Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

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The Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex systems is one of the 80 institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, located in Dresden, Germany.


The research at the institute in the field of the physics of complex systems ranges from classical to quantum physics and focuses on three main areas, which correspond to the activities in the three divisions.

  • Condensed Matter
  • Finite Systems
  • Biological Physics

Apart from the three main divisions, the institute has one permanent research group, three temporary ones, four junior research groups and one Emmy-Noether group that strengthen and interpolate the research in and between the divisions on such topics as new states of quantum matter, complex dynamics in cold gases, stochastic processes in biophysics, nonlinear time series analysis, motor systems, dynamics of biological networks, mesoscopic systems, collective phenomena in solid state and material physics, and nonlinear and relativistic optics.[1]


The Institute offers an IMPRS Phd program in Dynamic Processes in Atoms,[2] Molecules and Solids. The degree is awarded by the associated Technische Universität Dresden. Apart from this, the institute closely collaborates with numerous institutes at home and overseas including, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf (FZR), Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW), and the Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI-CPfS).


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