Wolfgang Pauli Centre for Theoretical Physics

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Calculated snapshot of the electron cloud of a xenon atom, deformed by the instantaneous electric field of a strong laser pulse. The results were published in Nature Physics 2017. (Credit: Yi-Jen Chen/DESY)

The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) for Theoretical Physics is an important measure to facilitate scientific exchange between the DESY divisions, scientists of the Universität Hamburg (UHH) and other partners.

The centre pursues and promotes interdisciplinary research to address the fundamental challenges in the understanding of matter and the universe under one organisational roof. The WPC unites the different theory groups in the areas particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics.

Profiting from its embedding in a large-scale research centre, the WPC fosters international cooperation as well as a vivid dialogue between theory and experiment. Within WPC, scientists of DESY Photon Science contribute in the field of non-equilib-rium physics as well as simulation and numerical techniques.