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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-76131 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

Focus of Research Superconductivity

Central themes of the institute are concerned with the quantum many body theory of electronic systems. A particular focus of activities has been in the area of superconductivity which underlines its relevance in basic research by a gradually growing number of technical applications. An overview of activities in superconductivity research at KIT can be found here.

Photo from LPS, Universite Paris-Sud



Julia Link is awarded a poster prize

At the conference "Recent Progress in Graphene & 2D Materials Research (RPGR 2017)" in Singapore Julia Link is awarded the "RSC Advances Poster Prize" for her poster with the title "Out-of-bounds hydrodynamics in anisotropic Dirac fluids". Congratulations!

Hooke's law violated

Jörg Schmalian explains the elastic properties of critical, strongly correlated systems in the journal for the members of the German Physical Society (Physik Journal 03/2017). In those systems there is no regime where the force is proportional to the displacement.


Outstanding Referee Award

The American Physical Society honors Igor Gornyi and Alexander Mirlin for their "outstanding service to the physics community".

More information
Weston Visiting Professorship

Alexander Mirlin receives a visiting professorship at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel.

Radio interview Jörg Schmalian

Jörg Schmalian answered the questions of high school students in an interview of the American radio station kdnk.


Link to interview
Hydrodynamics in Graphene

Alexander Mirlin and Jörg Schmalian describe in the journal for the members of the German Physical Society (Physik Journal 05/2016) under which circumstances hydrodynamic behavior occurs in the transport properties of Graphene.

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"