Nonequilibrium Physics

Many of the most fascinating and important phenomena in nature are not static. Characterizing and understanding the associated dynamics requires the development of efficient techniques that are suitable for capturing nonequilibrium situations. In order to develop strategies for controlling those dynamics, quantitative, nonperturbative many-body approaches are needed. Much of the research in this area is carried out within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter (link).

Within the WPC, research on nonequilibrium processes is linked to several fields of the physical sciences. These include

  • atomic, molecular, and optical physics
  • condensed matter physics
  • physical chemistry
  • astrophysics

Our research activities address

  • quantum dynamics in ultracold gases
  • strongly correlated and topological materials
  • non-Born-Oppenheimer processes in molecules
  • molecular and nanoscale spintronics
  • ultrafast phenomena triggered by high-intensity light
  • plasma dynamics in astrophysical environments

Groups working in this field: Ringwald, Banerjee, Schmelcher, Yan, Herrmann, Santra, Sigl, Rohringer, Thorwart, Potthoff, Jansen


Computer simulated evolution of a C60 molecule at 0, 60 and 240 femto seconds after the X-ray flash. Credit: DESY, Zoltan Jurek