Thomas Schäfer - Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart

Low Temperature Physics (TT) Surface Science (O)

Position Head of Research Group "Theory of Strongly Correlated Quantum Matter"
Address Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
Research Strongly correlated electron systems, quantum many-body theory, quantum criticality, high-temperature superconductivity, frustrated magnetic systems
Weblinks Group-Website
Divisions Low Temperature Physics (TT)
Surface Science (O)


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Research Agenda: Materials with strong electronic correlations are amongst the most intriguing topics at the forefront of research in condensed matter physics. On the one hand, they exhibit fascinating phenomena like quantum criticality and high-temperature superconductivity, bearing a high potential for applications. On the other hand, they are theoretically very appealing due to their limited understanding, even on the very fundamental level. Within the research group "Theory of Strongly Correlated Quantum Matter", starting from September 2020, the frontier of this fundamental understanding is pushed by applying cutting-edge numerical quantum field theoretical methods to quantum critical systems, high-temperature superconductors, Mott insulators and magnetically frustrated systems, both in the purely model (Hubbard model, periodic Anderson model) as well as material oriented (heavy fermions, cuprates, organics) context.

Short Bio: 

since September 2020: Research group leader "Theory of Strongly Correlated Quantum Matter" at MPI-FKF

2017-2020: Postdoc and Erwin-Schrödinger Fellow with Prof. Antoine Georges (Collège de France and École Polytechnique, Paris), regular visits of the Center for Computational Quantum Physics, Flatiron Institute, New York City

2016-2017: Postdoc with Prof. Alessandro Toschi, TU Wien

2013-2016: PhD under the supervision of Prof. Karsten Held and Prof. Alessandro Toschi, TU Wien, completed "sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae"

2007-2012: Bachelor and Master studies TU Wien, completed "with distinction", Master Thesis (under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Toschi) awarded with the Award for an outstanding and excellent thesis of the City of Vienna