Prof. Dr. Harald Friedrich
Deceased January 5, 2017
Academic Career and Research Areas
The research of Prof. Friedrich (b. 1947) centers on describing atomic systems, especially in the anticlassical, extreme quantum regime. This is highly relevant to current research in ultra-cold atoms and molecules. Topics of particular interest include near-threshold scattering and quantum reflection and universal quantization rules for highly excited, weakly bound states. Raised in Australia, Friedrich studied physics in Kiel and Freiburg.
After receiving his doctorate in 1974 at the University of Münster, he received a German Research Foundation (DFG) grant to study at Oxford University. He did his lecturer qualification in nuclear physics (1980) in Münster. He received a Heisenberg grant to attend the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1981 to 1983), where he turned his attention to atomic physics. In 1990, he published a textbook on theoretical atomic physics, which is now in its second German edition and third English edition. Before becoming a professor at TUM (1987), he lectured at the University of Münster, Caltech, Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University and the University of Tübingen. He also spent periods at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Physics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Australian National University in Canberra.
- Outstanding Referee for Journals of the American Physical Society (2008)
Friedrich H, Trost J: "Working with WKB waves far from the semiclassical limit". Physics Reports. 2004; 397: 359-449.
Friedrich H, Jacoby G, Meister CG: "Quantum reflection by Casimir-van der Waals potential tails". Physical Review A. 2002; 65: 032902.
Friedrich H, Wintgen D: "The hydrogen atom in a uniform magnetic field — an example of chaos". Physics Reports. 1989; 183: 37-79.
Buck B, Friedrich H, Wheatley C: "Local potential models for the scattering of complex nuclei", Nuclear Physics. 1977; A275: 246-268.