Research focus

Research focus

Topics plasmas, atomic cluster/nuclei, solid state and soft matter, medical physics and environmental sciences. Photo: Hot plasma - eruptions of the sun.

Environmental science: physics of the atmosphere

Environmental science: physics of the atmosphere

View from space (ISS, ©NASA, astronaut Scott Kelly).

Atoms, clusters and colloidal plasmas

Atoms, clusters and colloidal plasmas

Optical analysis and high precision spectroscopy measurements.

Medical physics

Medical physics

Anatomy and synaptic plasticity of the brain in magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) - biomedical imaging.

Condensed matter and soft matter

Condensed matter and soft matter

Photo 3D nanostructurization in the clean room. Quantum systems, nanostructures and transport, statistical physics and biophysics.

The University of Greifswald’s research concentrates on five key fields. These are internationally recognised and the Greifswald’s research teams are well connected. The key field of Plasma Physics has a long tradition in Greifswald and is today represented by the Institute of Physics at the University of Greifswald and the research institutions outside of the University – the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP). Thus making Greifswald a European and worldwide centre for plasma research. In the field of low temperature plasmas, the Institute of Physics and the INP examine not only the physical principles of these plasmas, but also their use in the areas of material and nanosciences, environment, energy and life sciences. Research concerning high temperature plasmas is concentrated at the IPP. Currently, the experimental phase of the optimised stellarator “Wendelstein 7-X” is being prepared. This experiment should demonstrate the suitability of a stellarator principal for a fusion power plant. 

The newest field of research, Environmental Change: Responses and Adaption, connects the natural sciences with the arts and humanities in the field of ecological environmental research.

Key Fields of Research

Coordinated Programmes from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

  • TRR 24: Fundamentals of Complex Plasmas
  • SFB 652: Coulomb Systems

Joint Research Projects

Research Training Groups

There are currently five Reserach Training Groups at the University of Greifswald, two with participation of the Institute of Physics:

  • GRK 1947: BiOx – Biochemical, Biophysical, and Biomedical Effects of Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species on Biological Membranes (Spokeswoman: Prof. Christiane A. Helm)
  • HEPP - International Helmholtz Graduate School for Plasma Physics (Spokesman: Prof. Thomas Klinger, joint project with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and TU Munich)

Research Training Groups