Prof. Dr. Michael Knap

Assistant Professor

Collective Quantum Dynamics



Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Michael Knap aims at a broad range of questions from condensed matter theory and bridges to quantum optics, atomic physics, and computational sciences. Interactions and correlations in condensed matter systems often manifest in striking and novel properties. These properties emerge from collective behavior of the quantum particles. Many examples can be found in nature, including superconductors, quantum magnets and superfluids. The main focus of Knap's work has been on the development of analytical and numerical techniques to elucidate the effects of strong interactions. His research has addressed various questions in non-equilibrium quantum dynamics and transport in ultracold quantum gases, interacting light-matter systems, and correlated quantum materials.
Michael Knap studied physics at Graz University of Technology, Austria. After obtaining his PhD he moved to Harvard University, USA, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Condensed Matter Theory Group and at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP). In 2015 Knap was awarded a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professorship. 


  • Promotion sub auspiciis (2013)
  • Schrödinger Fellowship (2012)
  • Fellowship awarded by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation (2011)

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Knap M, Sau JD, Halperin BI, Demler E: "Transport in two-dimensional disordered semimetals". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2014; 113, 186801.


Knap M, Mathy CJM, Ganahl M, Zvonarev MB, Demler E: "Quantum flutter: Signatures and Robustness". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2014; 112, 015302.


Knap M, Kantian A, Giamarchi T, Bloch I, Lukin MD, Demler E: "Probing real-space and time resolved correlation functions with many-body Ramsey interferometry". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013: 111, 147205.


Knap M, Shashi A, Nishida Y, Imambekov A, Abanin DA, Demler E: "Time dependent impurity in ultracold fermions: orthogonality catastrophe and beyond". Phys. Rev. X. 2012; 2: 041020.


Knap M, von der Linden W, Arrigoni E: “Nonequilibrium steady state for strongly-correlated many-body systems: Variational cluster approach”. Phys. Rev. B. 2011; 84, 115145.