State Research Center OPTIMAS


From June 13 to 15, around 20 students from grades 10 and 11 will gather on the Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK) campus for a physics seminar and the 3rd round of the state physics competition. About half of them compete in the final round of the competition. In addition, all the young people attend physics workshops and conduct experiments in the lab. The program includes wave optics, laser techniques, and work with the scanning tunneling microscope. On Wednesday, June 15, the state competition winner will be chosen. 

Eleven students will compete in the final round of the state physics competition at the TU Kaiserslautern. They have to present a previously prepared paper and show the results of their work in a colloquium. In addition, they are required to carry out and evaluate two experiments independently in the laboratory. The performance in the experiments, the colloquium, and the paper are evaluated in equal parts and finally decide who wins the competition. 

The physics department will invite the winner to an internship, where he or she will gain insight into laboratory work. 

Parallel to the competition, there is a physics seminar for all students. In lectures and experiments, they gain insight into physics research together with the competition participants. Among other things, they will learn how a scanning tunneling microscope makes atoms visible, how to measure with quanta, or what light and color are all about in flower and plant colors. In addition, all young people receive information about the Early Study Program in Physics (FiPS) and the Physics, Biophysics, and TechnoPhysics programs offered by the Physics Department at the TU Kaiserslautern. 

The students attend various high schools in Rhineland-Palatinate. The young people who are not participating in the competition already took part in last year's final round. However, this took place digitally due to the pandemic. Now they are participating on campus. 

The state physics competition was launched by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, Further Education and Culture, the State Research Center for Optics and Materials Science (OPTIMAS), the Collaborative Research Centers SFB-TR185 (OSCAR - Open System Control of Atom and Photonic Matter) and SFB-TR173 (SPIN+X - Spin in its collective environment), the Pfalzmetall Foundation, the Kaiserslautern Lions Club and the Sparkasse Kaiserslautern. 

Contact for questions: 

Anett Fleischhauer 
Dekanat Physik 
Tel.: 0631 205-5251 
E-Mail: afleisch[at] 

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