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

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Wired Up: Majorana Fermions for Quantum Computing

Majorana fermions exhibit a strange property: these exotic particles cannot be distinguished from their own antiparticles. Nevertheless, technically they could be extremely useful as qubits for quantum computers. However, Majorana fermions are very difficult to detect. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University together with partners from the University of Hamburg can now demonstrate a possible way around this difficulty.


Tag des PGI 2020 - “Opportunities Through Change” and the annual Institute Assembly

Following on from last year’s very successful first “PGI-Tag”, this year’s Assembly will again be accompanied by entertaining and informative events. Due to the pandemic, this event mainly has to take place virtually. We are organising an online event from the Auditorium of the Central Library, which will enable everyone to participate and hopefully once more bring together the many different areas of the institute. 



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