Head:
Wolfgang König

Coworkers:
Tejas Iyer, Julian Kern, Heide Langhammer, Elena Magnanini, Robert I. A. Patterson, Alexandra Quitmann, Helia Shafigh, Alexander Zass, Willem van Zuijlen

Secretary:
Christina van de Sand


from left to right: Wolfgang König, Anne Flöge, Tejas Iyer, Heide Langhammer, Elena Magnanini, Robert Patterson, Alexandra Quitmann, Michiel Renger, Christina van de Sand, Alexander Zass, Willem van Zuijlen

Overview

The research group deals with the mathematical analysis of interacting random systems with a very large number of degrees of freedom. Examples come from statistical physics, chemical engineering, flow theory and materials science. The interactions are typically defined on a microscopic scale, and the macroscopic (sometimes also the mesoscopic) behavior of the system is described. The research group uses methods from asymptotic probability theory (large deviations, stochastic geometry, weak convergence of measures, combinatorics,...) and analysis (calculus of variations, Gamma convergence, spectral theory, partial differential equations,...).

Topics (selection)

The group focuses on the field of tension between localized versus homogenized behavior of the eigenfunctions of random operators or random movements in random media, on questions of large deviations for large particle systems and their physical interpretation, and on various micro-macro phase transitions (e.g. condensation, gelation or crystallization) in many-body systems, or in particle systems with coagulation, or in spatially embedded random graphs. In the core topics of the group, the DFG priority program SPP2265 "Random Geometric Systems" was approved in March 2019 with two funding periods for 2020-26; the head of the research group is the coordinator of this SPP.

Further activities

The group is also very active in the support of the exchange between mathematicians and the scientifically interested public, for instance by giving talks for school classes or for the public, or by editing books for the scientifically interested community. A particular highlight was the organisation of the 200th birthday of the Institute's eponym, Karl Weierstraß, another one the edition of the book ”Mathematics and Society”. Furthermore, the head of the group was in 2010-2019 the acting manager of the education centre in mathematics and the sciences INSPIRATA in Leipzig.