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TE1: Soft Condensed Matter Physics – Overview



The exam has been graded and the results can be downloaded here.

If you want to review your exam please write an email to Tom Brandstätter. We will send you your exam so you can check it. If you have anything you want to discuss, we can arrange a zoom call.

The exam review will be held on March 16, 2020 from 9:00–11:00 in room A338.

  • The exam will be on Wednesday, February 12, from 9:00-13:00 in room B 005 (Theresienstraße 39). Please arrive at least 10 minutes earlier.
  • Bring your ID card and your student card.
  • You are allowed to bring one A4 cheat sheet with no more than 25 numbered equations on it.

Organization of the lecture

If not stated otherwise, the lecture takes place on

  • Thursday, 12:00 c.t. - 14:00, Theresienstr. 37, A348
  • Friday, 12:00 c.t. - 14:00, Theresienstr. 37, B133

starting on 17.10.2019.

Credits: 4 SWS lecture + 2 SWS exercise class, 9 ECTS


  • Surface forces, Capillarity and Wetting
  • Fractal and Scaling concepts for interfacial growth
  • Self-assembly
  • EW and KPZ equations
  • Polymers and gels
  • Liquid crystals
  • Viscoelasticity and Linear response theory
  • Percolation, jamming and Marginality


Over the last decades, Soft Condensed Matter has emerged as a new class of systems, including polymers, liquid crystals, gels, colloids, foams, and granular matter. Central characteristics of such Soft Matter systems include their disordered nature, and their macromolecular or microscopic constituents with interactions strengths that are typically of the order of the thermal energy. The rich physical behavior of Soft Matter thus often arises through a competition between entropic and energetic effects. A particular intriguing manifestation of Soft Matter occurs in living systems such as cells and tissues, where non-equilibrium effects can play a major role. These lectures will serve as an introduction to the central theoretical concepts and methods that allow us to understand a broad range of behaviors of Soft Condensed Matter.


  • Massao Doi, Soft Matter Physics
  • M. Rubenstein and R. Colby, Polymer Physics
  • M. Doi and S.F. Edwards, Theory of polymer dynamics
  • D. Stauffer and A. Aharoni, Introduction To Percolation Theory
  • Chaikin and Lubensky, Principles of Condensed Matter Physics