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Dr. Ulrich Schneider

Dr. Ulrich Schneider

University Lecturer

Room 834, Rutherford Building
Cavendish Laboratory,
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337239


Before coming to Cambridge, I worked as a Senior Scientist/Group Leader in the Quantum Optics group at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich. Before that, I did a PhD at the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz supervised by Prof. Immanuel Bloch and read physics at the Universität Kaiserslautern.

Research Interests

I am interested many-body phenomena at the interface between quantum optics and solid state physics.

We study this physics using ultracold atoms, that is Bose-Einstein condensates and degenerate Fermi gases, which we load into optical lattices. These periodic optical potentials play the role of the electrostatic potential felt by electrons in a conventional solid. Thereby, we effectively build a quantum simulator for condensed matter physics, where we can study many-body physics in a very clean and precisely controlled system and have all the tools from quantum optics at our disposal.

Key Publications

Observation of many-body localization of interacting fermions in a quasi-random optical lattice
M. Schreiber, S. S. Hodgman, P. Bordia, H. P. Lüschen, M. H. Fischer, R. Vosk, E. Altman, U. Schneider, I. Bloch

An Aharonov-Bohm interferometer for determining Bloch band topology
L Duca, T Li, M Reitter, I Bloch, M Schleier-Smith, U Schneider
Science 347 (6219), 288-292 (2015)

Emergence of coherence and the dynamics of quantum phase transitions
S. Braun, M. Friesdorf, S. S. Hodgman, M. Schreiber, J. P. Ronzheimer, A. Riera, M. del Rey, I. Bloch, J. Eisert, and U. Schneider
PNAS 112, 3641 (2015)

Expansion dynamics of interacting bosons in homogeneous lattices in one and two dimensions
J.P. Ronzheimer, M. Schreiber, S. Braun, S.S. Hodgman, S. Langer, I.P. McCulloch, F. Heidrich-Meisner, I. Bloch and U. Schneider
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 205301 (2013)

Negative Absolute Temperature for Motional Degrees of Freedom
Simon Braun, Jens Philipp Ronzheimer, Michael Schreiber, Sean S. Hodgman, Tim Rom, Immanuel Bloch, Ulrich Schneider
Science 339, 52 (2013)

Metallic and insulating phases of repulsively interacting fermions in a 3D optical lattice
U. Schneider, L. Hackermuller, S. Will, Th. Best, I. Bloch, T. A. Costi, R. W. Helmes, D. Rasch, A. Rosch
Science 322,1520 (2008)

Complete List of publications