Prof. Dr. Frank Pollmann



Academic Career and Research Areas

Frank Pollmann’s research focuses on a variety of problems in the field of solid state theory. His main focus lies on the study of collective phenomena which arise due to quantum mechanical effects in systems of correlated electrons. Areas of research include the study of topological phases of matter, frustrated spin systems, and the dynamics of disordered systems. To gain deeper insights into the physics of these systems, he employs concepts from quantum information theory. These concepts have proven to be very useful in acquiring a more fundamental understanding of the structure of quantum many-body states and in designing efficient computer algorithms for numerical simulations of correlated quantum systems.
Pollmann studied physics at TU Braunschweig and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. After completing his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS) in 2006, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Starting from 2011 he headed a junior research group at MPIPKS. In 2016 Pollmann took up an associate professorship appointment at TUM.


  • Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) (2017)
  • Walter Schottky Prize of the German Physical Society, DPG (2015)
  • Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society (2007)

Pollmann F, Mukerjee S, Turner A, Moore JE: “Theory of finite-entanglement scaling at one-dimensional quantum critical points”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2009; 102(25): 255701.


Pollmann F, Turner AM, Berg E, Oshikawa M: “Entanglement spectrum of a topological phase in one dimension”. Phys. Rev. B. 2010; 81: 064439.


Pollmann F, Berg E, Turner AM, Oshikawa M: “Symmetry protection of topological order in one-dimensional quantum spin systems”. Phys. Rev. B. 2012; 85: 075125.


Bardarson JH, Pollmann F, Moore JM: “Unbounded Growth of Entanglement in Models of Many-Body Localization”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2012; 109: 017202.


Zaletel MP, Mong RSK, Pollmann F: “Topological Characterization of Fractional Quantum Hall Ground States from Microscopic Hamiltonians”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013; 110: 236801.