Our history

The Institute of Theoretical Physics (originally named Institute of Theoretical Nuclear Physics) was founded in 1984 with the support of the Nuclear Development Corporation of South Africa.

The fundamental objectives of the Institute are to undertake research projects in theoretical physics, to assist in the education of graduate students and to provide a centre for the development and co-ordination of activities in theoretical physics in the Physics Department and elsewhere.

Our research

Our research activities cover a wide spectrum and include the study of

  • solitons in field theory,
  • quantum phase transition and exceptional points,
  • gauge theories,
  • complex systems,
  • statistical physics of polymers and biopolymer systems,
  • correlations and fluctuations in hardonic and nuclear collisions and
  • cascades and multifractals in fully developed turbulence.
More theoretical physics activities occur in other groups in the Department of Physics and at the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (Stellenbosch node). (Please see "Our connections", etc.)

Our connections

The Institute of Theoretical Physics is part of the Department of Physics. Please also consults other groups' websites for further theoretical physics research there.

Members of the environment have numerous contacts to other groups and Departments in Stellenbosch and beyond.

The activities of the Institute of Theoretical Physics are in some cases closely linked to those of the Stellenbosch-based hub of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP)i.

Finding us and our events

Contact details, seminars, etc.


For queries about the group, visiting, or teaching programmes, please contact:
Prof. Herbert Weigel
Prof. Hans Eggers


Physical address:
Department of Physics, Merensky Building, off Merriman Ave, Stellenbosch, 7600

Postal address:
Department of Physics, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa