Prof. Dr. Michael Knap



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 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. 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 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. 


  • Supervisory Award, TUM Department of Physics (2018)
  • Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae, Republic of Austria (2013)
  • Schrödinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Fund (2012)
  • Fellowship, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation (2011)

Gopalakrishnan S, Islam KR, Knap M: "Noise-induced subdiffusion in strongly localized quantum systems". Physical Review Letters. 2017; 119(4): 046601.


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.


Cetina M, Jag M, Lous RS, Fritsche I, Walraven JTM, Grimm R, Levinsen J, Parish MM, Schmidt R, Knap M, Demler E: "Ultrafast many-body interferometry of impurities coupled to a Fermi sea". Science. 2016; 354: 96-99. 


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". Physical Review Letters. 2013: 111, 147205.