Fakultät für Physik




TE1: Soft Condensed Matter Physics – Overview


Remember the upcoming Arnold Sommerfeld Lecture Series by Christopher Jarzynski on November 19 – 21. All relevant information can be found here.

Organization of the lecture:

If not stated otherwise, the lecture takes place on

  • Thursday, 12:00 c.t. - 14:00, Theresienstr. 37, A348
  • Friday, 12:00 c.t. - 14:00, Theresienstr. 37, B133

starting on 17.10.2019.

Credits: 4 SWS lecture + 2 SWS exercise class, 9 ECTS


  • Surface forces, Capillarity and Wetting
  • Fractal and Scaling concepts for interfacial growth
  • Self-assembly
  • EW and KPZ equations
  • Polymers and gels
  • Liquid crystals
  • Viscoelasticity and Linear response theory
  • Percolation, 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. Central characteristics of such Soft Matter systems include their disordered nature, and their macromolecular or microscopic constituents with 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
  • M. Doi and S.F. Edwards, Theory of polymer dynamics
  • D. Stauffer and A. Aharoni, Introduction To Percolation Theory
  • Chaikin and Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics