Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Chair Computational and Plasma Physics, Theresienstraße 37, 80333 München, Germany
Contact person for housing, travel, etc.
Ute Tobiasch (secretary)
Computational & Plasma Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Theresienstraße 37, 80333 München, Germany
Email: Ute.Tobiasch (at) physik.uni-muenchen.de
Computational & Plasma Physics – www.theorie.physik.uni-muenchen.de/lsruhl
About the Institution
In the spirit of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, the Faculty of Physics stands for comprehensive education and innovative research in the sciences. In order to live up to this ideal, the Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich spares no effort to realize a broad spectrum of physics subjects carefully coordinated with adjacent sciences. Research today would be unthinkable without merging efforts and collaborating on projects. Fine examples of this are the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) founded in 1998, the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics (ASC) founded in 2004 and our extensive involvement in graduate research programs sponsored by the German Research Foundation.
We considers one of our most important missions to be the training of tomorrow’s scientists. Only highly educated and well supported junior scientists will be able to persevere beyond the university and ensure quality research and teaching within the university over the long term. International graduate schools coordinated with the Max Planck Society, our involvement in the Research Training Groups (Graduiertenkollegs) sponsored by the German Research Foundation and the Elite Network of Bavaria, the EU’s Marie Curie programs and Emmy Noether junior scientist groups are outstanding examples of our pursuit of these aims.
The Faculty of Physics recognized long ago that it would be impossible to reach its goals without strong partners. For this reason, when filling teaching positions, we place a lot of value in only hiring people with international contacts. For years the faculty has relied on major partners and will continue to develop its joint work with other institutions and organizations. We enjoy particularly close relationships with the Max Planck Society and the Bavarian Academy of Science as well as a number of businesses from the private sector. It is only with additional resources that we are able to offer students in Munich the full array of physics in all its scientific facets.
About the Groupleader
We study the short-time dynamics of small systems of a single or a few quantum mechanical particles, which has become directly observable for a range of systems during recent years, and the interaction of strong fields with matter. Our work is motivated by collaborations with experimental groups in ultrafast spectroscopy and attosecond physics, nano-structures, and the atom chip.
Atoms and molecules:
Few-cycle near-infrared laser pulses and attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses allow the observation of the ultra-fast nuclear and electronic dynamics in atoms and molecules. We investigate questions like: What happens on that time scale? What is the relation between traditional spectroscopy and attosecond physics? Can we observe and control electron-nuclear correlation?
Quantum dots and superlattices:
Similar questions as for atoms and molecules arise in the interaction of infra-red terahertz pulses with nano-structures. In first approximation quantum dots behave as artificial atoms and molecules. We transfer methods from atomic physics to investigate spectroscopic properties of quantum dots and the dynamics of single and multiple charges in these structures.
Systems of interacting ensembles of a few atoms serve as a testing ground for quantum correlations. We investigate their behavior under non-adiabatic changes of the trapping potentials.
Our methods range from simple models, over numerical solutions of the classical and quantum mechanical equations of motion to ab initio calculations of few-particle system, for which we have developed the MCTDHF (Multi-Configuration Time-Dependent Hartree-Fock) method.