Wolfgang Götze (physicist)

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Wolfgang Götze (born July 11, 1937 in Fürstenwalde ) is a theoretical physicist . He is emeritus from the Technical University of Munich .

After studying physics at the Humboldt University and the Free University in Berlin and completing his doctorate at the Technical University of Munich (then TH) in 1963, guest stays in the USA and Moscow followed . In 1970 Götze accepted a chair for theoretical physics at the Technical University of Munich. Until his retirement in 2004 he researched various problems in the field of theoretical solid-state physics and the dynamics of liquids. Particularly well-known and significant is the mode coupling theory of the glass transition developed by Götze , which he presented in the 1980s and which has since been confirmed several times through experiments and simulations . This theory deals with the dynamics of glass and generally glass-forming liquids, the properties of which can neither be explained by the known laws for crystalline solids nor by the laws of liquids .

For his contributions to the theory of condensed matter, especially the mode coupling theory, Götze received the Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society in 2006 . He was also awarded the 2006 Tomassoni Prize for this theory and all of his research .


Individual evidence

  1. a b TUM Emeriti of Excellence: Wolfgang Götze. tum.de, accessed on April 14, 2019 .
  2. Topic: Transport theory for a dilute gas with Bose-Einstein condensation .
  3. Physics Prizes 2006 . In: Physics Journal . tape 5 , no. 1 , 2006, p. 45 ( pro-physik.de [PDF]).