Our Fields of Research and Teaching


The shape of cells ande some of their functions are determined by three kinds of cytoskeletons. Several joint research projects with the Clinic of Internal Medicine investigates the keratin cytoskeleton. This cytoskeleton seems to be important for the motility of cancer cells originating from the pankreas carcinoma. We measure mechanical properties by atomic force microscopy and by particle tracking in optical tweezers.

Polymer Physics

Polymers versatile materials consisting of long molecules. We investigate their mechanical and structural properties by atomic force microscopy, light scattering and by optical tweezers. We help to better understand the structure-function relation to improve advanced and bulk polymer materials.


Objects with sizes below a micrometer show novel optical effects. Sharp edges serve as an amplification site to increase the field strength of optical fields. Arrays of ordered nanostructures can slow down light and even make some structures invisible. Our research is aimed at better and more efficient optical investigation methods for few to single molecules.

Contact Details

Prof. Dr. sc. nat./ETH Zürich Othmar MARTI


Senior Professor:
Prof. Dr. Heinrich HÖRBER

Tamara Stadter
Melanie Lahrkamp

Institute of Experimental Physics
Ulm University
D-89069 Ulm

Office:    N25/5208

Phone:   +49 731 50 23010
Fax:         +49 731 50 12 23010

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Effective Oct. 1st 2013 Prof. Dr. Susana Gema Fernández Huelga is the Erasmus Departmental Coordinator for Physics. Her office is located at O25 443.

Other business:
additionally by appointment


Lecture Notes

  • Module Mechanics, Summer Term 2014 Web Version,  pdf Version,  epub epub Version (in German)
  • Module Electricity and Magnetism, Summer Term  2016 Web Version,  pdf Version, epub Version (in German)
  • Module Optics, Winter Term 2015/2016 Web Version,  pdf Version,  epub Version (in German)
  • Module Thermodynamics, updated 2015 Web Version, pdf Version, epub Version (in German)
  • Module Atomic Physics, Summer Term 2015 Web Version,  pdf Version,  epub Version (in German)
  • Module Physical Electronics and Measurement Science pdf Version (in German)
  • more lecture notes