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Science Physics

Physics is a natural science that studies the fundamental properties of space and time, the universe and its building blocks, as well as fundamental forces and forms of energy. The aim of physics is to describe the observable structures and processes in the universe. It proceeds methodically: on the one hand, precise observations have to be made and regularities established, e.g. the movement of celestial bodies with gigantic telescopes, the change of solids with the help of extremely powerful lasers and ultra-sharp microscopes in laboratories, or the formation of elementary particles through huge experiments at particle accelerators. On the other hand, these observations and regularities have to be described by physical models, e.g. Maxwellian electromagnetism, the theory of relativity or quantum mechanics. These models are typically formulated in the language of mathematics. In the process, an exciting cycle begins that is typical of any form of science: a model derived from observations and formulated in mathematical terms makes concrete predictions and must be able to be measured against further observations. If a measurement is found that is not consistent with the model under investigation, it must be revised or even discarded. This leads to new predictions and measurements, and thus to an improved understanding of nature.

An example: astronomers observe the course of the planets for centuries, Kepler finds astonishingly simple laws in the observations, which Newton in turn explains with the theory of gravity, inventing differential calculus in the process. Calculations then show that there must be more planets, and finally Neptune is found at the predicted location.

However, physics is not only basic research, but often also application-oriented. There are areas of physics that have a strong overlap with other, often technological, fields. In most cases, applied physics focuses on questions from these areas and uses knowledge of physical processes and models to answer them. Prominent examples are nanotechnology, materials science or medical physics.

The Department of Physics at TU Dortmund University has four main research areas, which are representative of the broad spectrum of physical issues.


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Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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