Physics in Paderborn

combines exciting research with excellent teaching. Optoelectronics/photonics and materials physics are particular focal points, both for the experimental and the theoretical working groups. In teaching, we place particular emphasis on intensive supervision and early enablement for independent research.


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„Our physics department offers excellent study and working conditions with links to international challenges and developments.”

Prof. Dr. Dirk Reuter (Foto: Universität Paderborn, Besim Mazhiqi)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Reuter,
Speaker of the Department of Physics

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Here you can find information about teaching, the internship and the physics meeting! Do you have any questions? Then contact our study advisors!

Here you can find all the information about our English-language degree programmes!

Here you will find information for young scientists.

Here you can find our alumni network!

Here you can find everything about public actions of the Department of Physics!

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Latest announcements


Der erste Paderborner Physics Day - Physik hautnah erleben!

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Insight into studies, career and lots of fun: SummerCamp 2023

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Paderborner Universitätsprofessor zu Fellow der Max Planck School of Photonics ernannt

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Kleine Forscher ganz groß: Vorschulkinder schnuppern Uni-Luft

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Paderborn researchers manufacture first-ever droplet-etched quantum dots that glow in C-band optical light

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Paderborn Researchers are improving technology to generate high harmonics in nanostructured metasurfaces

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Wie Physik die Zukunft prägt: Der Girls’Day 2023

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Insights into laboratories | Many visitors on World Quantum Day

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Neues Verbundprojekt zur digital gestützten Lehrkräftebildung im MINT-Bereich: BMBF fördert Forschung mit rund 3,2 Millionen Euro

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Researching tomorrow's technology today - this idea is at the heart of physics research at Paderborn University. The focus is on modern key technologies such as optoelectronics and photonics, the associated development of new types of components - including for quantum computers - and research into new materials. The profile is supplemented by many-particle and solid-state theories as well as theoretical quantum systems. Research in Paderborn is interdisciplinary: physicists work together with scientists from chemistry, mathematics and computer science, among others. The research in the Department of Physics is rounded off by the didactics of physics and the didactics of physical education, which deals with the promotion of learners of all ages and the effect of innovative teaching concepts at school and university.


With our six degree programmes and the possibility to study physics as a teaching profession and as a minor subject and then to do a doctorate with us, we offer a wide range of qualification options. Students benefit from the dedicated, successful researchers and the activities of the working groups. They receive an excellent education with a comfortable supervision situation in a well-equipped environment. The proximity to research enables them to work on current topics in their Bachelor's and Master's theses and to develop their scientific skills. Innovative teaching concepts optimally prepare the aspiring physicists and teachers for their jobs.