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Theoretische Physik II
Physikalisches Institut
Universität Bayreuth
D-95440 Bayreuth

Room, Building NWII
Tel +49 (0)921 55 3313
Tel -3226 (Sabrina Süss, secretary)
Professor Matthias Schmidt
Smile because of sun. Bayreuth (2018)

News. 13.12.2023. Neural functional theory for soft matter is based on machine learning deep functional relationships of statistical mechanics; see Press Release for PNAS, Review, and Tutorial.

News. 28.5.2023. An overview of power functional machine learning for nonequilibrium Statistical Physics is here, including video content. And a video on fluctuations (19.9.2023).

News. 28.3.2022. An overview of power functional theory for many-body dynamics has appeared in Rev. Mod. Phys. 94, 015007 (2022) doi. A summary of corresponding original papers can be found in the power functional nutshell. UBT press release is here (German version).

News (Münchhausen). Details about our use of Noether's Theorem in Statistical Mechanics can be found on this webpage, in this press release and this TV performance at ARD alpha.

I hold the Chair for Theoretical Physics II in the Department of Physics of the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

My research covers the physics of soft condensed matter, and in particular dispersions of colloidal particles and polymer solutions. Of interest are collective phenomena such as phase transitions (condensation, demixing, and freezing) and the influence of gravity, substrates, and random disorder on such phenomena. Methods to handle the Statistical Mechanics are density functional theory and computer simulations. We have developed a novel approach for nonequilibrium many-body physics, dubbed power functional theory.

An experimentalist in Bayreuth who shares similar research interests is Professor Thomas Fischer.

Previous teaching. Announcement of the new winter 2018/2019 course on Variational Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics.

See details illustrating our story about sheared interfaces in driven Ising models.

German pronounciation is Buy-raw-it.

The Bayreuth Physics Department runs a channel on YouTube, which has turned into a historical document.

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