Schleich, Wolfgang P.

Wolfgang Schleich
Universität Ulm
Institut für Quantenphysik
D-89069 Ulm

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Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Title of the Habilitation thesis:
Interference in Phase Space


Dr. rer. nat. (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Title of the Ph.D. thesis:
Optische Tests der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie


Dipl. Phys. (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Title of the Diplom thesis:
Quantenfluktuationen in Ringlaser-Gyroskopen

Employment History


University of Ulm
Chair-Professor of Theoretical Physics (W3)


Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching,
Research Scientist (Prof. Dr. H. Walther)


Center for Theoretical Physics, Austin, TX, USA
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Prof. Dr. J. A. Wheeler)


Leave of absence from the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching to the Institute of Modern Optics, Albuquerque, N.M., USA
Ph.D. student with Prof. Dr. M. O. Scully


Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching
Diplom and Ph.D. student with Prof. Dr. M. O. Scully

Professional Activities

Organizer and co-organizer of about 35 international conferences on quantum optics

Co-Editor of the Journal:
Fortschritte der Physik

Referee for many scientific journals such as:
Applied Physics B, Foundations of Physics, Journal of Modern Optics, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Nature, Nature Physics, Optics Communications, Physical Review A, Physical Review B, Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters, and Science

Referee for many funding agencies such as:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Fond zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (Austria), Marsden Fund (New Zealand)

Chairman of the Quantum Optics Division of the German Physical Society, 1996-1998

Editor of the journal Optics Communication, 1996-2011

Member and Vice-Chairman of the Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 1999-2008

Member of the Advisory Board of New Journal of Physics, 1999-2009

Vice-chairman of Hochschulrat University of Ulm, 2000-2003

Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters, 2000-2006

Member of the DFG Senate Subcommittee on Sonderforschungsbereiche,  2002-2005

Member of the Fundamental Physics Advisory Group (FPAG) of the European Space Agency (ESA), 2007-2009

Member of the Selection Committee of the Herbert Walther Prize of the OSA and DPG, 2007-2011

Member of the Editorial Board of Progess in Optics, 2008-

Vice-President of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2009-2012

Member of the Advisory Board of the Heraeus-Foundation, 2009-

Member of the DFG Selection Committee for the Leibniz-Prize, 2009-2011

Member of the Advisory Board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Jena, 2009-2012

Member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Programmevaluation der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 2011-2013

Member of the Selection Committee of the Wigner Medal, 2009-
(Chair of the Selection Committee, 2011-2012)

Member of the Kuratorium Deutsches Museum (Munich), 2016-

Member of the Editorial Board of Lecture Notes in Physics, 2017-

Research Areas

Theoretical quantum optics, physics of cold atoms and analogies to solid state physics, fundamental questions of quantum mechanics, general relativity, number theory, statistical physics and non-linear dynamics



Eminent Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University


Equal Opportunity Award of Ulm University


Medal of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of Czech Technical University in Prague


Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) Faculty Fellow


Election to Academia Europaea


Election to "Outstanding Referee" by the American Physical Society


Election to the Austrian Academy of Sciences (corresponding member)


Willis E. Lamb Award 2008 for Laser Science and Quantum Optics


Fellow of the European Optical Society


Medal of Czech Technical University in Prague, First Class


Election to Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (corresponding member)


Silver Medal of the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague


Election to Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften


Max Planck Research Award


Election to Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina


Fellow of the American Physical Society


Fellow of the Institute of Physics


Fellow of the Optical Society of America


Gottfried-Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


Ernst-Abbe-Medaille (International Commission for Optics)


Preis der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft


Otto-Hahn-Medaille (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Teaching Experience

Repeatedly taught the standard courses of Theoretical Physics: Theoretical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics I, Quantum Mechanics II (Quantum Electrodynamics), Classical Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics and Statistics, Quantum Optics I and II, Quantum Optics and Number Theory.

In the Institut für Quantenphysik we have awarded so far 125 Diplomas (Masters, Bachelors), 50 Doctorates (Ph.D.) and 6 Habilitations. Presently 11 students are working towards their Master/Bachelor and 13 students are working towards their Doctorate degree (Ph.D.).



Texas A&M University, College Station (USA)
Munnerlyn/Heep Chair of Quantum Optics (turned down June 2005)


University of Texas at Dallas (USA)
Professor of Physics with tenure (turned down June 2005)


Universität Ulm
Chair of Theoretical Physics (C4) (accepted December 1990)


Associate Professor with tenure (C3) (accepted November 1990)


Universität Konstanz
Associate Professor with tenure (C3) (turned down October 1990)


Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Associate Professor with tenure (turned down March 1990)


More than 340 publications in journals and books
Moreover, 11 articles were reprinted in books on quantum optics
Three movies

Co-editor of the books:
Noise and Chaos in Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (Cambridge Press, 1993)
Ode to a Quantum Physicist: A Festschrift in Honor of Marlan O. Scully (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2000)
100 Years Werner Heisenberg - Works and Impact (Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 2002)
Elements of Quantum Information (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2007)
Mathematical Analysis of Evolution, Information, and Complexity (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2009)
Atom Optics and Space Physics, Proceedings of the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi" (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2009)

Author of book:
Quantum Optics in Phase Space (VCH-Wiley, Weinheim, 2001; Russian translation 2005; Chinese edition 2010)

Editor of 11 special issues of the journals:
Applied Physics B, Fortschritte der Physik, International Journal of Modern Physics B, Journal of Modern Optics, New Journal of Physics, Optics Communications, Physica Scripta, and Quantum and Semiclassical Optics.


Chairman of the Physics Jury of "Jugend forscht", 2013-

Member of Grants Committee of Collaboration Research Centers (Ausschuss für die Belange der Sonderforschungsbereiche) at DFG, 2002-2005

Member and Vice-Chairman Central Selection Committee (Zentraler Auswahlauschuss) of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 2002-2008

Elected member of Council of Ulm University (Universitätsrat), 2000-2003

Elected member of Senate (Kleiner Senat) of Ulm University, 1997-1999

Elected member of Larger Senate (Großer Senat) of Ulm University, 1992-1996

Chairman of Ph.D. committee of Ulm University, 1993-1995

Vice-Chairman of Ph.D. committee of Ulm University, 1991-1993

List of publications