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Prof. Dr. Jens Michaelis
Dean of Physics Studies
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-23050
Office: N25/3212

Gerold Brackenhofer
Physics Academic Affairs Committee
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-22953
Office: N25/3106

Béatrice Fritsche-Poizat
Physics Academic Affairs Committee
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89081 Ulm
Phone: 0731/50-22304
Fax: 0731/50-22256
Office: N25/3102, 8:00 - 12:00

New model of gene transcription developed Unprecedented insights into the temporal sequence of genetic selection

30.06.2021: The reading out of genetic information is one of the most important processes in body cells. If errors occur during the so-called gene transcription and the resulting protein production, cancer diseases as well as metabolic and developmental disorders can arise. In order to develop new drugs or therapies for such diseases, it is therefore important to have a precise knowledge of the molecular processes inside the cell ...more


Cluster for Future QSens Quantum sensors for everyday life

03.02.2021: Success in the Cluster for Future initiative for researchers at Ulm University, the University of Stuttgart and their partners from the industry! Joint project QSens has been selected as one of seven innovation networks nationwide in the highly competitive Clusters4Future competition sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In collaboration with specialized companies, researchers from Stuttgart and Ulm intend to develop the quantum sensors of the future up to market readiness. ...more

In single file, please! At the ultimate limit of miniaturization electrons are transported one at a time

16.12.2020: Despite plenty of room at the bottom, there is a limit to the miniaturization of every process. Finding these limits has been a priority goal for a long time. An international collaboration of scientists between the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Ulm University and the Autonomous University of Madrid has now found a minimal configuration for producing an electronic current.  ...more

Nucleation of iron - Ulm researchers film the "birth" of a crystal

31.08.2020: Scientists at the University of Ulm have observed the nucleation of a crystal structure in real time. They witnessed how iron atoms first joined together in a disorderly fashion under the influence of an electron beam before forming a regular lattice structure. Until now, there have been only two contradictory theories for this process ...more

Kavli Prize for Nanoscience - 1 Mio Dollar for pioneers of electron microscopy

27.05.2020: This year’s Kavli Prize in nanoscience honours scientists whose research has transformed our understanding of the very big, the very small and the very complex. The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded to four scientists for their research and inventions of aberrationcorrected lenses in electron microscopes that have created the ability for researchers worldwide to see the structure and chemical composition of materials in three dimensions on unprecedentedly short-length scales: Harald Rose of the Ulm University and Technical University of Darmstadt, ...more

On the unusual behaviour of Cooper pairs: quantum phase transition in Josephson contact

22.04.2020: Superconducting circuits are complex quantum systems consisting of many components. They are needed, for example, to develop quantum computers. The problem: disturbing influences can never be completely avoided and genuine quantum properties are then destroyed. Quantum physicists then speak of "localizing" the very fragile "delocalized" quantum states. A team of researchers from the National Research Centre CEA Saclay (Paris) and the Universities of Ulm and Freiburg has now investigated this quantum phase transition in a superconducting circuit ...more

Alliance of top researchers - Six million euros for competence network on quantum technology

17.03.2020: Quantum technology is one of the most important key technologies of the 21st century. Leading research establishments and institutes have joined together to form a state-wide association: The "Quantum Technology - Baden-Württemberg" (QTBW) competence network is intended to give the location greater visibility and weight in international competition. ...mehr

New high-performance computer officially opened. JUSTUS 2 enables complex simulations in chemistry and quantum physics

06.03.2020: The University of Ulm has a new high-performance computer: with a theoretical performance of 2 petaflops, the 4.4 million euro supercomputer JUSTUS 2 sets new standards. On Friday, 6th March, Ministerial Director Ulrich Steinbach (State Ministry of Science, Research and Arts) and the President of Ulm University, Professor Michael Weber, among others, pressed the symbolic start button. Representatives of the cooperation partner NEC Deutschland GmbH also attended the official opening ceremony. ...more

Walking with atoms - Chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action

20.01.2020:  Scientists have for the first time captured and filmed atoms bonding, using advanced microscopy methods they captured a moment of breaking a chemical bond, around half a million times smaller than the width of a human hair. Ever since it was proposed that atoms are building blocks of the world, scientists have been trying to understand how and why they bond to each other. Be it a molecule (which is a group of atoms joined together in a particular fashion), or a block of material or a whole living organism, ultimately, everything is controlled by the way atoms bond, and the way bonds break. ...more