Peter Zoller

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Peter Zoller

Peter A. Zoller (born September 16, 1952 in Innsbruck ) is a theoretical physicist from Austria. He deals with quantum optics and quantum information and is best known for his pioneering work on quantum computers as well as cross-connections between quantum optics and solid state physics .


Peter Zoller studied physics at the University of Innsbruck , received his doctorate there in February 1977 and then worked as an assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 1978/79 he conducted research with Peter Lambropoulos at the University of Southern California as a Max Kade Fellow , and in 1980 he spent a research stay in Dan Walls' group in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1981 Peter Zoller completed his habilitation with a thesis “On the light-statistical dependence of resonant multiphoton processes” at the University of Innsbruck. In 1981/82 and 1988 he was visiting fellow for one year at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder . In 1986 he was visiting professor at the Université de Paris-Sud 11, Orsay .

In 1991 Peter Zoller was appointed Professor of Physics and JILA Fellow at the JILA and Physics Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At the end of 1994 he followed the call to the University of Innsbruck, where he has been working ever since. From 1995 to 1999 he headed the Institute for Theoretical Physics, from 2001 to 2004 he was deputy dean of the faculty. Since 2003 Peter Zoller has been Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences .

Peter Zoller is still closely associated with JILA as an Adjoint Fellow. Numerous visiting professorships also took him to all important centers of physics around the world. Among other things, he was Loeb Lecturer at Harvard University in Boston in 2004 , Yan Jici Chair Professor at the Chinese University of Science and Technology , Hefei, Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing (2004), holder of the Lorentz Professorship at the University of Leiden (2005) and Distinguished Lecturer at the Technion in Haifa (2007). In 2008 and 2010 he was Moore Distinguished Scholar at Caltech , and in 2010 Arnold Sommerfeld Lecturer at LMU Munich . In 2012/13 he was a “Distinguished Fellow” at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and in 2015 Solvay Professor of Physics at the University of Brussels . Since July 2014 he has been an "External Scientific Member" of the MPI for Quantum Optics.

Peter Zoller is married and has three children.


As a theorist, Peter Zoller has written major papers on the interaction of laser light and atoms . In addition to fundamental developments in quantum optics, he has also succeeded in building bridges to quantum information and solid state physics. A model of a quantum computer proposed by him and Ignacio Cirac in 1995 is based on the interaction of lasers with cold ions stored in an electromagnetic trap . Basically, this idea has been implemented experimentally in recent years, and it is one of the most promising concepts on the way to a scalable quantum computer. Zoller also made the link between quantum physics and solid state physics with his research colleagues. For example, he made the proposal to build a quantum simulator with cold atoms and, for example, to use it to research the still unexplained phenomena in high-temperature superconductors . Zoller's ideas and concepts receive widespread attention in the scientific community, and his research work is often cited.


For his achievements in the field of quantum optics and quantum information and in particular for his pioneering work in quantum computers and quantum communication, he has received a number of prizes. These include the John Stewart Bell Prize (2019), the Micius Quantum Foundation Prize ( Micius Prize , 2019), the Norman F. Ramsey Prize (2018), the Willis E. Lamb Prize (2018) , the Herbert Walther Prize (2016), the Wolf Prize for Physics (2013) together with his Spanish colleague Ignacio Cirac , the Blaise Pascal Medal in Physics (2011), the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics (2011), the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Physics (2010), the Spanish BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2008) from the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, one of the most valuable research prizes he received with Ignacio Cirac, the Dirac Medal (ICTP) (2006 ), the 6th International Quantum Communication Award (2006), the Niels Bohr Gold Medal (2005) from UNESCO , the Max Planck Medal (2005) from the German Physical Society , the Humboldt Research Award (2000), the Erwin Schrödinger Prize (1998) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Max Born Award (1998) of the Optical Society of America , as well as the Wittgenstein Prize (1998), the highest Austrian scientific award . In 2002 he was awarded the Tyrolean State Prize for Science .

In 2019 Peter Zoller received an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder and in 2012 from the University of Amsterdam . In 1992 he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society . In 2013 he became a member of the Academia Europaea , 2012 of the European Academy of Sciences, 2010 of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina , 2009 of the Spanish Academy of Sciences , 2008 of the National Academy of Sciences , USA, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences . Since 2001 he has been a real member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences . In 2019 he was named Tyrolean of the year by Governor Günther Platter .


  • Crispin W. Gardiner, Peter Zoller: Quantum Noise. A Handbook of Markovian and Non-Markovian Quantum Stochastic Methods with Applications to Quantum Optics . Springer, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-540-22301-0 .
  • Crispin Gardiner and Peter Zoller: The Quantum World of Ultra-Cold Atoms and Light Book I: Foundations of Quantum Optics , Imperial College Press, London and Singapore 2014. ISBN 1-783-26461-6
  • Crispin Gardiner and Peter Zoller: The Quantum World of Ultra-Cold Atoms and Light Book II: Physics of Quantum Optical Devices , Imperial College Press, London and Singapore 2015. ISBN 1-783-26616-3
  • Crispin Gardiner and Peter Zoller: The Quantum World of Ultra-Cold Atoms and Light Book III: Ultra-Cold Atoms , World Scientific, London and Singapore 2017. ISBN 978-1-786-34417-5

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 2015 International Jacques Solvay Chair in Physics - Professor Peter Zoller - INAUGURAL LECTURE on 6 October - Photonics @ be. In: September 24, 2015, accessed February 28, 2016 .
  2. Prof. Peter Zoller is elected as “External Scientific Member” at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, press release of the MPI Quantenoptik, July 2014
  3. JI Cirac, P. Zoller, Quantum Computations with Cold Trapped Ions , Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 20, 4091-4094 (1995)
  4. D. Jaksch, C. Bruder, JI Cirac, CW Gardiner and P. Zoller, Cold Bosonic Atoms in Optical Lattices , Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 3108-3111 (1998)
  5. Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Research [1]
  6. Google Scholar Citations Peter Zoller [2]
  7. China honors Austrian quantum researchers . Article dated April 26, 2019, accessed April 26, 2019.
  8. Peter Zoller receives American science award . Article dated May 29, 2018, accessed May 29, 2018.
  9. ^ The Optical Society and DPG Name Peter Zoller Winner of the 2016 Herbert Walther Award , accessed December 11, 2015.
  10. Great award for Peter Zoller on ORF on January 3, 2013, accessed on January 3, 2013
  11. ^ Tyrolean State Prize for Science - Winners 1984 to 2014. (pdf) Archived from the original on October 13, 2015 ; accessed on October 14, 2015 .
  12. ^ Academy of Europe: Zoller Peter
  13. Member entry by Peter Zoller (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on June 27, 2016.
  14. LH Platter: "Kristina Sprenger and Peter Zoller show the power of Tyrol". In: October 18, 2019, accessed October 19, 2019 .