Class of 2013-14
Ulm University, Germany
Austrian Academy of Sciences
With research that extends across several areas of physics, Wolfgang Peter Schleich’s major scientic interests are found where theoretical and experimental quantum optics intersect with fundamental questions of quantum mechanics, general relativity, number theory, statistical physics, and non-linear dynamics.
Best known for his research into the physics of phase space, and in particular Wigner functions, cold atoms, and the interface to solid-state physics, Schleich also conducts tests of general relativity using cold atoms, specifically Bose-Einstein condensates. Schleich earned his doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1984. He has served as a chaired professor of theoretical physics at Germany’s Ulm University since 1991, where he directs the Institute for Quantum Physics. He was vice-chairman of the university council from 2000-2003. Recently, he established and secured the funding for the Institute for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology between Ulm University and the University of Stuttgart. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Academy of Europe, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy, and Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Schleich has received numerous awards, among them, the Leibniz Prize in 1995, the Max Planck Research Award in 2002, and the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics in 2008. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the European Optical Society, and the Optical Society of America.
He has organized more than 30 international conferences on quantum optics, and was editor of Optics Communications for 15 years and co-editor of The New Journal of Physics. He also served as a divisional associate editor for Physical Review Letters for six years. Schleich has served as a referee for Applied Physics, Journal of the Optical Society of America A and B, Nature, Optics Communications, Physical Review A and B, Physical Review Letters, and Science, as well as for several funding agencies, including the German Research Foundation, the Austrian Science Fund, and the Marsden Fund in New Zealand. He was vice chairman of to the general selection committee for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 1999-2008 and a member of the German Research Foundation’s Senate Subcommittee on Collaborative Research from 2000-2005. While serving as a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Schleich will promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research within quantum science and engineering. He will interact with researchers and students within the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering, which spans across five colleges—agriculture, engineering, liberal arts, science, and veterinary medicine—as well as numerous departments, including chemistry, mathematics, and ecosystems management. These collaborations will focus on applying quantum techniques to solve problems of interest to multidisciplinary fields within Texas A&M. Planned projects will include generating anthrax detectors, creating sky lasers to detect biochemical pathogens, developing new magnetometers to detect submarines, and working with sub-diffraction limited imaging as well as with high power and XUV laser systems associated with generating femto-second impulses.
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