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Institute for Theoretical Condensed Matter physics

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608-43367
Fax: +49 721608-47779


Visitor Address

Physikhochhaus (Bdg. 30.23, 10th floor)
Wolfgang-Gaede-Str. 1
D-76128 Karlsruhe

Welcome to the TKM

The institute was founded in 1976 by Prof. Albert Schmid and today comprises four groups. In close collaboration with the Institutes for Nanotechnology (INT) and Solid State Physics (IFP) at Campus North they conduct research on a wide range of topics in contemporary condensed matter physics.


Strongly correlated systems: unconventional superconductivity,quantum phase transitions, disordered systems, graphene
Decoherence, geometrical phases, superconductivity, Josephson circuits, quantum state engineering, spintronics
Quantum transport: disorder, interactions, metal-insulator transitions, quantum wires, quantum Hall systems, graphene, topological insulators and superconductors

Strongly correlated electrons in low dimensional systems: frustrated quantum magnets, Kondo-effect, quantum hall- and spin liquid states



PD Dr. Igor Gornyi is awarded an honorary title

The Russian Academy of Sciences confers the honorary title "Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences" to our colleague PD Dr. Igor Gornyi. Since the introduction in 2015, this title honors distinguished scientists with Russian citizenship that are younger than 50.

"Superconductivity: A Superlatively Difficult Puzzle"

Watch out for Prof. Jörg Schmalian's recent popular article on "How the Brightest Minds in Physics Failed to Explain a New State of Matter".

Article on ,,The SPS Observer"
Best poster award for M. Hoyer on the M²S-Conference

The "11. International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity" took place in August 2015 in Geneva and was attended by members of the institute TKM. Mareike Hoyer, PhD student at TKM, has been awarded a "Best Poster Award" for her poster on the topic "Pair-breaking due to orbital magnetism in iron-based Superconductors". Congratulations!

M²S conference
Prof. Schmalian wins KIT prize for excellence in teaching

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Jörg Schmalian, head of our institute, was awarded the faculty prize for excellence in teaching, granted by the KIT Presidential Committee. The prize honors Prof. Schmalians excellent teaching, particularly in theoretical physics.

Video (in german)

Habilitation of Dr. Igor Gornyi and Dr. Boris Narozhny

Our colleagues Dr. Igor Gornyi and Dr. Boris Narozhny have succesfully completed the habilitation process at the KIT. Congratulations!



Currently, no talks have been announced.