells and their associations, obey physical principles. Their research opens up interesting physical questions and new perspectives not only in physics itself but also in medicine and nanotechnology.

Condensed MatterCondensed Matter Physics

(Spokesperson Prof. Johannes Barth)

When atoms get together, it becomes interesting. Basic research on solid state elements, nanostructures and new materials with surprising properties Materialien finds applications such as lasers, solar cells, superstrong magnets or biosensors.

Research groups in the Physics Department

Experimental Chairs

E10 Chair for Experimental Physics (Prof. Grundler): Physics and applications of functional multilayers
Chair for Laser and X-ray physics (Prof. Kienberger): Quantum optics and ultrafast phenomena
E12 Chair for Experimental Physics (Prof. Krücken): Hadron and nuclear physics
E13 Chair for Experimental Physics IV (Prof. Petry, Prof. Müller-Buschbaum): Functional materials
Chair for Bioelectronics (Prof. Simmel): Physics of biomolecular systems and bionanotechnology
Chair for Experimental Astroparticle Physics (Prof. Schönert): Neutrino physics and dark matter research
E17 Chair for Applied Biophysics (Prof. Pfeiffer): Biomedical physics
E18 Chair for Physics I (Prof. Paul): Neutron physics, quark and gluonic structure of hadrons
E19 Chair for Technical Physics (Prof. Stimming): Interfaces and energy conversion
E20 Chair for Experimental Physics (Prof. Barth): Molecular nanoscience and chemical physics of interfaces
E21 Chair for Experimental Physics II (Prof. Böni): Magnetism and neutron scattering: magnetic and superconducting properties of strongly correlated electron systems under extreme conditions and materials properties using non-destructive nuclear techniques
E22 Chair for Biophysics (Prof. Rief): Molecular and celular biophysics
E23 Chair for Technical Physics (Prof. Gross): Low temperature solid-state Physics: superconductivity, magnetism and quantum systems
E24 Chair for Experimental Semiconductor Physics I (Prof. Finley): Semiconductor Quantum Nanosystems, Nanostructure photonics
E25 Chair for Experimental Semiconductor Physics II (Prof. Stutzmann): Photovoltaics, laser processing, diamond, sensors and materials, and surface functionalization
E27 Chair for Celular Biophysics (Prof. Bausch): Complex microfluids and biomaterials, cytoskeleton and biopolymer networks, and mechanosensing
E28 Plasma Edge and Wall (Prof. Stroth): Dynamics and transport processes in fusion plasmas and processes in first wall materials

Theoretical Chairs

T31 Chair for Theoretical Physics IV (Prof. Beneke): Theoretical elementary particle physics
T33 Chair for Theoretical Physics III (Prof. Vogl): Theoretical semiconductor physics
T34 Chair for Theoretical Physics V (Prof. Zwerger): Condensed matter and many-body theory
T35 Chair for Theoretical Biophysics (Prof. van Hemmen): Neuronal information processing
T37 Chair for Theoretical Physics (Prof. Netz): Bio-soft matter theory (now at Freie Universität Berlin!)
T38 Chair for Theoretical Biophysics (Prof. Zacharias): Biomolecular dynamics
T39 Chair for Theoretical Physics (Prof. Weise): Theory of the strong interaction

Experimental Areas of Expertise

E12 Experimental Physics (Prof. Bishop): Nuclear astrophysics
E12 Experimental Physics (Prof. Fabbietti): Strangeness physics in cold and warm nuclear matter (Universe cluster)
E13 Experimental Physics (Prof. Papadakis): Soft matter physics
E15 Experimental Physics (Prof. Oberauer): Astroparticle physics
E15 Experimental Physics (Prof. von Feilitzsch): Astroparticle physics
E18 Experimental Physics (Prof. Fierlinger): Fundamental physics with neutrons (Universe cluster)
E19a Technical Physics (Prof. Krischer): Nonequilibrium chemical physics
E21 Experimental Physics (Prof. Pfleiderer): Magnetic materials
E22 Experimental Biophysics (Prof. Dietz): Biomolecular nanotechnology (CIPSM cluster)
E24 Experimental Physics (Prof. Holleitner): Nanotechnologies and materials (NIM cluster)
E25 Experimental Semiconductor Physics (Prof. Brandt): New semiconductor materials and new spectroscopic methods for their characterization
E40 Experimental Physics (Prof. Hugel): Molecular machines (NIM cluster)
ECP Experimental Physics (Prof. Resconi): Experimental physics with cosmic particles (Universe cluster)

