Centers of Excellence
Scientists and institutes of the physics department take an active part in three centers of excellence.
DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN)
The CFN, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental, yet application-driven research in selected areas of nanoscience. More specifically, the majority of the more than 70 projects at the CFN investigate nanoscale structures and materials for electronic and optical applications. This specific focus is underlined by the fact that 13 of the 48 group leaders at the CFN are affiliated with the Department of Physics. The scientific projects within the CFN are organized into six research areas:
- Molecular Nanostructures
- Nanostructured Materials
KIT Center for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA)
Within the KIT Center KCETA, experimental and theoretical research and teaching are performed at the interfaces of astronomy, astrophysics, elementary particle physics and cosmology. International large-scale projects for knowledge-oriented fundamental research form the basis and the connecting link of the various activities. KCETA is a unique platform for the study of the smallest components of matter and their interactions as well as of their role in the formation and evolution of the largest structures in the universe.
Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)
The Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)
is an interdisciplinary research institution of the
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the field of disaster and risk management.
It was founded in 2002 as a virtual institute between the University of Karlsruhe (TH)
and the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geoscience (GFZ)
with the objective to advance the scientific understanding of hazards and risks and
to develop solutions for the early detection and reduction of these risks.
Additional knowledge in the fields of natural hazards, disasters, security,
and risk research is generated for the benefit of the environment and society
by active collaborations among different KIT institutes, divisions, and programs
as well as cooperation with external organizations.
In 2012, CEDIM embarked on a new style of disaster research known as Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA). In this new research program, an interdisciplinary team of CEDIM researchers investigate and analyze disasters and their impacts in near real-time. The results of these investigations are published as a series of reports available via the CEDIM web page. The current coordinator of CEDIM is PD Dr. Michael Kunz from the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-TRO) at KIT.