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    Portrait eines Mitarbeiters am Quadrupolmagneten der AG Gönnenwein; Foto: Dr. Gillian Kiliani
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    Study Physics at the University of Konstanz?

    Are you thinking about studying physics? Then the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz is the right place for you. Here you will study in a family atmosphere with an open-door culture, you will be excellently prepared for work in academic research and industrial development and you will experience the close integration of experiment and theory in teaching.

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    The department is looking for student research assistants

    The department is seeking various student research assistants for:

    - the beginner's lab courses

    - the introductory course

    - the event management of the department

    Here you can find the job descriptions.

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    See what career paths alumni from the Department of Physics have taken here.

  • Research at the Department of Physics

    In the 21st century nanotechnology is the technology of the future and “nano” is the subject of research at the Department of Physics in Konstanz. The world of the very small is dominated by exotic principles of quantum physics where ordinary materials show novel and surprising properties. Also, light is a quantum phenomenon and much of its nano properties are still not well understood. The insight to the laws in the nano-level allows producing novel materials with tailor-made properties.

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Curveball at the microscopic scale

The Magnus effect causes the curved trajectory of spinning footballs or tennis balls, and it can even be used for the propulsion of ships. A team of physicists led by Clemens Bechinger have now documented, for the first time, the existence of the Magnus effect at the microscopic scale.

Whether you are familiar with the Magnus effect or not, you have certainly often made use of it, e.g. when kicking a curveball or putting spin on a tennis ball. The Flettner rotor even employs this principle to…

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