The Max Planck Institute represents the physics of complex systems from classical physics right up to quantum physics in three focal points formed by research in three permanent departments. In quantum physics, the Department of Condensed Matter Physics does research in solid-state physics. With the assistance of semi-classical methods the Department of Finite Systems studies non-linear phenomena in atomic, molecular and cluster dynamics. In classical physics, the Biological Physics Department addresses biological topics with the use of statistical physics. A permanent as well as three non-tenured research groups, three junior research groups and one Emmy-Noether group strengthen and interconnect the research of individual groups in areas such as non-linear time-series analysis, mesoscopic systems, intense laser fields in media, stochastic processes in biophysics, biological physics of olfaction, motor systems, dynamics of biological networks, as well as non-linear and relativistic optics. A large guest programme allows for approximately 70 visiting scientists from more than 20 nations to do research at the institute, at a time as well as to conduct 15 to 20 workshops per year. The latter offer a forum for new research fields and have the objective of rapidly acquainting young scientists with the new developing areas.
Board of DirectorsDr. Roderich Moessner
Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher
Prof. Dr. Jan-Michael Rost
Year of foundation1992