Research at the Physik-Institut covers both experimental and theoretical physics. Experimental activities include the physics of biological systems, nanometer structures and surface physics, fundamental properties of materials and high-temperature superconductivity as well as accelerator and non-accelerator based elementary-particle and astroparticle physics. Theoretical research concentrates on precision calculations of processes in quantum chromodynamics and on fundamental aspects of high-energy physics.

Erwin Schrödinger invented his famous equation during the time he was a professor for theoretical physics at our University and received the Nobel prize for his achievements in 1933. Solutions to Schrödinger's equation describe most quantum mechanical features of atomic and molecular systems.