Prof. Dr. Michael Knap



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Michael Knap aims at a broad range of questions in condensed matter theory and bridges to quantum optics, atomic physics, and quantum information. 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. His research has addressed various questions in non-equilibrium quantum dynamics of quantum matter. In order to understand the role of interactions between quantum particles, he develops novel numerical approaches, utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning, and develops algorithms for quantum computers.

Michael Knap studied physics at Graz University of Technology, Austria. After obtaining his PhD in 2012, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, USA. In 2015 Knap was awarded a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professorship and was promoted to an Associate Professorship in 2021.


  • ERC Starting Grant (2019)
  • Supervisory Award, TUM Department of Physics (2018)
  • Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae, Republic of Austria (2013)

Feldmeier J, Sala P, de Tomasi G, Pollmann F, Knap M: “Anomalous Diffusion in Dipole- and Higher-Moment Conserving Systems”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2020; 125: 245303.


Bohrdt A, Chiu CS, Ji G, Xu M, Greif D, Greiner M, Demler E, Grusdt F, Knap M: “Classifying Snapshots of the Doped Hubbard Model with Machine Learning”. Nature Phys. 2019; 15: 921.


Bordia P, Lüschen H, Scherg S, Gopalakrishnan S, Knap M, Schneider U, Bloch I: “Probing Slow Relaxation and Many-Body Localization in Two-Dimensional Quasi-Periodic Systems”. Phys. Rev. X. 2017; 7: 041047.


Bohrdt A, Mendl CB, Endres M, Knap M: "Scrambling and thermalization in a diffusive quantum many-body system". New Journal of Physics. 2017; 19: 063001. 


Bordia P, Lüschen H, Schneider U, Knap M, Bloch I: "Periodically Driving a Many-Body Localized Quantum System". Nature Physics. 2017; 13: 460–4.