Fakultät für Physik




Lecture: Soft condensed matter physics (master) – Übersicht

Einführung in die Physik weicher Materie
H. Frielinghaus, B. Nickel, J. Rädler


Informationen zur Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort

Vorlesung (2SWS): Do 14-16 Uhr, N020 (Kleiner Physikhörsaal)
Übung (1SWS): Do 16-17:45 Uhr, N110 (Seminarraum Rädler)
Seminar (1SWS): Do 16.01. & 23.01., 16-18 Uhr (N110) , Do 23.01., 14-16 Uhr (kleiner HS)

Das gesamte Modul beinhaltet 6 ECTS Punkte, Prüfungsleistungen sind die Klausur am letzten Vorlesungstag und das Seminar. Teilmodule ggf. nach Rücksprache.

In this lecture we discuss the physical properties of soft condensed matter. The materials which fall into this category, for example glue, paint, soap, and rubbers, are quite familiar from daily life.  Yet, they escape the simple description familiar from pure liquids and highly ordered crystals as covered in the curriculum of our physics lectures so far. We will see that self assembly and Brownian motion are very important properties of soft matter. Entropy will turn out to be much more important with respect to classical materials.

In most of the ceases, we will limit the degree of detail to get the big picture from simple concepts – very much in the spirit of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes who got the Nobel price of physics in 1991 for realizing that simple physics concepts can catch a broad range of polymer and liquid crystal phenomena. Driven by our own research interests, we will highlight some connections to biophysics and plastic electronics.

We take the perspective of the experimental physicist; therefore also methods which are at the heart of soft matter physics such as e.g. scattering techniques will be presented. A tutorial will be held to train how to solve simple soft matter problems and how to perform back-of-the-envelope calculations to estimate physical properties of such systems.

More specialized topics will be covered on a one day symposium, where students will report on peculiar materials or methods.  


  • Richard A. L. Jones
    Soft Condensed Matter




Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Bert Nickel