Division Molecular Physics

Im FV Molekülphysik der DPG sind WissenschaftlerInnen organisiert, die sich mit dem Aufbau, der Struktur und der Dynamik von Molekülen beschäftigen. Die experimentellen Untersuchungen erfolgen meist mit Hilfe der Laserspektroskopie, die theoretischen mit aufwendigen computergestützen Methoden. Aufgrund der stark interdisziplinären Ausrichtung der Molekülphysik beteiligen sich an der Forschung neben PhysikerInnen auch NaturwissenschaftlerInnen anderer Bereiche, z.B. der Chemie.

The Molecular Physics Division of the German Physical Society (DPG) is a platform for all scientists who are interested in the structure and dynamics of molecules. The experimental studies are mainly performed with laser spectrocopy, the theoretical ones with sophisticated computer assisted methods. Due to the strongly interdisciplinary character of molecular physics, not only physicists contribute to the field, but also scientists from others natural sciences like chemists.

The following topics are investigated:

  • How does the transition from atom to solids evolve
  • From the atom to liquids: searching for an accurate description of intermolecular forces
  • Microscopic investigations on biologic relevant molecules
  • Cold molecules
  • Reaction and energy transfer in molecules and fluids
  • Photoionisation

The following experimental techniques are used:

  • Determination of energy levels by high resolution laser spectroscopy
  • Time resolved measurement: Femto second spectroscopy
  • Theoretical methods to calculate potentials and wave packets
  • Laser microscopy, e.g. single molecule spectroscopy

The Molecular Physics Division is a member of the Section "Atoms, Molecules, Optics and Plasma Physics" (SAMOP).

The FV Molekülphysik has currently about 830 active members.