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Doctorate Program

Exploring Quantum Matter (ExQM)

TU Munich (coordinating institution), LMU Munich in cooperation with Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), Walther-Meissner-Institute (WMI) and Walter-Schottky Institute (WSI), Garching


Degree: PhD

Duration of study: 3 years

Places of study: Munich / partner-universities (3 months)

Requirements: Master (or Diploma)

Language of instruction: English

Designing quantum matter promises novel technological application in near future. The currently emerging new insight into highly correlated quantum systems will most likely be essential. Among them, there are phenomena as interesting and important as super conductivity, quantum-phase transitions, and the time evolution of quantum many-body systems. A key step to understanding them is large-scale simulation of correlated quantum systems („quantum matter“) in the lab experiment. 

ExQM unites the expertise of some ten first-rank Munich-based research groups located at TU Munich, LMU Munich and Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). By systematically making the most of new media, exchange with international partners at Vienna, Innsbruck, Barcelona, ETH Zurich, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech and others shall be intensified. Assisted on a professional level by Virtual University at LMU as integral partner an International E-Library of Excellence in Quantum Physics shall be set up. ExQM also provides guest professorships and international workshops including participants from industry. 

The international PhD programme addresses physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists as well as physical chemists. Moreover, in order to get trained in new media, science writing, project management and outreach, integrated soft-skill seminars will be offered.  

Projects run for three years. The program is Munich-based. We aim at intense exchange on all levels of national, European (several EU-programs with some 60 partners worldwide) and overseas co-operations. In their third year, PhD students shall spend three months with international partners.  

Prof. Dr. Steffen Glaser

Contact (Coordinator)
Dr. Thomas Schulte-Herbrüggen