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About myself

Since March 2010, I am a full professor (chair) in the physics department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Previously, I have been at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich for five years (from April 2005), as a junior research group leader. At the LMU, I was associated with the chair of theoretical solid state physics (Jan v. Delft) at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics, and I have held various positions (lecturer, junior professor, Emmy-Noether junior group leader).

Prior to that, from 2003 to 2005, I had been in the USA at Yale University, working as a postdoc in the group of Steve Girvin. From 1999 to 2002, I had been a graduate student in the condensed matter theory group of the university of Basel, Switzerland, with Christoph Bruder. In October 2002, I defended my PhD thesis on decoherence at low temperatures. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Bayreuth, where I was a diploma student with Prof. Rainer, graduating in October 1998.

My aims in research and teaching

I have learned one good rule from successful theorists, which is: keep things as simple as possible. The idea is not to solve the most complicated problem with the most sophisticated methods. Rather I always want to capture the essential features in a simplified model, and to work out its crucial aspects in the simplest way possible. At least, that is the goal.

In teaching, I try to emphasize the physics. I always try to prevent good students from getting carried away with the mathematics (even though mastery of the mathematical machinery is important, of course).

Public calendar

I have set up a public calendar, so you can see in advance when and where I will be traveling. This is useful for arranging meetings and scheduling talks etc. It should be up-to-date, as it is directly published from my iCal calendar on my Mac.