Division V - Physics and Mathematics

Division 5 comprises research, teaching, and innovation in Physics and Mathematics. Research is carried out at 21 institutes and 3 Helmholtz programmes „From Matter to Materials and Life (MML)“, „Matter and Technology (MT)“ and „Matter and the Universe (MU)“.
Research topics are Geometry, Groups and Topology, Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Models as well as Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Solid State and Quantum Physics, Applied Physics, and Geophysics, with intensive collaboration between experiment and theory.

Research oriented teaching at the KIT Departments for Mathematics und Physics is an essential part of the teaching at almost all study courses at KIT.

The scientists of Division 5 are engaged in numerous national and international projects and research collaborations and operate the large research infrastructures GridKa, KARA, KATRIN and TLK.

Head of Division

Prof. Dr. Marc Weber
Tel. +49 721 608 28220

Contact the Division Office

Mathematics - Quanta - Complexity - Universe

Detecting Neutrinos with Virtual Reality
Detecting Neutrinos with Virtual Reality

New virtual reality environment makes KIT's neutrino experiment KATRIN accessible to everyone

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KIT Again Granted Humboldt ProfessorshipM. Scott Brauer
KIT Again Granted Humboldt Professorship

Markus Klute was decisively involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson - He is awarded Germany's most highly endowed international research prize

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New Materials: When Sound Waves Move Backwards
New Materials: When Sound Waves Move Backwards

Researchers in the cluster of excellence 3D Matter Made to Order use rotons for metamaterials - Nature Communications publishes first results

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BlümerBL 5
Prof. Johannes Blümer appointed as Science Ambassador at UNSAM

Prof. Dr. Johannes Blümer (former Head of Division 5) was appointed as “Science Ambassador of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM)” by vice rector Prof. Dr. Alberto Carlos Frasch. Prof. Blümer has strongly promoted the cooperation with UNSAM in Argentina, especially in the last 10 years. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from UNSAM. Now he has additionally received the title "Science Ambassador", which entitles him to act on behalf of UNSAM at any German science and technology organization.

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Printed Circuits Protect SensorsHS Offenburg + KIT
Printed Circuits Protect Sensors

"sensIC" research project combines materials science and cybersecurity - physical unclonable functions act as electronic identifiers

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A Molecule That Responds to Light
A Molecule That Responds to Light

A novel light-spin interface with europium(III) molecule advances development of quantum computers

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Quantum Technology: Adaptable Quantum Bits
Quantum Technology: Adaptable Quantum Bits

New method developed with KIT participation. Targeted electrical pulses enable precise control of electrical resistance

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Prof. Schmidt@KIT-Fakultät für Mathematik
Trauer um Prof. Claus Günther Schmidt

Prof. Schmidt ist am 26. März 2021 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Er war von 1989 bis zu seinem Eintritt in den Ruhestand 2018 Professor für Mathematik am Institut für Algebra und Geometrie. Seine wissenschaftliche Liebe galt der Zahlentheorie. In seiner unaufgeregten und zuverlässigen Art hat Prof. Schmidt die Fakultät für Mathematik in verschiedenen Funktionen unterstützt, insbesondere als Dekan von 1995 bis 1997 und als Studiendekan in den Jahren 2005 bis 2007. Wir behalten ihn als ambitionierten Forscher, engagierten Lehrer und angenehmen Kollegen in Erinnerung.

Teilchenphysik: Höchstenergetisches Neutrino gemessenMartin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Particle Physics: High-energy Neutrino Measured

Neutrino from outside the solar system confirms open theory of particle physics. KIT involved in IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

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PD Dr. Gudrun Thäter in the Board of the DMV

PD Dr. Thäter (IANM) was elected to the Board of the German Mathematical Association (DMV) where she will serve as editor of the DMV releases from 2021 to 2024.

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Technologis for more powerful quantum computersChristoph Hohmann
Technologies for more Powerful Quantum Computers

KIT researchers study use of superconducting qubits based on novel materials and fabrication methods

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Dr. Haghighirad, Prof. Arneth, Prof. Butterbach-Bahl, Prof. Janek, Prof. Passerini, Prof. Puchta, Prof. Stamatakis, Prof. Wegener (from top left to bottom right). (Photos: KIT; Georg Kronenberg; private)
"Highly Cited Researchers" from the KIT

This year, eight KIT researchers are among the most frequently cited scientists in the world.

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