Theoretical Areas of Expertise

T30a Theoretical Physics (Prof. Friedrich): Atomic physics (emeritus)
T30c Theoretical Physics (Prof. Kleber): Electron dynamics
T30d Theoretical Physics (Prof. Ibarra): Elementary particle physics
T30e Theoretical Physics (Prof. Ratz): Astroparticle physics
T30f Theoretical Physics (Prof. Brambilla): Particle and nuclear physics
T30g Theoretical Physics (Prof. Metzler): Complex bio materials
T31 Theoretical Physics (Dr. Gorbahn): New physics beyond the standard model (Universe cluster)
T70 Theoretical Physics (Prof. Garbrecht): Theoretical physics of the early universe

Honorary Professors

Prof. Baumeister - Department of Structural Biology, MPI of Biochemistry: Molecular structural biology
Prof. Bethke - ATLAS and Jade, MPI for Physics: Particle detection
Prof. Bradshaw - Electron Spectroscopy group, MPI for Plasma Physics: Electron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation
Prof. Caldwell - GERDA, H1, muon cooling and ZEUS, MPI for Physics: Particle detection and cooling
Prof. Cirac - Theory Division, MPI of Quantum Optics: Quantum information theory, quantum optics and quantum many-body systems
Prof. Fromherz - Membrane and Neurophysics, MPI of Biochemistry: Electrical interfacing of semiconductors and of living cells
Prof. Günter - Tokamak Theory, MPI for Plasma Physics: Plasma theory and experimentally relevant tokamak theory
Prof. Hasinger - Astrophysics and Laboratory-Plasma-Studies, MPI for Plasma Physics: Astrophysical investigations of hot plasma in space and laboratory measurements in fusion facilities
Prof. Hillebrandt - Stellar Hydrodynamics, MPI of Astrophysics: Stellar hydrodynamics
Prof. Hollik - Theoretical Physics Division, MPI for Physics: Phenomenology of high energy physics
Prof. Paretzke - German Research Center for Environmental Health: Radioecology and risk analysis (emeritus)
Prof. Rempe - Quantum Dynamics, MPI of Quantum Optics: Bose-Einstein condensation, cavity quantum electrodynamics, quantum information processing and colar polar molecules
Prof. Schmitz - MPI for Physics (emeritus)
Prof. Wilhelm - MPI for Plasma Physics (emeritus)

Campus Garching

With nearly 5000 employee and 10.000 students, the Garching research campus on the north of Munich is one of the largest centres for science, research and teaching in Germany. A unique concentration of scientific and technological research institutions, it is the biggest location comprehending institutions of the TUM, the Max Planck Society, the Ludwig Maximilian University, the Bavarian Academy of Science, as well as numerous other renowned institutions and companies. Their specialist areas range from basic research to the development of promising high-tech applications.

The Garching research campus continuosly grows as new institutes and companies are under construction, enriching the variety of subjects and cooperations among disciplines.

The enormous diversity of interdisciplinary departments and research institutes on campus Garching is reflected in the lectures offered for the degree programmes in physics. Through international networking and over cooperations and projects with industrial partners in the Munich area, you will gain invaluable experience and lay the foundations of your future!

Collaborative institutes

TUM Central Institutes

  • Research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)
  • Central Institute of Basic Physics of Semiconductor Electronics - Walter Schottky Institute (WSI)
  • Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)
  • Institute of Medical Engineering (IME.TUM)

Campus Garching and surroundings

  • LMU and TUM Maier Leibnitz Laboratory (MLL)
  • Walther Meissner Institute (WMI)
  • Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS)
  • Helmholtz Centre Munich
  • Bavarian Centre for Applied Energy Research (ZAE)
  • Society for Plant and Reactor Safety (GRS), location Garching

Max Planck Institutes

  • Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPBC)
  • Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestial Physics (MPE)
  • Max Planck Institute of Physics / Werner Heisenberg Institute (MPP)
  • Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP)
  • Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ)

Collaborative research centres and Transregios

Collaborative research centres (CRC) and CRC/Transregios are research funding programmes from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is a central and self-governing research funding organisation in Germany.

Excellence clusters