Complex systems are out-of-equilibrium systems like lasers, hydrodynamic flows and chemical reactions that are often composed of many microscopic parts that interact nonlinearly. Hence, they can spontaneously form spatial, spatio-temporal, and functional structures that can not be understood as a superposition of the behavior of the parts. The resulting formation of spatio-temporal patterns is often seen as self-organization process
The scientific aim of the working group on Self-Organization and Complexity is to explore universal properties of non-equilibrium systems with theoretical and numerical methods. Of considerable interest are methods of nonlinear dynamics like bifurcation theory, chaos theory combined with methods of statistical physics and the theory of stochastic processes.
Current areas of research:
- Analysis of complex systems
- Turbulent fields and thermal convection
- Spatio-temporal pattern formation in self-assembling systems and its control
- Interface dynamics for complex liquids & soft and active matter
- Dynamics of phase transitions and growth processes