Faculty of Physics

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Celebratory colloquium (26. June)

After the Faculty of Physics moved into the new building on the North Campus in 2003, we would like to celebrate our 20th anniversary with you. You are cordially invited to our celebratory colloquium.

Universe on Tour (7. - 10. June)

...3 …2 …1… start: The road show “Universe on Tour – lights out! Stars on!” goes on a tour in Germany with a mobile planetarium. At 15 stations, visitors can expect an exciting planetarium show and insights into current developments in astronomical research. In Juni the Tour stops in Göttingen (Albaniplatz).

“Hightech” materials from nature

Most biological cells have a fixed place in an organism. However, cells can become mobile and move through the body, for example, during wound healing or when tumour cells divide uncontrollably and migrate through the body. Mobile and stationary cells differ in various ways, including their cytoskeleton. Researchers have succeeded in precisely measuring and describing the mechanical properties of the two filaments. In the process, they discovered parallels with non-biological materials.

MICADO enters its Manufacturing Phase

MICADO, the first light camera for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), will soon complete its design phase, and the MICADO consortium partners have started to manufacture various sub-systems of the instrument. A mini-documentary on the MICADO instrument was screened during a live event on ESO’s YouTube channel on Friday, 12 May.

Quantum-mechanical systems far from equilibrium

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”. A team of scientists will investigate how macroscopic thermodynamic behaviour emerges from the microscopic equations of motion of quantum mechanics.

Carmenes: 59 new planets discovered in four years

In four years, observations by the international Carmenes Project have led to the discovery of 59 exoplanets, a dozen of which are potentially habitable. The scientists have published the data from around 20,000 observations they made between 2016 and 2020 for a sample of 362 nearby cool stars. The project, with the participation of the University of Göttingen, uses an instrument from the Calar Alto Observatory in southern Spain.

Academic field for the future: "Matter to Life”

Göttingen and Heidelberg Universities will in future offer a joint Master's degree in the interdisciplinary pro-gramme "Matter to Life". Göttingen University President Professor Metin Tolan and the Rector of Heidelberg University, Professor Bernhard Eitel, signed an agreement to this effect yesterday in Göttingen. This kind of programme and degree are unique in Germany. Built on the approach of the Max Planck School Matter to Life: to identify the world's best early career researchers in this new field.

European Championship with side effects

The impact of the European Soccer (Football) Championship 2020 on the incidence of the Corona pandemic differed a lot among the participating countries. The extent to which the numbers of infections and deaths from COVID-19 increased depended primarily on the initial situation. This was determined by physicists in an analysis of the epidemiological data. The study involved the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, as well as the Universities of Bonn and Göttingen and the PUNCH4NFDI consortium in the national research data infrastructure.


CHE-Hochschulranking: Auch im Master Spitzenwerte für Göttinger Physik

Ab sofort ist das CHE Ranking mit den aktuellen Urteilen der Masterstudierenden online. Neu untersucht wurden die Fächer Informatik und Mathematik sowie erstmals auch das Fach Physik. Studierendenurteile und Fakten geben zusammen einen Überblick über die Studienbedingungen im Master in diesen Fächern.

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