Work in this Institute focuses on the exploration of the physics of complex dynamical systems using the most modern techniques of nonlinear dynamics, semiclassical theory, and quantum theory. Of main topical interest are e.g. Bose-Einstein condensates with long-range interactions, quantum field theory in strong magnetic fields with applications to astrophysics and cosmology, the research of chaos, including “quantum chaos”, semiclassical quantisation of chaotic systems, and, finally, quantum information processing and quantum thermodynamics.
Investigations in synergetics and neuroinformatics concentrate on revealing generic behaviour in biological and other complex systems using methods of theoretical physics, information theory, and biophysics. Specific problems of synergetics are dealt with at the Centre of Synergetics associated with the Institute (Head Prof. em. Dr. Hermann Haken).