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Chair of Computational Condensed Matter Theory

Condensed matter comprises more or less everything we see. To a very large extent, its properties result from the interplay of quantum mechanics and the Coulomb interaction between nuclei and electrons. This interplay keeps producing stunning phenomena many of which are still to be understood. To achieve this understanding is the goal we are striving at. To this and we combine computational means with analytic arguments. Our current emphasis is on transport and dynamics; recent research topics include:


  Ultrafast Dynamics     Quantum Critical Phenomena     Molecular Electronics


Postdoc, PhD, and Master positions available



Humboldt award for Prof. Latha Venkataraman, Columbia University

We congratulate Prof. Latha Venkataraman of Columbia University for being awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH).  With this prestigious award, the AvH recognizes her groundbreaking work in molecular electronics. The award enables her to spend a year at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Regensburg (UR), where she will continue her research into the electrical conductivity of individual molecules in close collaboration with Regensburg working groups. (20. Nov. 2023)

Prof. Evers elected into the DFG college of condensed matter physics

Prof. Ferdinand Evers has been elected as a member of the DFG specialist college of physics as one of the four German representatives of condensed matter theory. (15. Dec. 2023)

Brigitta and Oskar Braumandl prize for Max Graml

© Stadt Regensburg/Christian Kaister

Congratulations to Max Graml for receiving the research prize of the Brigitta and Oskar Braumandl Foundation! The award recognizes Max's outstanding contributions to advancing our understanding of high-harmonic spectra. The prize has been awarded during a ceremony in the historic city hall by Gertrud Maltz-Schwarzfischer, Mayor of Regensburg.

Article: Mittelbayerische, 13 November 2023. Further pictures available here.

Funding within the Emmy Noether Programme

The German Research Foundation funds the proposal "Real-time quantum simulations of ultrafast exciton dynamics with atomic resolution" by Jan Wilhelm! With the funding, he will establish an independent junior research group at the University of Regensburg.


Highly conductive single-molecule topological insulators

Researchers in Prof. Venkataraman's group (Columbia University, New York) have built organic topological-insulator wires, which show an unusual increase in conductance for longer wires. Our theoretical models support an interpretation of these results based on topology.

Reference: Nat. Chem. 14, 1061-1067 (2022)

Press release available at phys.org.


Chirality-induced spin selectivity (CISS) - progess and challenges

We review the theory of the CISS effect, that is, phenomena in which the chirality of molecular species imparts significant spin selectivity to various electron processes. We discuss CISS effects in electron transmission, electron transport, and chemical reactions.

Reference: Adv. Mater. 34, 2106629 (2022)

Listed in the "Advanced Materials Hall of Fame".

Atomically resolved single-molecule triplet quenching

Led by Prof. Repp and Prof. Lupton (both UR), an experimental breakthrough has been achieved in measuring the energy transfer between a single oxygen molecule and a dye molecule. While first theoretical steps have been taken with success, a detailed understanding is yet to be worked out.

Original publication: Science 373, 452-456 (2021)

Perspective: Science 373, 392-393 (2021)

Press release available in German and in English.


Upcoming Events

  • Workshop "Localization: Emergent Platforms and Novel Trends", Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (September 16-20 2024, Coordinators: F. Evers, I. A. Gruzberg, A. Mirlin)

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Chair of Computational Condensed Matter Theory

Institute of Theoretical Physics
University of Regensburg
Universitätsstraße 31
D-93053 Regensburg

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