The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
At present, about 1700 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the
most popular degrees being the Diplom and the state exam required to become a teacher in higher
education. Moreover, the faculty contributes to the curricula of many other faculties, most
notably Computer Science, Microsystems Engineering, Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology,
The main areas of research at the Institute of Mathematics are: algebra, number theory, geometry,
analysis, model theory, algorithmic logic, theory and numerics of partial differential equations,
and, finally, stochastics and financial mathematics. The section for didactics of mathematics is
a special teaching unit providing practical skills for teachers. The Institute of Mathematics
hosts the DFG (German Research Foundation) research unit 'Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations'
as well as the DFG research training group 'Mathematical Logic and Applications'.
The Institute of Physics comprises three interconnected branches of research: particles and fields
with research groups in experimental particle physics, field theory, quantization, gravity, and
particle phenomenology, atomic-, molecular-, and optical physics with research groups in experimental
atomic-, molecular and cluster physics as well as theoretical quantum dynamics, and complex systems
with research groups in theoretical and experimental polymer- and solid-state physics, stochastic
dynamical systems, and theoretical biosystems analysis. The Institute of Physics hosts the DFG
research training group 'Physics at Hadron Colliders', and physicists of the institute contribute
to international research centres such as CERN, Fermilab, and DESY.
The faculty has close connections to the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics and to various
institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft such as the Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the
Institute for Applied Solid-State Physics IAF, the Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques
IPM and the Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM. Moreover, the faculty contributes to the
university's interdisciplinary research centres for materials research, for data analysis and modeling,
and for biosystems analysis.