TUM – Technical University of Munich Menü

Prof. Dr. Michael Wolf


Mathematical Physics



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research area of Professor Wolf (b. 1974) is mathematical physics with a strong focus on quantum information theory.
Professor Wolf studied physics at LMU Munich and at Heidelberg University. After completing his first degree in experimental physics (1999), he earned his doctoral degree in mathematical physics at TU Braunschweig (2003). He then worked at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. In 2008 he was appointed Ole Roemer professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copen­hagen. In 2011 Professor Wolf was appointed to the Chair of Mathematical Physics at TUM.


  • Recipient of a grant from the German Krupp Foundation (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung), program: "Rückkehr deutscher Wissenschaftler aus dem Ausland" (2011)
  • Young Elite Researcher’s Award of the Danish Council for Independent Research (2008)
  • Ole Roemer professorial fellowship (2007)
  • QIPC European Young Investigator Award (2007)

Key Publications (all publications)

Cubitt TS, Perez-Garcia D, Wolf MM: "Undecidability of the Spectral Gap". Nature. 2015; 528: 207–211.


Heinosaari T, Mazzarella L, Wolf MM: „Quantum Tomography under prior information“. Communication in Mathematical Physics. 2013; 318(2): 355-374.


Wolf MM, Cirac JI: „Dividing quantum cannels“. Communication in Mathematical Physics. 2008; 279 (1): 147-168.


Wolf MM: „Violation of the entropic area law for fermions“. Physical Review Letters. 2006; 96 (1): 010404.


Werner RF, Wolf MM: „ Bound entangled Gaussian states“. Physical Review Letters. 2001; 86 (16): 3658-3661.