Institut für Theoretische Physik

The Institute for Theoretical physics is home to a large range of research activities, covering quantum field theory, particle physics, cosmology, statistical physics, soft matter, biophysics, and condensed matter theory. Researchers at ITP use both analytical and computational methods at the frontier of these research fields, which is reflected in the institute’s leading role in the theoretical physics curriculum at all levels. The ITP has a long and storied history, with seminal research originating here, e.g., on the development of quantum mechanics and the foundations of quantum field theory.

New Research Unit studying the non-equilibrium physics of quantum “many-body” systems

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund a new Research Unit studying the non-equilibrium physics of quantum “many-body” systems at the University of Göttingen. The title of this ambitious programme is “Quantum thermalization, localization, and constrained dynamics with interacting ultracold atoms”. A team of scientists will investigate how macroscopic thermodynamic behaviour emerges from the microscopic equations of motion of quantum mechanics.

Membership "Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina" Prof. Dr. Annette Zippelius


The Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina has been the German National Academy of Sciences since 2008. It scientifically reviews and addresses key issues of prospective significance to society. The Academy operates irrespective of political and economic objectives. Its findings are conveyed to policy makers and the public alike and are nationally and internationally advocated.