Michael Knap

Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track

Technische Universität München

Collective Quantum Dynamics

Focus Group
Collective Quantum Dynamics

Short CV

Michael Knap studied physics at Graz University of Technology, Austria. After obtaining his PhD he moved to Harvard University, USA, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Condensed Matter Theory Group and at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP). In 2015 Knap was awarded a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professorship.

Selected Awards

2013 Promotion sub auspiciis

2012 Schrödinger Fellowship

2011 Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Research Interests

The research of Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor Michael Knap aims at a broad range of questions from condensed matter theory and bridges to quantum optics, atomic physics, and computational sciences. Interactions and correlations in condensed matter systems often manifest in striking and novel properties. These properties emerge from collective behavior of the quantum particles. Many examples can be found in nature, including superconductors, quantum magnets and superfluids. The main focus of Knap's work has been on the development of analytical and numerical techniques to elucidate the effects of strong interactions. His research has addressed various questions in non-equilibrium quantum dynamics and transport in ultracold quantum gases, interacting light-matter systems, and correlated quantum materials.

Selected Publications

  • Knap, Michael; Sau, Jay D.; Halperin, Bertrand I.; Demler, Eugene: Transport in Two-Dimensional Disordered Semimetals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113 (18), 2014
  • Knap, Michael; Mathy, Charles J. M.; Ganahl, Martin; Zvonarev, Mikhail B.; Demler, Eugene: Quantum Flutter: Signatures and Robustness. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 (1), 2014 
  • Knap, Michael; Kantian, Adrian; Giamarchi, Thierry; Bloch, Immanuel; Lukin, Mikhail D.; Demler, Eugene: Probing Real-Space and Time-Resolved Correlation Functions with Many-Body Ramsey Interferometry. Phys. Rev. Lett. 111 (14), 2013 
  • Knap, Michael; Shashi, Aditya; Nishida, Yusuke; Imambekov, Adilet; Abanin, Dmitry A.; Demler, Eugene: Time-Dependent Impurity in Ultracold Fermions: Orthogonality Catastrophe and Beyond. Phys. Rev. X 2 (4), 2012 
  • Knap, Michael; von der Linden, Wolfgang; Arrigoni, Enrico: Nonequilibrium steady state for strongly correlated many-body systems: Variational cluster approach. Phys. Rev. B 84 (11), 2011