Soft Matter Theory

Biology-inspired statistical and computational physics

Research Topics

  • Statistical physics of active matter
  • Kinetic theory of swarms and flocks
  • Soft condensed matter physics
  • Computer simulation of complex liquids
  • Pattern formation far from equilibrium

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Ihle

Telefon: +49 3834 420-4730
Telefax: +49 3834 420-4701


  • Upcoming; Mar 20: Presentation at the DPG meeting
  • Mar 6: Presentation at the APS march meeting (H-H. Boltz)
  • Feb 29: preprint "Hyperuniformity in deterministic anti-aligning active matter" (Boltz/Ihle)
  • Feb 2: T. Wagner (on his experiments with Hexbugs) and M-R. Schultz (on agent-based simulations of active systems w/ and w/o non-reciprocal interactions)  successfully presented work done within the group (partially co-supervised by M. Himpel) as part of the "Vortragstechnik" seminar series
  • Jan 19: External guest in the group seminar, Dr Gethmann  from the Friedrich-Löffler-Institute (poster)
  • Jan 5: External guest in the group seminar, Dr. Liprandi from Zoology (Group Wolff) talks about modeling of spider silk (poster)
  • Nov 9: preprint "Comment on "Steady-state distributions and nonsteady dynamics in nonequilibrium systems" (Boltz / Ihle)
  • Nov 8: ad-hoc addition to the teaching activities: theoretical microfluidics  (GSR, We 14.00 s.t)
  • Oct 20, Our group seminar restarts with a talk by J. Mihatsch
  • June 8th, Colloquium talk by R. Kürsten
  • May 23, invited talk U Magdeburg (T. Ihle)
  • Apr 26, Talk at "In search of model structures for non-equilibrium systems" (H-H. Boltz),
  • Apr 21 2023: Group Seminar on ""Wachstumsregime und Transportphänomene in Eruka-Säure Monolayern" by Florian Gellert ( AG Helm )
  • Apr 14 2023: Group Seminar on Shape-changing active matter (H-H. Boltz)
  • New Preprint on Flocking in Binary Mixtures of Anti-aligning Self-propelled Particles (Kürsten, Mihatsch, Ihle)
  • Congratulations to Jakob Mihatsch for presenting at the DPG Spring meeting 2023 "Phase transitions in multicomponent active matter: a quantitative kinetic theory"
  • Two preprints have been published on the active particles with social distancing and
  • Jan 13 2023: Invited talk "Scattering theory of active particles with social distancing: non-local closure and network noise" by T. Ihle at U Duisburg
  • October 2022: Horst-Holger Boltz joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher
  • Rüdiger Kürsten joined the Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada, he remains part of the group as an external habil candidate
  • Benjamin Kohler starts  Bachelor-Thesis in our group
  • April 2022: Jakob Mihatsch starts Master-Project  and Tom Müller starts Bachelor-Thesis in our group
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