Fakultät für Physik




TVI/TMP-TE1: Soft Matter Physics – Übersicht

Organization of the lecture:

  • If not stated otherwise, the lecture takes place on
    • Monday 16.00-18.00 (A348)
    • Thursday 14.00-16.00 (A249)
  • Credits: 4 SWS lecture + 2 SWS exercise class, 9 ECTS

News: Please register for the tutorials at this link until the 7th of May.

  • The exam will take place on Friday, 28th of July at 10 A.M. in room H U123, Schellingstr.
    4 . Please make sure you are there ahead of time so that you can start the exam at 10.00
  • Exam results (Updated: 17.08.17)
  • The exam overview will take place on Thursday 17.08 at 11 AM in the seminar room A318,
    Theresienstr. 37 A, 3rd floor


  • Fractal and Scaling concepts
  • Capillarity, Wetting, and interfacial growth
  • EW and KPZ equations
  • Hydrodynamics, Viscoelasticity and Linear response theory
  • Liquid crystals
  • Polymers and gels
  • Jamming and Marginality


Over the last decades, Soft Condensed Matter has emerged as a new class of systems, including polymers, liquid crystals, gels, colloids, foams, and granular matter. The central characteristics of such Soft Matter systems are their disordered nature and interactions strengths that are typically of the order of the thermal energy. The rich physical behavior of Soft Matter thus often arises through a competition between entropic and energetic effects. A particular intriguing manifestation of Soft Matter occurs in living systems such as cells and tissues, where non-equilibrium effects can play a major role. These lectures will serve as an introduction to the central theoretical concepts and methods that allow us to understand a broad range of behaviors of Soft Condensed Matter.


  • Massao Doi, Soft Matter Physics
  • M. Rubenstein and R. Colby, Polymer Physics
  • Chaikin and Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics