Institute for Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics uses concepts and methods encoded in mathematical language to explain physical reality. At the Institute for Theoretical Physics, we study physical systems on every scale, ranging from the very small - quantum correction to gravity - to the largest possible scale - the universe.  In between these extremes lie quantum and soft-condensed matter, which study the emergent properties of many-body systems. In theoretical physics, we aim to find answers to some of the most fundamental questions about our world and our existence. 

Science in the Spotlight


Unusual iceberg at Rothera Research Station, Antarctic Peninsula (Andrew Shepherd, University of Leeds)
13 June 2018
Ice loss on Antarctica tripled in 10 years, shows a study published in Nature including research from the IMAU
Barbara Trzeciak receievs Young Scientist Award at Quark Matter
5 June 2018
She received the award for best experimental talk at Quark Matter, the major international conference in the field of heavy-ion physics
XENON1T installation
30 May 2018
The XENON-collaboration has presented the latest results of the world’s largest and most sensitive detector for Dark Matter.




25 June 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Contributions of Clouds to Greenland's Surface Melt
27 June 2018 14:30
PhD defence of Fabian Hagemans