Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Zwerger



Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Zwerger (b. 1954) conducts research on multiparticle phenomena in various fields of theoretical physics, currently in the field of ultracold atoms. He is also interested in the physics of nanostructures, in particular optics in combination with nanomechanical systems.

After studying physics and receiving his doctorate from TUM (1981), Professor Zwerger spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hamburg and another two years at the University of Illinois (USA) working with Nobel Prize winner Professor A.J. Leggett. His postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) at TUM (1988) was followed by professorships at the University of Illinois, Göttingen University, LMU Munich and the University of Innsbruck. Professor Zwerger joined TUM in 2005 as a full professor. He is on the review board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, represents the field of physicals on the Maier-Leibnitz Awards selection committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG), and is a co-founder of the Center for Nano-Science (CENS).


Bloch I, Dalibard J, Zwerger W: “Many-body physics with ultracold gases”. Rev. Mod. Phys. 2008; 80: 885-964.


Haussmann R, Rantner W, Cerrito S, Zwerger W: “Thermodynamics of the BCS-BEC crossover”. Phys. Rev. A. 2007; 75(2): 023610.


Wilson-Rae I, Nooshi N, Zwerger W, Kippenberg T: “Theory of ground state cooling of a mechanical oscillator using dynamical back action”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007; 99(9): 093901.


Enss T, Haussmann R, Zwerger W: "Viscosity and scale invariance in the unitary Fermi gas".  Annals of Physics. 2011; 326(3): 770–796.


Leggett AJ, Chakravarty SC, Dorsey AT, Fisher MPA, Garg A, Zwerger W: “Dynamics of the dissipative two-state system”. Rev. Mod. Phys. 1987; 59: 1-85.