Felix Bloch stands like no other for the personnel tradition and the scientific fundamentals of the thematic orientation of our institute. The addition to the name “for Solid State Physics” characterises the central research field of our institute.

enlarge the image: Main entrance to the building at Linnéstraße 5
Main entrance to the building at Linnéstraße 5, Photo: Christian Hüller


The research at our institute deals with the investigation of fundamental physical processes in solids, novel quantum states of matter and condensed matter in general. In particular, this concerns semiconductors, dielectric materials, superconductors, magnetic materials and biomaterials. New materials and concepts for electronic and photonic components are developed and implemented for applications in sustainable energy supply, sensor technology and biomedical use.

Current topics of our research include ultra-wide gap semiconductors, NV centres in diamond, superconductivity in pnictides and carbon-based compounds, and quantum states such as Rydberg atoms and polaritons. The technological possibilities include the fabrication and characterisation of nanocrystals, quantum wires, quantum dots and atomic centres. They are include biomaterials that are provided with tailor-made properties through the treatment with energetic particles (ions, electrons, photons). Nanostructures are investigated using modern methods of nano-optics as well as the LIPSION, a 3 MeV SingletronTM accelerator with an ion nanoprobe. The LIPSION offers a broad field of applications from lithography to the analysis of trace elements in biological tissues.

In many of the fields mentioned, our institute conducts research at the highest international level. This is also reflected in the large number of national and international cooperations.


Young Scientist Groups

  • Physics of Polaritons
    Dr. Chris Sturm