Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Algae with light switch

September 29, 2017

The adhesion of Chlamydomonas, a unicellular alga, to surfaces is light-dependent [more]


Quantum particles in a synchronized dance

May 19, 2017

Quantum systems oscillate in synchronization after a short time just like classical pendulums [more]

Research publications 2016

A formula for preventing power outages

April 14, 2016

The search for power lines that constitute the weaker links of the grid is set to become simpler [more]

Research publications 2015

No cable spaghetti in the brain

November 23, 2015

The brain is not relying on random-wiring, but self-organized neural networks for visual information processing [more]


The origin of the very first species and the start of Darwinian evolution

November 23, 2015

A model can explain the origin of the first biological species from which all of today’s life forms descended [more]


Fractals set the tone

August 27, 2015

Self-similar patterns occur in the rhythm and the variation of loudness in a drummer’s playing [more]

Research publications 2014

Music under the microscope

June 10, 2014

Droplets on a microfluidic chip can be controlled so precisely that they become a musical instrument [more]

Research publications 2013

Control is good, freedom is better

September 27, 2013

A new method speeds up stabilisation of chaotic systems. The trick: stall control every so often [more]


Crackling noise during growth

August 07, 2013

When drops or dust particles coalesce, they often follow the same statistical laws as the noise made by crumpling paper [more]


The broken symphony of swinging metronomes

June 19, 2013

An experiment with 30 metronomes reveals chimera states which combine aspects of synchrony and of disorder. Researchers had been looking for such states for ten years. [more]


Amoebae that keep the beat

March 20, 2013

Even miniscule changes in their environment can cause the cytoskeleton of the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to oscillate [more]


Film or droplets?

January 28, 2013

There is a straightforward explanation as to when a liquid on a rough surface will form a thin film and when it will form droplets [more]

Research publications 2012

A glance at the brain's circuit diagram

October 17, 2012

A new method facilitates the mapping of connections between neurons [more]


The smallest ice crystals in the world

September 24, 2012

An ingenious experiment reveals the minimum number of molecules needed before water forms a crystalline structure [more]


Solar and wind energy may stabilise the power grid

September 13, 2012

Power grids with many small power plants suffer fewer outages, but new lines must be planned with care [more]


Small droplets grow differently

August 28, 2012

Initially, there is an unexpected growth spurt when droplets grow from moisture condensing on a surface. [more]


Computing in the net of possibilities

August 14, 2012

The complex network computer processes information in a fundamentally new way – and could one day rival today's computers [more]


The network's skeleton

June 19, 2012

Complex networks can be simplified, increasing our understanding of disease propagation and ecosystems [more]


The living fossils of brain evolution

May 22, 2012

Göttingen scientists reconstruct a radical change during the evolution of the brain [more]


Liquid with corners

April 05, 2012

A new model explains why a fluid spreading out over a surface can form a polygonal hydraulic jump [more]


Highly flexible despite hard-wiring – even slight stimuli change the information flow in the brain

March 23, 2012

Neural networks of the brain can easily influence each other [more]

Research publications 2011

Tissue structure delays cancer development

December 19, 2011

Computer model reveals that spatial structure delays tumour formation [more]


Colouring musical rhythms with coloured noise

October 28, 2011

Max Planck researchers discover the statistical laws governing rhythmic fluctuations in human musical performances [more]


Travelling epidemics

August 31, 2011

Human mobility patterns and their impact on the spread of epidemics


Simply knotted

August 18, 2011

Silica microspheres in liquid crystals offer the possibility of creating every knot conceivable. [more]


A LEAP in controlling cardiac fibrillation

July 14, 2011

Researchers develop a new low-energy defibrillation method [more]


Sleeping sickness parasite masters three different swimming modes

June 16, 2011

Scientists from Germany and Switzerland decipher the precise patterns of motion of the parasite Trypanosoma. [more]


The pirouette effect in the chaos of turbulence

June 08, 2011

Findings on how vortices behave in a turbulent flow could facilitate the simulation of clouds in climate models [more]


Out of mind in a matter of seconds

January 24, 2011

Surprising rate at which neuronal networks in the cerebral cortex delete sensory information [more]


Beating the competition

January 17, 2011

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization discover how the size of networks can skyrocket [more]

Research publications 2010

Environmental scandal in Chile

June 22, 2010

Göttingen scientist discovers hitherto unknown impacts of Chilean salmon farms on coastal ecosystem [more]


Growing brain is particularly flexible

June 22, 2010

Max Planck scientists investigate how the brain changes during growth [more]


Organized chaos gets robots going

January 17, 2010

An autonomous walking robot switches flexibly between many different gaits by using "chaos control" [more]

Research publications 2009

Turbulence around heat transport

December 03, 2009

Heat transport in the earth’s mantle and in the atmosphere is probably not as effective as previously thought [more]


A new kind of counting

February 06, 2009

Göttingen-based scientists are developing a computer algorithm to solve previously unsolvable counting problems [more]

Research publications 2008

Putting an end to turbulence

November 21, 2008

Whether in oil pipelines or city water mains - turbulent flow is not stable [more]


Why anyone can build a sandcastle

February 11, 2008

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen unravel the complex structure of wet granulates [more]

Research publications 2007

Two Brains - One Thought

January 31, 2007

Max Planck researchers in Göttingen have developed a method to identify possible wiring diagrams of a network based on its dynamics [more]

Research publications 2006

A High-Speed Camera Records Turbulence

March 06, 2006

Max Planck researchers in Göttingen answer the decades-old question of how particles separate in turbulence [more]


Trace the Money

January 25, 2006

Max Planck researchers in Goettingen find universal rules governing the way humans travel - a breakthrough for the mathematical prediction of the spread of epidemics [more]

Research publications 2005

Open Microfluidic and Nanofluidic Systems

February 15, 2005

Max Planck scientists develop fundamentals for new microfluidic and nanofluidic devices [more]

Research publications 2004

Are you Slow in Coordinating your Thoughts?

March 08, 2004

Max Planck scientists discover a speed limits in neural networks [more]

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