Research in the department is divided into the fields of Theoretical Physics and Experimental Physics. Students and doctoral degree candidates are directly involved in the research activities so that teaching and research form a single entity.
The physicists at the University of Stuttgart apply themselves to both fundamental research as well as application-oriented research in the fields of solid state physics, atomic and quantum optics, photonics, quantum technologies, soft matter physics, strongly correlated many-body systems, physical modeling and numerical simulation. The application-oriented branches of research are active in numerous research alliances, both within the university as well as with the neighboring Fraunhofer Institutes and industry. There is also a close cooperation with the two Max-Planck Institutes in Stuttgart.