Max Planck Gesellschaft

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Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (mpipks), Noethnitzer Str. 38, D-01187 Dresden, Germany

Contact  info
Tel: +49 351 871 2204
Fax: +49 351 871 2299

Contact person for housing, travel, etc. 
Staying in one of our guest houses directly on campus is an extremely simple and convenient way to come mpipks. Gabi Makolies (makolies (at) can advice you on all practical matters including visa questions. Her contact address is given above.

About the Institution
In the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems more than 120 scientist conduct theoretical research in the areas of atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics and biological physics where more than 80% come from outside Germany. Organized in three departments and about 12 junior research groups, the institute offers also individual fellowships for research stays from 2 days to two years at all career stages, from the PhD students to distinguished professors. Research activities and opportunities geared at optimal communication and interaction among the researchers are completed by more than 15 international workshops and conferences which take place every year at the institute providing frequent changes for contact with world wide experts. Designed for theoretical research the institute has no experimental labs but excellent computing facilities with several compute clusters and substantial parallel computing capacity.

About the Groupleader

Prof. Dr. Jan Michael Rost (director at mpipks and professor at TU Dresden)
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Email: rost (at)
Tel: +49 351 871 2204

Research on intense light-matter interaction is lead by a team around Jan Michael Rost and Ulf Saalmann, both physics professors at the TU Dresden. Our approach to physics is governed by curiosity and the quest for interesting and intellectually challenging phenomena, which we aim to identify and understand. This normally happens with a combination of analytical and numerical tools where approximations are typically made not to handle the problem but to formulate a minimal model for elucidating a phenomenon. Although dealing with the quantum world we often use semi- and quasiclassical concepts since we focus on dynamics of matter activated by the light, rather than structure. Present topics are centered around exciting new phenomena which emerge through interaction of attosecond and short X-ray light pulses which have recently become available.

If you find all this boring, you might still want to come: We also do research in the ultracold regime regarding complex interaction in atomic gases (group leader Thomas Pohl), in quantum aggregates (e.g, Rydberg aggregates or light harvesting complexes, Alexander Eisfeld/Sebastian Wuester) and if this is too slow for you, you may prefer Relativistic Optics (group leader Stefan Skupin) – finally, beyond research, there is a lot to explore in the city of Dresden and its surroundings.