As one of the classic basic sciences, physics is a core subject among the natural sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. Traditionally rooted in fundamental research, the Department of Physics is divided into the areas of Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Physics Education. Major areas of focus in the research activities within the Department of Physics include solid-state physics, cluster physics, surface physics, biophysics, and physics education.
Joint professorships, together with the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Max Born Institute, expand the spectrum of topics covered to include research on solar energy and rapid nonlinear processes involving surfaces and the solid state.
In addition to its focus on new and innovative research topics carried out in international collaboration, the Department of Physics is characterized by dedicated teaching that provides an outstanding education for young scientists. Through the Physics Education Unit, the Department of Physics has numerous connections to secondary schools and has set up a special laboratory for use by secondary school students and teachers.