Understanding composite, interacting quantum many body systems and harnessing their potential for quantum information purposes as quantum simulators or quantum sensors, as well as applying insights gained here to other fields, including biology, pose some of the most outstanding challenges in modern quantum physics.

Quantum Effects in Biology

Open Quantum Systems

Diamond Sensors and Simulators

Furthermore, our group investigates the possibility of forming interfaces between the these many-body systems and light in order to generate novel non-classical light sources and quantum memories for light.

Quantum Many-Body Systems and Control

Quantum Information and Entanglement Theory

Quantum Simulations With Trapped Particles

Our research group aims to address these challenges by pursuing research in quantum information and entanglement theory as well as the theory of open quantum systems and the study of non-trivial quantum effects in biological systems. We work with a wide variety of technologies, including NV centers in diamond, trapped ions and optical cavities, by developing theoretical proposals whose realization and application for example in biology we are pursuing in collaboration with national and international groups and interacting very closely with the experimental groups in Ulm.

We are part of the vibrant quantum science community at Ulm University. In this short video  you can learn more about the topics that our and the other research groups in this community work at


Am Institut für Theoretische Physik steht eine breite Auswahl von Themen aus den Bereichen Quanteninformation, Quantencomputing, Quantenoptik und Quantenbiologie zur Verfügung. Anfragen beim Institutsdirektor, Herrn Prof. Plenio, sind jederzeit willkommen.

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Ulm University
Institute of Theoretical Physics
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
D - 89081 Ulm

Tel: +49 731 50 22911
Fax: +49 731 50 22924

Office: Building M26, room 4117

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Most Recent Papers

Efficient Information Retrieval for Sensing via Continuous Measurement, Phys. Rev. X 13, 031012arXiv:2209.08777

Active hyperpolarization of the nuclear spin lattice: Application to hexagonal boron nitride color centers, Phys. Rev. B 107, 214307, arXiv:2010.03334

Driving force and nonequilibrium vibronic dynamics in charge separation of strongly bound electron–hole pairs, Commun Phys 6, 65 (2023)arXiv:2205.06623

Asymptotic State Transformations of Continuous Variable Resources, Commun. Math. Phys. 398, 291–351 (2023)arXiv:2010.00044

Spin-Dependent Momentum Conservation of Electron-Phonon Scattering in Chirality-Induced Spin Selectivity, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2023, 14, XXX, 340–346arXiv:2209.05323