Quantum Theory of Materials

We calculate and analyse the complex structural, electronic, magnetic and transport quantities of quantum materials — for fundamental research and practical applications.

Head: Prof. Dr. Stefan Blügel

News and Events

Künstlerische Darstellung der atomaren Spitze eines Rastertunnelmikroskops beim Abtasten einer Metalloberfläche mit einem aufgelagerten Kobaltatom.

Researchers Question Fundamental Study on the Kondo Effect

Jülich, 7 January 2021 - The Kondo effect influences the electrical resistance of metals at low temperatures and generates complex electronic and magnetic orders. Novel concepts for data storage and processing, such as using quantum dots, are based on this. In 1998, researchers from the United States published spectroscopic studies on the Kondo effect using scanning tunnelling microscopy, which are considered ground-breaking and have triggered countless others of a similar kind. Many of these studies may have to be re-examined now that Jülich researchers have shown that the Kondo effect cannot be proven beyond doubt by this method. Instead, another phenomenon is creating precisely the spectroscopic “fingerprint” that was previously attributed to the Kondo effect.


Workshop "Helmholtz Quantum: Roadmap to the Future"

Helmholtz Quantum bundles and coordinates the Helmholtz Association’s diverse research activities in the field of quantum technologies. The workshop of the Helmholtz Quantum Platform, which will take place on Friday, February 12, 2021, is an important building block for the further development of the Helmholtz Association’s joint Quantum Strategy. We are pleased to cordially invite you to this workshop.



Wanted: Young Research Scientists!

Are you looking for an exciting, challenging Master’s, PhD or postdoctoral position? Are you interested in research involving theoretical solid state physics, and do you enjoy developing numerical and computational methods?


Joint Lab Virtual Materials Design

The goal of the JL-VMD is the development and validation of methods for computational material development.


Young Investigators Group Prof. Samir Lounis

Functional Nanoscale Structure Probe and Simulation Laboratory


Young Investigators Group Dr. Marjana Ležaić

Computational Nanoferronics Laboratory