Faculty of Physics


Build a "racing brush"!

Freestyle-physics tasks are online
Lots of young tinkerers have been waiting for this moment: The free-style physics tasks are now on the internet - five in number and tricky as usual. The University Duisburg-Essen's large pupils' competition is running until 16th May and those who would like to be in the final in the summer can already start working on a smart solution. Don't forget to register!

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NRW-Homecomer chooses UDE

Programme for top researchers
He is an outstanding scientist who has already done research in Geneva and Würzburg. Now Prof. Dr. Björn Sothmann is pursuing his career at the University Duisburg-Essen. The physicist is one of the three researchers who are moving this year to a university in North-Rhine-Westphalia through the science ministry's return programme.

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Prof. Dr. Martina Schmid is new in our faculty

Solar energy
Sunlight sends an almost inexhaustible supply of energy to the earth. How this energy can be exploited using a minimal amount of raw materials is being investigated by Prof. Dr. Martina Schmid (35) who has now been appointed to the University Duisburg-Essen.

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Humboldt Foundation Award Winner as Guest in our Faculty

Black Holes in the Laboratory

Apart from Stephen Hawking, William Unruh is probably the most well-known expert in the field of the quantum effects of black holes. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation award winner investigates these fundamental effects and examines to what extent they may be reproduced in the laboratory. At the moment he is a guest in the research group of Professor Dr. Ralf Schützhold in theoretical physics at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

Black holes are amongst the most exotic objects in the universe. Their gravitational strength is so strong, that nothing - not even light - can escape them. The understanding of the physics of black holes is very important in the search for a theory that combines all the forces of nature.

Forty years ago Stephen Hawking discovered that based on the laws of quantum physics, these black holes should emit weak radiation. William Unruh is one of the leading experts in this field, investigating the characteristics and the origin of this radiation. He also had an idea how one could produce and thus better understand a very similar effect in the laboratory. This idea has since found much support resulting in the first successful experiments.

William Unruh studied Physics at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and completed his PhD in Princeton (USA) under the supervision of John Wheeler. After several research visits (e.g. in London with Roger Penrose) he was appointed as professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada) and still holds this position. Much of his work has received distinction.

First Term Orientation Event

Introduction to Physics and Energy Science Degrees
Tuesday, 11.10.2016, lecture hall MC 122:
    10:00 hrs Introduction to university studies
    12:00 hrs Get-together with the student council
Thursday, 13.10.2016, Meeting Point Foyer in front of the lecture hall MC 122:
    10:00 hrs Breakfast (please bring your own plates, cups and cutlery)
    12:00 hrs Rally through the university
    15:00 hrs Professors’ Cafe
    17:00 hrs Pub crawl

Newspaper report of the Rally in 2012

DUE-Degree Courses in CHE University Ranking

Physics is top all-round
In the CHE-University Ranking Physics at the University Duisburg-Essen has achieved top marks in many categories. The UDE students are very satisfied with the personal supervision by lecturers and contact with their fellow students. Physics at the UDE is also in the top group for its international orientation and for obtaining a degree within a reasonable period.

On 07.05.2015 the newspaper “Die Zeit” referred to this as excellence in the Ruhr area, saying that the University Duisburg-Essen is the only university which is in the top group for each of the three listed categories, namely  international orientation, obtaining a degree within a reasonable period and  supervision by lecturers.

Ruhr Night of Knowledge on Friday, 30.9.2016

It’s all happening here: With four event locations at the same time the University Duisburg-Essen is participating in the Ruhr Night of Knowledge on 30.09.2016 when the Ruhr area will be transformed into a huge research laboratory from 16:00-22:00 hrs. The UDE will present itself in Duisburg and Essen with exciting contributions from the Faculties of Physics and Medicine, the Nano Technology Centre and the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance.

Ruhr University Alliance: New Astrophysics research center

From dark matter to planet formation
Cosmic radiation is a flow of particles from outer space that bombards us constantly. It provides the link between the research groups that have joined forces in the Ruhr Astroparticle and Plasma Physics Center, RAPP for short. These include the experimental physicists in Professor Gerhard Wurm’s group. Around 100 scientists will now celebrate the opening of the new center on 21st September 2016 in the planetarium in Bochum. Afterwards a conference will take place at the Ruhr University.

Lecturer Dr. Hucht to give invited talk at Statphys

Lecturer Dr. Fred Hucht has been invited to Lyon to give a talk on his latest research results at Statphys – the largest statistical physics conference. The title of his talk is “The Casimir effect in near-critical systems”.

Energy Science Day on Tuesday, 25. October

On Tuesday, 25th October 2016, from 16:00 – 18:15 hrs, in MC 122, the Faculty of Physics will hold the Energy Science Day for the second time. The event is directed towards students of this degree (including first-term students), tutors, lecturers, professors and guests.

Dr. Florian M. Römer was very successful right on his first application.
The project that will last for three years includes the funding of a PhD student and various material expenses. Within the framework of this project, and with the help of in situ multi-frequent ferromagnetic resonance, Dr. Römer will investigate the damping qualities of ferromagnet / non ferromagnet interfaces. One of the evaluators is expecting “a huge acquisition of knowledge on spin pumping” which will also be relevant for other “research fields that use spin-transfer torque effects, and moreover for the highly topical spin caloric effects and the spin transistor”. The unofficial job advertisement (official one to follow) may be found here. Themes for writing Bachelor and Master theses are also available in this field.