The University of Vienna welcomes Prof. Norbert Schuch


Dr. Norbert Schuch, professor at the Faculties of Physics and of Mathematics, employs concepts from quantum information, in particular entanglement theory, to study the rich variety of physical phenomena observed in complex interacting quantum many-body systems.

The research group headed by Prof. Norbert Schuch applies quantum information methods to the systematic study of strongly correlated systems, with three main goals; their first aim is to classify the possible phases of strongly correlated systems, this is, the distinct types of global entanglement.
Second, they use these insights to study specific strongly correlated systems by means of tailored variational wavefunctions.
Third, they study the fundamental limitations to their understanding of these systems imposed by quantum complexity theory. An important tool in the studies of the recent ERC Consolidator grant holder is the description of many-body states in terms of tensor networks. Tensor network states provide a description of a global wavefunction, as well as an associated Hamiltonian, from a single local tensor which encapsulates all properties of the system, and thus allow for an explanation of the global behavior of strongly correlated systems based on their local properties.

Education, Professional Experience & Awards:

  • 1997-2002: Studies of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Regensburg
  • 2003-2007: PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the TU Munich
  • 2007-2009: Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Munich
  • 2009-2012: Postdoc at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena/USA
  • 2012-2015: Junior Professor (tenure track) at the Institute for Quantum Informationat RWTH Aachen
  • 2014: ERC Starting Grant "Wavefunctions for Strongly Correlated Systems"
  • 2015-2020: Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Munich
  • 2019: ERC Consolidator Grant "Symmetries and entanglement in quantum matter"
  • As of Oct. 2020: Professor for Physics and Mathematics at the University of Vienna

Info on Prof. Norbert Schuch's lectures and contact details can be found on u:find.

Photo of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Norbert Schuch  © Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics