Understanding Physics!


The November public lectures will take place again in the winter semester. The lecture series "Understanding Physics!" starts on November 5, 2022.


In cooperation with the physics department, the November lectures "Understanding Physics!" start on November 5 for all those interested in physics. The topics are a new kind of crystals, strong magnets and dark matter. The lectures will take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the OTTO FUCHS lecture hall (H03) in the lecture hall center C.A.R.L., Claßenstraße 11.

In the first event on November 5, Professor Dante Kennes of the RWTH Institute for Theory of Statistical Physics will introduce a new type of crystal and explain how Moiré interference leads to new states of matter. The idea of twisting layers of two-dimensional crystals on top of each other has revolutionized solid-state research and leads to a geometric effect, the Moiré pattern, which can be used to control the kinetic energy scales in solids. This being so, superconductivity, quantum anomalous Hall phases, and topological phases of matter can be controlled in new ways.

Dr. Wieland Worthoff of the Jülich Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine - 4, Medical Imaging Physics will explain ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging and how powerful magnets help to understand the body in the lecture on November 19. With the increasing prevalence of ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging, images of unprecedented image quality, resolution and accuracy can now be obtained. The focus of the lecture will be both a clear explanation of MRI basics and current issues in ultra-high field MRI explained using examples.

On November 26, Professor Alexander Schmidt of the III Physics Institute A will explain dark matter and show a whole new generation of experiments. Physicists have known for decades that there is an unknown type of matter in the universe that is much more abundant than the matter we know. But what makes up this matter that has had a major impact on the evolution of the universe? Until now, dark matter could not be studied in experiments. A new generation of experiments could soon change that. In the lecture, the "Dark Matter Mystery" will be illuminated in a generally understandable way, from its beginnings to the current state of research.

Participation in the events is free of charge and registration is not required. You can find more information on the website of the Physics department