Our Research Groups

Research Groups

Many research groups offer paid internships which allow you to gain insights into the world of research. On the master and PhD levels, you may benefit from excellent partner institutions such as the Graduate School of Excellence Materials Science in Mainz or the Cluster of Excellence Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter.

  • Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Group

    The group focuses on the research of fundamental questions in modern particle physics such as the nature of dark matter. The researchers at ETAP seek answers to current research challenges by analyzing data collected at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, by measuring neutrinos at the South Pole or conducting experiments in the Gran Sasso Laboratories.
  • Institute for Atmospheric Physics

    The research groups at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics cover various topics of atmospheric sciences. The experimental groups conduct research in the fields of trace gas dynamics, aerosol-cloud-interaction and particle chemistry. The world wide unique vertical wind tunnel facility is further used to study cloud processes on different scales in the lab. Within the field of theoretical meteorology the groups focus on fundamental research on cloud microphysics, predictability of weather (special research field: “Waves to Weather”) and earth system science.
  • Theoretical Particle Physics Group

    The research of the group deals with various aspects of the fundamental interactions of nature and elementary constituents of matter. It ranges from perturbative quantum field theory for the strong and electroweak interactions of quarks and leptons to effective field theories, theories within non-commutative geometry, nonperturbative quantum gravity and string theory.
  • Theoretical and Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

    Things get exciting when atoms start to interact in condensed matter systems. Key research areas of the research groups are many-body, spintronics and nanoelectronics theory as well as disordered systems and glasses, colloidal, macromolecular and other model systems and biological physics, experimental electronic und magnetic properties in novel materials, surface physics, magnetism and soft matter physics.
  • Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Physics

    The group focuses on researching cold ions and applications, quantum optics and quantum information, laser spectroscopy, atomic and neutron physics and related tests of fundamental symmetries, hybrid atom-ion quantum systems as well as the development of novel detectors and detection systems for precision physics.
  • Institute for Nuclear Physics

    The research conducts research on the structure and the interaction of elementary particles, especially on understanding the so-called strong force and its implications on nuclear and particle physics. This experimental research is accompanied by theoretical groups working, for example, on hadron structure and meson production as well as lattice gauge theories.


Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Faculty Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
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    55128 Mainz, Germany
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